This is Hyundai’s 45 electric vehicle concept. It is, the company says, a ‘homage to its heritage’ and points the way to how Hyundai’s automotive design will be focused on electrification, autonomous technologies and intelligent design.
The company says the exterior styling of 45 draws inspiration from its 1974 Pony Coupe Concept while the ‘character of 45 is defined by its monocoque-style body, aerodynamic and lightweight design inspired by aircraft from the 1920s’.
A simple and sharp design, the concept has a distinctive lattice radiator grille with a ‘kinetic cube lamp’ design and nice touches include a lighting system at the bottom of the door that highlights its long-distance battery capability and that shows drivers how much longer they can drive even before they get in the car.
The 45 also has side cameras instead of traditional wing mirrors and, rather cleverly, to ensure no dirt should ever obscure the cameras’ view, 45 uses an embedded turntable module which rotates the lens past a brush to keep them clean.
With a nod to future technology, there are features such as a hidden Camera Monitoring System (CMS) that leave room for self-driving system applications and other upcoming tech.
Inside, Hyundai says its design team has focused on the vehicle’s evolution into a living space, and the minimalist cabin is fitted with lounge chair-style rear seats and front seats that can rotate to face other passengers. Front-seat passengers can interact with the infotainment system via a ‘projection-beam’ interface. This replaces a single central touchscreen with a series of displays and functions integrated into the dashboard itself’.
The 45’s batteries are set throughout the car’s ‘skateboard floor,’ contributing to its spacious interior and allowing for flat and carpeted cabin floor, a feature that reinforces the living space feel.