Anton Andres / Hyundai, Newspress | March 09, 2018 07:55
Hyundai shows the world their future design direction
For the past couple of years, one could say that Hyundai has been putting out sleek and daring designs out there. Dubbed Fluidic Sculpture, the design language drew emphasis on aerodynamics and the result has been some pretty bold designs. Now, the Korean automaker is turning a new chapter in their design philosophy.
At the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Hyundai has pulled the wraps of the Le Fil Rouge (Common Thread in English) concept. According to them, it shows the direction their future offerings will be taking, not just for cars but also for their crossovers as well. Hyundai calls it the 'Sensuous Sportiness' design language.
The concept is a low-slung four-door coupe which said to be a modern interpretation of Hyundai's Coupe Concept from 1974. Of course, the Le Fil Rouge looks far more dramatic than its distant predecessor. The front fascia of the present concept isn't composed of a pair of headlights and intakes. Instead, it uses a screen which they call the 'Cascading Grill' and it comes with a three-dimensional treatment, featuring parametric jewels inside.
Giving the Le Fil Rouge more presence on the show floor is its low hood and wide stance combination and all four wheels extend away from the body to form sweeping curves on the fenders and rear quarter panel. As it is a four-door coupe, the roof line sweeps downward and seamlessly merges into the trunk lid. The tail of the concept is kicked upwards, forming what appears to be an integrated rear spoiler. Like the front of the car, the rear's tights is comprised of a screen with LED lighting.
Inside, not only does the concept have a wraparound dash, it employs a wraparound cabin. The occupants are surrounded by a full wood panel and the driver is greeted by a floating digital dashboard. Despite all the talk of autonomous vehicles, the concept still comes with a steering wheel and a set of pedals. Also, the concept is strictly a four seater with individual captain's chairs for all.
As it is a design study, it's likely that we won't be seeing this car reach production.