Hyundai Motor has revealed more details of its Prophecy Concept EV in a walk-around video. Hyundai Motor Group’s chief design officer Luc Donckerwolke explains some of the key features inside and outside the vehicle.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Hyundai’s Prophecy concept has had a digital premiere about which a statement said that, rather than being a pure concept, its name refers to the fact that this vehicle hints at ideas and features which the automaker could develop.
”The battery-powered Prophecy,” Hyundai says, ”was inspired by automobiles of the 1920/30 era with a smooth coupé-like, design: sweeping curves and smooth lines that set it apart from the angular 45, another Hyundai concept revealed at the 2019 Frankfurt auto show.”
PROPELLER WHEEL RIMS
However, like the 45, it has adopted the design language of pixel lights (see image below). ”Its dynamic shape and rear spoiler,” Hyundai points out, ”give it a sporty appearance and propeller-shaped wheels reduce air resistance.
”This look is based on Hyundai’s design identity: Sensuous Sportiness.”
The cabin claims to exude relaxation through dark colours and natural materials which, The Corner agrees, ”create a completely new type of in-car experienc”.
“The word ‘sensuous’ integrates the value of more emotion in our designs. ‘Sportiness’ implies dynamics, to be reactive of what’s happening around us,” says Donckerwolke. “Sensuous Sportiness is not about a new language or philosophy. It’s about a new concept in the creation of our cars.”
Hyundai says unique to the Prophecy is the steering mechanism: rather than a steering-wheel mounted in front of the driver are two joysticks – one left, the other right – one on the centre console, the sprouting from the driver’s-door trim.
”This,” Hyundai claims, ”not only creates a comfortable driving position but also frees space on the fascia for other features. About 90% of the vehicle’s functions can be controlled by buttons on the joysticks so there’s no need for the driver (pilot?) to take hands off the joysticks to change the music.
”We’ve called this ergonomic set-up an Intuitive Human Interface and it benefits passenger safety and visual freedom.”
The driver can adjust the seat manually or let the car to do it after the driver has set height, seated height, and weight. The system will then adjust steering, rear-view mirror and head-up display ”based on medically verified information”.
The infotainment system screen fills the entire fascia: when the car is stationary it can be used as an entertainment venue (Relax Mode) by reclining the seats and tilting the dashboard upwards.
”As autonomous driving technology progresses,” Hyundai says, ”the potential for vehicles to be used as relaxation spaces will grow in importance.”
SEALED WINDOWS BAD IDEA?
The Prophecy is not only a zero-emissions electric vehicle: it also cleans the air. Filters – one of them with a fine-dust sensor – will take outside air, filter it for purity, and circulating the result through the cabin. The process will continue while idling or charging, even if unoccupied.
Given that the air in the car is fresh, the dual-paned windows cannot roll down (bad idea! – Editor).
The Prophecy is the second (the first was the 45) Hyundai to use the brand’s first dedicated ‘Electric Global Modular Platform’ that claims to ”open a world of possibilities for new design and comfort features”.
NO NEED FOR THAT INTRUSIVE TUNNEL
”Electric powertrains,” Hyundai says, ”are much more compact than internal combustion engines so there is no need for a wide bonnet or bulky transmission tunnel.
”This allows automotive designers to use the space for passengers and to re-imagine the range of in-car experiences.”