Hyundai 45 concept paves the way for bold electric cars

James Marshall
September 10, 2019

It's a tribute to the 1974 Pony Coupe Concept and is a reimaging of the vehicle as the first in the path of Hyundai's future EV line up.

Hyundai has shown the sporty top-spec version of the new third-gen Hyundai i10 at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The Pony Coupe Concept, designed by the legendary Italdesign studio and inspired from the Delorean DMC-12, at that time was a showcase of what Hyundai wanted from its cars in the future and well 45 years later we are back here again!

The 45 EV concept adopts a monocoque-style body as well as aerodynamic and lightweight design inspired by aircrafts of the 1920s.

1974 Hyundai Pony Concept1974 Hyundai Pony Concept
1974 Hyundai Pony Concept1974 Hyundai Pony Concept

As mentioned above, with the new concept, Hyundai is previewing the design of its future production electric models and is also highlighting future technological developments that "may influence" forthcoming production vehicles. That design is mimicked in the rear lighting as well.

The details are striking as well and include the special garnish at the bottom of the front doors which shows the status of the battery via active LED lights, hidden Camera Monitoring System (CMS) which uses side cameras instead of traditional wing mirrors, and intricate design of the alloys. While the mirror-less rear view system is nothing new, Hyundai has added a clever touch in the form of a turntable module that rotates the lens past a brush to keep it clean, thus overcoming a problem that's likely to become common in future mirror-less systems.

The interior is described by Hyundai as "a unique living space capable of transforming to accommodate a range of passenger lifestyle demands". The front passenger also gets a projector beam display for ease of interaction.

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