Hyundai has offered a look at the future of its electric models with the reveal of the 45 EV Concept at the Frankfurt motor show.
According to Hyundai, the 45 pays homage to its heritage by drawing inspiration for the vehicle that first established Hyundai’s design DNA, the 1974 Pony Coupe Concept.
The design foreshadows a new era of design as the brand focusses on electrification and autonomous technologies.
Designers have adopted a modernised fastback profile, a fast angled C-pillar, which generates a feeling of dynamic forward motion, even when standing still, and active LED lights.
The 45 also highlights future technological developments that may influence forthcoming Hyundai models, such as a hidden Camera Monitoring System (CMS), leaving room for self-driving system applications.
The system utilises side cameras instead of traditional wing mirrors to overcome visibility challenges caused by dirt gathering on the mirror offering progressively less visibility. The 45 overcomes this challenge by using an embedded turntable module, which rotates the lens past a brush to ensure optimal visibility at all times.
On the inside, Hyundai says the 45 “reimagines the in-car experience in a self-driven vehicle.” The cabin is capable of transforming to accommodate a range of passenger lifestyle demands.
Instead of the traditional layout, it’s designed as a living space inspired by furniture designs, with plenty of wood, fabric and leather. There are lounge chair-style rear seats and front seats that can rotate to face other passengers.
In terms of infotainment, front-seat passengers can interact with the infotainment system via a projection-beam interface. This replaces the central touchscreen with a series of displays and functions integrated into the dashboard.
The cabin floor is completely flat, with the battery pack housed underneath in a skateboard chassis.
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