Concept vehicles remain concept most of the time. And when it gets into production only 85% of the concept remains. Hyundai showcased it’s 45-hatchback concept 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. And the real question is will the productions have a massive difference to its concept.
The looks of the concept resembled the Audi A1, slightly. But the diamond cut styling is nicely appreciated, but is it practical? The production will leave out the sliding front and rear doors that opened a wide, uninterrupted opening for a more conventional 5-door arrangement and lose the camera-based side mirror system.
The front styling incorporates the “kinetic cube design” that has been revived from the Pony Poupe concept of 1974.
Notice pop-out door handles. That’s isn’t it, the vehicle has a lower ground clearance than a conventional crossover. Following on from the latest Elantra sedan, the doors feature ‘Z-shaped’ diamond pressings, and the glasshouse benefits from steeply-raked A & B-pillars and a two-tone roof effect. Rear styling mimics the front with cube-like LED tail lamps and a scalloped lower bumper.
Inside the 45 will have a large MBUX-like digital screen combining both the instrument cluster and infotainment system. Elsewhere, expect a warm and inviting mix of fabric, synthetic leathers, and minimalist detailing.
Other features will include heated and ventilated front seats, wireless charging & Apple CarPlay, WiFi connectivity, and a surround-view monitor. Driver-assist technology will feature heavily too; including autonomous emergency braking, rear cross-traffic assist, lane-keeping aid, safe exit assist, and rear occupant alert.
As it will be an EV, it will get a dual motor setup, for each axle and all-wheel’ drive capability and will be expected to deliver a range of 500 km. For that figure, the battery pack will be in the 75-100 kWh bracket.
Well, this all will combine to form the 2021 Hyundai 45 EV, and we can see the curtains unveiling by early 2021.