How Hyundai's Concept Cars Provide an Outlook of the Near Future
SEOUL / OFFENBACH , May 4, 2020 – Hyundai Motor recently revealed its latest concept EV “Prophecy”, the latest model to embody the company’s Sensuous Sportiness design identity. Like the company’s recent concept cars, its design offers clues about how future Hyundai models may look.
Concept cars allow automakers to push the boundaries of car design by exploring new ideas or styles. In recent years, however, Hyundai has presented a number of concept cars that have informed the design of subsequent production models.
2016 – RN30
Based on the i30, it was developed in close collaboration with Hyundai Motorsport, Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center and Hyundai Motor’s Performance Development and High Performance Vehicle Division. The RN30 was praised for combining an aerodynamic design alongside specialised high-performance technologies, as well as the promise of thrilling high-speed driving.
The RN30’s exterior design features a ‘floating’ fender over each wheel which, in combination with the side splitters, enhance aerodynamic performance, producing the sensation that the car is being ‘sucked’ on to the track.
2017 – FE Fuel Cell
The futuristic FE Fuel Cell Concept was a step forward for hydrogen-powered vehicles when it debuted at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. With it, Hyundai reaffirmed its commitment to fuel cell vehicle development.
Featuring a flowing form inspired by nature, the FE Fuel Cell Concept’s only emission is water.
2019 – Vision T
At last year’s AutoMobility LA, Hyundai revealed its innovative Vision T Plug-in Hybrid SUV Concept. Revolving around the concept of dynamism, it offers a vision of the company’s new urban adventurer SUV design direction.
In contrast to prevailing compact SUV designs, Vision T uses crisp geometric angles and sharp edges to create a striking contrast between a sleek silhouette and masculine wedge lines.
2020 – “Prophecy”
Hyundai’s most recent concept car, “Prophecy”, was revealed in March of this year. In sharp contrast to its predecessor 45, “Prophecy” features smooth curves and flowing lines, with virtually no sharp angles or hard edges to break the flow. Its name, “Prophecy”, is a clear hint that this car is a teaser of things to come.
The design identity can be seen in the car’s perfect silhouette, consisting of one streamlined curve sweeping from the front of the car to the rear. The smooth lines and sweeping curves give “Prophecy” the look of a perfectly-weathered stone.
May 05, 2020 at 01:36