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Hyundai 45 concept previews the brand’s future

Concept pays homage to Hyundai’s 1974 Pony Coupe Concept — but brings a futuristic twist

Hyundai has revealed its future design direction at this year’s Frankfurt motor show with this — the Hyundai 45.

It pays homage to the firm’s Pony Coupe Concept, revealed in 1974, taking on an angular and almost wedge-like design.

Viewed from the side, the electric concept car has a boxy silhouette, as well as striking Z-shaped design details along the bodywork. Up front, two pairs of small, chopped rectangle LED headlights feature in a slim grille, with a similar approach for the car’s taillights.

  • Hyundai 45 concept - front view | The Car Expert
  • Hyundai 45 concept - rear view | The Car Expert
  • Hyundai 45 concept - interior and dashboard | The Car Expert

Hyundai has designed the interior with the concept’s autonomous functions in mind, creating a spacious area that’s described as a ‘unique living space’. Said to be inspired by traditional house furniture, it’s splashed with wood, fabric and leather trimmings.

Lounge chair-esque seats are implemented in the rear, with the front seats able to be swivelled around to allow front occupants to interact with other passengers when the car’s autonomous features are in use.

It’s more than just form here, with functional new tech showcased. A hidden camera system that replaces traditional wing mirrors is present, with Hyundai saying its exploring ways to put the feature into production.

Don’t expect the Hyundai 45 concept to enter production, though it could well inspire future cars from the firm.

Ryan Hirons
Articles by Ryan Hirons are provided for The Car Expert by PA Media (formerly the Press Association). They include test drives of the latest new cars and features on various aspects of automotive life.
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