SEOUL, South Korea – Isn’t it gorgeous? – the very essence of a passenger motor vehicle: no fancy trim, just a seductive slipstream-cheating shell and functional, but beautiful, head- and tail-lights.
The Korean automaker sees it as a car of the (let’s hope near!) future, a concept battery car whose name emphasises its style and propulsion system….
The concept was unveiled through a video presentation that showed the vital elements of its styling and technology: ”Sensuous Sportiness,” Hyundai expounded, ”expanding on the era-defining example set by 2019’s “45” concept electric vehicle that stripped away complexity in favour of clean lines and minimalistic structure.”
The unveiling presentation also covered the company’s electrification strategy with discussion among three executives: Thomas Schemera, head of Product Division at the Hyundai Motor Group; Luc Donckerwolke, chief design officer at the Hyundai Motor Group; and Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, vice-president for marketing and product at Hyundai Motor Europe.
‘INSPIRED BY AERODYNAMICS’
”The Prophecy,” Hyundai told The Corner in a media release,” follows the 45’s silhouette of perfect proportions that were inspired by an aerodynamic design. Its designers achieved the shape thanks to a new EV architecture defined by pristine surfaces and aesthetic harmony and functionality.”
SangYup Lee, head of Hyundai Global Design Centre: “We’ve brought to life another icon that establishes a standard for the electric vehicle segment and pushes Hyundai’s design vision to even broader horizons which include what we call ‘Optimistic Futurism’, a design concept embodied by the Prophecy.
”Our intentions is to forge an emotional connection between humans and automobiles.”
The sides, Hyundai believes, are like a perfectly weathered stone. ”The dynamic and elegant boat-tail line created by the rear quarter panels appear to propel the form forward even when it is standing still.”
Excellent aerodynamics are a given: Hyundai says the propeller shapes embedded in the vehicle’s wheel rims ”not only affirm this but also compel air to be drawn in and flow down the side of the body like water over a stone.
HIGH-TECH CAMERA SYSTEM
”The integrated rear spoiler complements this effect by harnessing downforce that aids vehicle stability when travelling at speed.”
The windows are clear acrylic; cameras in the spoiler, headlights and in the camera monitoring system will transmit images of everything around the car. Technology is used in the head- and tail-lights and the spoiler will be used in future Hyundai models.
The Prophecy’s identity as an EV extends to the underbody where a wide air-intake below the front bumper will cool the batteries.
CONTROL BY JOYSTICKS
The car’s cabin, instead of a conventional automotive layout, has been designed as a ”lifestyle space of refinement and comfort”. Has to, because the cars has autonomous driving technology. Instead of a steering wheel, joysticks provide a completely new and intuitive driving experience.
”By offering two joysticks that can pivot left and right,” Hyundai told The Corner, ”one in the centre console and another on the door trim, drivers are able to control the vehicle from a comfortable position while having access to a wide variety of functions selected by buttons on the joysticks.”
The arrangement is said to hardly any obstacles to vision. ”In a comfortably reclined position,”Hyundai says, ”all that the passengers see is the horizontal pillar-to-pillar display and a wing-shaped dashboard that swivels to create more space for passengers.”
External intakes at the base of each door admit air through filters before being sending it back into the atmosphere as cleaned air.
”The cabin’s decor,” Hyundai says, ”encourages passengers to take time to decompress – a process, aided by low-intensity ambient lighting, which modulates colours to encourage rest and relaxation.”
The name ‘Prophecy”, the automaker says, is intended to signify a bright future for Hyundai designs as well as innovative mobility solutions for electric-vehicles customers of tomorrow.”