Hyundai leaks hybrid SUV details and pics
Hyundai releases sneak peek of a new hybrid SUV concept.
Ahead of the 2019 AutoMobility show in Los Angeles, Hyundai has shared details of its experimental SUV project.
Hyundai SUV concept details
Details are a little light, but Hyundai confirmed the SUV is a plug-in hybrid (PHEV). Company representatives described how the car showcased the Korean brand's "Sensuous Sportiness" design vocabulary.
SangYup Lee, the Senior Vice President of the Hyundai Global Design Centre, explained how the car featured pioneering design elements that would "add emotional value to our product experience".
We pursue innovative solutions in design and add emotional value to our product experience through sensuous sportiness design language”
In practice, that translates to a radical geometric patterning, reminiscent of the surface of a diamond. Hyundai labelled the theme as a "Parametric Fantasy", as well as "Transcendent Connectivity". Combined, these stylistic approaches mean there are few continuous lines to break up the car's key elements. It is, indeed, quite a radical look.
There may also be aerodynamic benefits to such a design, with the faceted forms acting like the dimples of a golf ball. Hyundai didn't directly mention this as such, but they did speak about how light interplays with these planes and gives an edgy sensation.
Maintaining the seamless, boundary-defying design are hidden lamps, inspired by some of the company's previous concept cars. The grille is functional too. When travelling at high speeds, it automatically moves to optimise airflow. Apparently, each cell of the grille can adjust, giving the mechanical components a precisely calibrated level of cooling that helps with fuel usage.
Will this car be brought to market?
Not exactly as it is shown, but concept cars generally tend to be an exaggerated glimpse of an actual model that will be launched within five years. Often, the production-ready model is dialled down a little to match market tastes and manufacturing capabilities. Still, this is one memorable concept car.
More details are expected once the AutoMobility LA show gets underway on the 18th of November.
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