Hyundai has confirmed it will reveal a new two-seater concept in Geneva next month, where the coupe will be showcased as a collaborative project.
Dubbed PassoCorto, the concept is the result of a partnering between students at Italy’s Istituto Europeo di Design in Turin, and Hyundai’s European design centre.
Sixteen design students worked on the concept, led by Pininfarina design boss Luca Borgogno.
Hyundai says its brief for the PassoCorto was a look that would appeal to young, connected Generation Y buyers.
As ‘Gen Yers’ themselves, the students were tasked with designing a concept that would top their own lists for buying and driving.
Each student submitted their own proposal, with two finalists then selected and “merged” to form one final design.
Those two original concepts haven’t been released, but Hyundai says the PassoCorto is the result of “70 percent of one proposal, 30 percent of the other”.
In the cabin is a split cockpit arrangement, with instruments divided by passenger and driver needs.
“The seat is optically connected to the dashboard and the backrest is cut directly out of special niches in the frame,” the release reads.
Although only a full-scale model, the design team envisions a 1.6 litre bi-turbo four-cylinder engine producing 199kW.
The PassoCorto’s dimensions are similar to Alfa Romeo’s new 4C coupe, measuring 4100mm long, 1880mm wide and 1160mm tall, riding on a 2450mm wheelbase.
Don’t expect to see the PassoCorto in Hyundai showrooms anytime soon, although you might find elements of its design in the next Genesis Coupe.
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