Images and details of Hyundai’s upcoming HED-9 Intrado concept have surfaced, following a singer teaser image released in December.
Bound for next month’s Geneva Motor Show, the four-seater Intrado previews the next evolution in Hyundai’s ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ styling language.
The look builds on the design of Hyundai’s sharp new Santa Fe, and we can likely expect elements of the Intrado’s styling to appear on future production models.
Hyundai Europe design boss Thomas Burkle describes the Intrado as a way of connecting with young buyers that focus on function-inspired design.
“[The Intrado is about] engaging with a generation of younger buyers with active, spontaneous and opportunistic lifestyles,” Burkle said.
“They are sceptical about the car industry as it is, but respond to objects they associate with pure, functional beauty rather than decorative form.”
Whether we’ll see the Intrado itself in showrooms is unclear, but we can at least expect an extra pair of doors to appear if a production future is confirmed.
The Intrado’s design showcases Aston-like tail-lights and a long sloping C-pillar, along with sharp fins down the profile and slender high-set headlights.
In the cabin, there’s a two-tier and two-tone dash design, with a classic 4WD centre console design and a sports steering wheel in front of two digital displays.
The new concept’s construction features a carbon fibre-reinforced plastic superstructure, using interconnected one-piece hoops that wrap woven carbon fibre tubes.
It’s a revolutionary approach, and Hyundai says the monocoque design a huge 70 percent lighter than an equivalent steel body-in-white.
The company says the technology, developed together with Hyosung (known here for its affordable motorbikes) and Lotte Chemical, could eventually leap to future production models.
On the powertrain front, the Intrado is motivated by a version of Hyundai’s hydrogen fuel-cell system, driving the front wheels.
There’s a fuel-cell stack and electric motor under the bonnet, with hydrogen tanks located under the back seats and boot floor. Power and performance figures are still to be revealed.
Watch for more details to come in Geneva next month.