Concept Cars.

Concept cars.

A concept car is a vehicle made to showcase new styling and technology. More often than not, they don’t make it past the concept stage. As you’ll see from the summary of our concepts from years gone by, features that once were considered futuristic now come as standard.

Le Fil Rouge Concept (HDC-1) (2018).
Hyundai Le Fil Rouge Concept
Hyundai Motor unveiled the 'Le Fil Rouge (HDC-1)' concept at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show, marking a new era for Hyundai design and providing a glimpse of its future design cues. As its name implies, Le Fil Rouge (common thread) is a reflection of Hyundai’s belief that the brand’s past, present and future designs are all connected.
"‘Le Fil Rouge’ is a reinterpretation of Hyundai’s design DNA that originated from the brand’s historical Hyundai Coupe Concept in 1974," said Luc Donckerwolke, Executive Vice President and Head of Hyundai Design Center. "Building on our long history of creating distinctive and sporty character in vehicles, we will open a new era for Hyundai design."
Fuel Cell Concept (2017).
Hyundai FE Fuel Cell Concept
Hyundai Motor unveiled its futuristic FE Fuel Cell Concept that looks ahead to the next generation of hydrogen-powered vehicles. Having established itself as a global leader for hydrogen transportation, the company has reaffirmed its commitment to fuel cell vehicle development at the Geneva Motor Show 2017.
The FE Fuel Cell Concept represents the next step for Hyundai Motor toward realising its ultimate ambition of creating a zero-emission Hydrogen Energy Society.
The new concept car is more than simply beautiful and innovative; it is highly capable too. The car is designed to run for more than 800 kilometres between refuelling, acknowledging the current limited hydrogen infrastructure.
Elements of the FE Fuel Cell Concept will influence an SUV Fuel Cell model set for launch in 2018, which will feature advanced ‘Hyundai Smart Sense’ driver assistance technologies, alongside an extensive hydrogen-powered range.
N Concept (2016).
Hyundai RN30 Concept
Hyundai Motor unleashed its latest high-performance N concept with the world premiere of RN30 at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The motorsport-inspired racing concept is developed to deliver passion and pleasure on the track for everybody.
Based on the Next Generation Hyundai i30, the RN30 was born as a racing machine, developed in close collaboration with Hyundai Motorsport (HMSG), Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre (HMETC) and Hyundai Motor’s Performance Development & High Performance Vehicle Division. The striking concept is distinguished by its purposeful aerodynamic design and specialized high-performance technologies that deliver thrilling high-speed driving.
Santa Cruz (2015).
Hyundai Innovation Santa Cruz Concept
Designed to meet the Urban Adventurer’s desire for expression, efficiency and maneuverability, the Santa Cruz is part compact crossover, part pickup truck and a completely refreshing take on the ute.
Santa Cruz is compact, and although it has four doors and seats five, its overall footprint is similar to a small CUV. This makes it ideal for navigating the urban jungle or a tight parking spot that most pickup drivers would have to pass by.
When required, the pickup bed can be reconfigured for longer cargo, using a unique drawer-like sliding function. Then, when the extra cargo space isn’t required, it can be shrunk back to its more parking-friendly length.
It has an environmentally friendly 2-litre turbo diesel powertrain, delivering 190 horsepower and 300lb-ft of torque, while achieving fuel economy around 8 litres/100km.
Its integrated, rigid, retractable torneau cover can be locked, keeping items in the back securely locked, safe and out of sight.
Intrado (2014).
Hyundai Innovation Intrado Concept
In 2014, Hyundai revealed the Intrado concept. A forerunner of today’s All-New Tucson 48V Hybrid, Intrado showcased advanced vehicle technologies and intelligent design that combine to engage more effectively with driver and passengers.
The car’s materials and technologies draw inspiration from aircraft – the removal of unnecessary weight, logical solutions to complex challenges, a purity of purpose and a highly efficient powertrain.
The exterior shape is dictated by the need to be aerodynamically efficient; it is free of unnecessary adornments and features minimal detailing.
The interior focuses on usability and adaptability, and draws attention to its advanced materials and radical construction. The seals of opening panels shut directly against the central carbon frame, showcasing the carbon fibre whenever doors, hood or trunk are opened. The seats clip directly onto exposed frame.
The Intrado was powered by a next-gen hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain that uses a lithium-ion 36kW battery. Refueled in just a few minutes, it had a range of more than 600km and emitted only water.
HCD-14 Genesis (2013).
Hyundai Innovation HCD-14 Genesis Concept
Based on a mid-sized sedan concept, the HCD-14 Genesis was Hyundai’s first PHEV system (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle).
“We instilled HCD-14 Genesis with a premium-sport 4-door coupe road presence,” said Christopher Chapman, chief designer. “Its sleek and lightweight silhouette does not punish the wind, but uses fluidic precision with dramatic surfacing that conveys natural restraint.”
The HCD-14 Genesis powertrain featured the award-winning Hyundai Tau V8 engine, for impressive power, low emissions and superb efficiency.
HCD-14 Genesis used optical recognition to identify the driver and initiate the starting sequence, while gear selection for the 8-speed automatic transmission was performed via paddle shifters.
Using state-of-the-art driver eye-tracking and 3D hand-gesture recognition, HCD-14 Genesis was able to recognise driver commands free from distractions associated with manual controls.
Once a specific feature was selected via eye-tracking, thumb controls or gesture recognition could be used to select navigation, infotainment, audio, HVAC and even smartphone connectivity functions. A windshield heads-up display minimised driving distraction.
i-oniq (2012).
Hyundai Innovation i-oniq Concept
The i-oniq was designed and developed at Hyundai’s European R&D centre in Germany.
Its design combined gentle feature lines and muscular surface treatment, conveying premium and athletic qualities in both the exterior and interior.
Two arched curves are the key theme behind i-oniq, creating a strong and playful contrast between sharp character lines and soft but muscular features.
The car’s innovative, weight-optimised doors open up to the side for easy access, while the interior was all about the driver. The user-interface components reflected contemporary and future consumer electronics technology such as a movement control mounted on the steering wheel, floating instrument cluster with multi-layered projection, and a large background display for navigation, entertainment and other information.
An electric vehicle with extended range powertrain – a 1-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine mated to an 80kW lithium-ion electric motor powered by a 55kW generator via a single-ratio gearbox – i-oniq to the category to a new level.
In electric-only mode, it can travel 120km, which is extended to 700km with the assistance of the petrol engine, emitting only 45g/km of CO2. It has a top speed of 145km/h.
Blue2 (2011).
Hyundai Innovation Blue-2 Concept
The blue2 was a mid-size FCEV (Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle) – the name being a combination of Hyundai’s Blue Drive eco-brand and the number 2 from H2 (hydrogen).
The blue2’s sporty and luxurious style combined futuristic, flowing designs and eco-friendly features.
blue2 also featured a welcome system that recognised the driver, while an automated opening door system enhanced the driver’s convenience.
The exterior designs flowed inside the vehicle, with asymmetrically designed dashboards and doors to optimise a driver’s convenience and add emotional value.
The interior used an advanced Transparent Organic Light Emitting Diode (TOLED) monitor and ultra-light tempered glass, called Gorilla Glass, to provide more accurate and vivid graphic information.
HED-7 (2010).
Hyundai Innovation HED-7 Concept
The HED-7 carried forward Hyundai’s evocative new form language, “fluidic sculpture”. The flowing, elegant lines not only created bionic, futuristic shape, but also contributed to exceptional aerodynamics, reducing the car’s CO2 output to just 85g/km and fuel consumption to only 3L/100km.
The HED-7 included Hyundai’s first diesel hybrid powertrain.
“The first impression of HED-7 is the striking appearance generated through feminine sculptural layers combined with broad, athletic proportions.” – Thomas Buerkle, Chief Designer and Hyundai Motor Europe.
“The sense of agility and focused aerodynamics is further enforced by the glass roof, with its semi-transparent dye-sensitised solar cells connecting the front and rear screens to create an integral design unit.”
The HED-7 was a test bed for new energy-harvesting ideas, ranging from flexible solar panel roofing to a thermo-electric generator.
The engine used thermal engine encapsulation, which ensures that it reaches optimum operating temperature more quickly, by retaining heat when the car is idle. This cuts fuel use and emissions by 5% in summer and up to 9% in winter.
ix-Metro (2009).
Hyundai Innovation ix-Metro Concept
Created by the Global Design Team in Korea, the i-Metro was an entry-level CUV that brought a new form to the traditional sub-B segment. Targeting young European urbanites, the ix-Metro offered all the practicality, robustness and versatility of a CUV in a stylishly sophisticated package.
“We wanted the ix-Metro to be something out of this world. We took our inspiration from NASA and even sci-fi movies, because spacecraft are universally understood symbols of progress and innovation.” – Rogelio J Flores, chief designer.
The ix-Metro represented a striking departure from the flowing design language adopted by Hyundai in its recent production and concept cars. It explored a new direction with its use of faceted surfaces and strong triangulating lines along the bonnet, side and rear panels, achieving a pleasing dynamic tension.
A triangular motif was applied to the front and rear lighting elements for a futuristic effect. Up front, ice-blue LED lighting elements interplayed with subtle shades of gold, while the faceted front grille with its integrated fog lamps projected a striking, imposing look.
i-Mode (2008).
Hyundai Innovation i-mode Concept
The i-Mode was a combination of visionary styling with future technologies and advanced eco-dynamics. It led to a six-seater monocab study that incorporated high-tech materials, a world-premiere seating concept and state-of-the-art communication solutions into a completely new vehicle impression.
Through the advanced multimedia and entertainment concept developed by LG electronics, the vehicle becomes an extension of the digital home, allowing passengers to stay connected, communicate and interact in the car and beyond.
Access to the web, video games, movies or video calling were all possible through the pop-down touchscreen displays and webcams located within the overhead console. The car also had its own wifi network.
The sculptural profile was mainly characterised by the wedged body side in combination with a generous rounded rear, giving the impression of a bow under tension.

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