Hyundai & # 39; s all-electric concept car, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show on Tuesday, is a retro-futuristic stunner that goes back to the automaker's first trip to mass-produced vehicles more than four decades ago.
There is a clear atmosphere here from the late & & # 39; 70 / early & & # 39; 80 that is to design. "Inspired by looking back on the brand's first model in the 1970s, the『 45 』all-electric concept car will act as a symbolic milestone for Hyundai's future EV design," Hyundai said in his press material.
For what it's worth, those weird brackets around "45" are the addition of Hyundai, not mine. The South Korean car manufacturer says the name and brackets are in part a reference to the 45-degree angles on the front and rear, "forming a diamond-shaped silhouette that further predicts the design direction of future EV models." But they are also a reference to Hyundai & # 39; s origins 45 years ago.
My first thought to look at the body shape and rear lights was "DeLorean DMC-12". But a more direct analogue is the 1974 Pony Coupe, Hyundai & # 39; s first mass-produced car and first export. The automaker is clearly trying to make a statement about its history and how it will learn with the intended future.
There are all kinds of futuristic accents on the 45 that are not immediately clear to the naked eye. At the bottom of the driver's door "a special set of lights" indicates how much range you have before you have to charge the battery. The car uses cameras instead of side mirrors and the interior is dominated by a dashboard-length screen that Hyundai claims to operate via "projection bar interface" that "replaces a single central touchscreen with a series of displays and functions integrated into the dashboard itself. "
The interior also points to a possible autonomous future. The generous width and floor are intended to simulate a living room. The production version will not be autonomous, Hyundai said, but it wanted to retain the ability to transform the 45 into a self-driving car if necessary.
Depending on whether or not it ultimately goes into the product, the 45 could be an interesting sequel to Hyundai & # 39; s first production EV, the Kona SUV, which became dealers in 2018. The automaker is also working on a prototype of an electric supercar using technology from the Croatian company Rimac.