Hyundai has revealed an interesting new EV concept called ‘Prophecy’, showcasing the latest iteration of the company’s ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design language. It follows on the example set by the last year’s 45 concept EV that stripped away complexity in favor of clean lines and minimalistic structures.
According to Hyundai, the “designers have achieved the Ultimate Automotive Form, thanks to a new EV architecture defined by pristine surfaces and pure volume in combination with aesthetic harmony and functionality”.
I know, in most angles, it reminds us of the Porsche 930. But the idea of the ‘Prophecy’ is to keep the styling clean and simple with just a few basic lines defining the shape of the car, apparently. The elegant boat-tail line created by the rear quarter panels appears to propel the form forward even when standing still, the company said.
The propeller-shaped wheel spokes suck in air and make it flow down the side of the body, complemented by the integrated rear spoiler generating downforce that aids vehicle stability when traveling at speed.
The transparent acrylic material gives a clear view of the functional components inside. This intentional design feature is integrated into the spoiler, headlamps and in the camera monitoring system (CMS).
The pixel lamp lights, which debuted on the ‘45’, take a step forward. This lighting technology is integrated into the headlamps, taillamps and the spoiler, represent the energy contained in the vehicle’s battery cells. Hyundai said that these Pixelated lamps will become a signature design element in future models.
Unlike the exterior, the Prophecy’s interior is pretty unique, it doesn’t really remind us of anything. The interior’s wool-based felt carpet is inspired by the flow of water in nature. The colors and materials used are apparently to make the passengers feel relaxed, aided by low-intensity ambient lighting.
As we can see, the Prophecy doesn’t have a steering wheel as it also packs autonomous driving technology. What it does have, however, are two joysticks that can pivot left and right, one in the centre console and another on the door trim. The joysticks have integrated buttons to control a wide variety of functions. However, it remains to be seen how practical this application would be in a real-world scenario.
In ‘Relax’ mode, the dashboard swivels and all that the passengers see is the horizontal pillar-to-pillar display, where they can enjoy content in a comfortably reclined seat position.
As for the clean interior environment, the external intakes at the bottom of the side doors allow air to circulate through Clean Air Technology, providing a steady stream of purified air inside the vehicle. At the same time, the treated air is circulated back out into the atmosphere as clean air.
We have brought to life yet another icon that establishes a new standard for the EV segment as well as pushing Hyundai’s design vision to even broader horizons. A part of that expansion is what we call Optimistic Futurism, a design concept embodied by ‘Prophecy’. With Optimistic Futurism, our aim is to forge an emotional connection between humans and automobiles. – SangYup Lee, Head of Hyundai Global Design Center
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