Early in March, Hyundai introduced the elegantly styled Prophecy Concept, a electric vehicle concept featuring an elegant design inspired by coupes from the early 1920s and 1930s.
At the time of its global debut, however, the South Korean automaker only had a few photos to offer. Now, we can fully appreciate the Prophecy EV Concept’s beauty much better together as Hyundai released a full set of photos together with more details.
As previously mentioned, the Prophecy EV concept does look like a Porsche in some angles, particularly from the rear and sides. This is particularly due to its curvy design and aerodynamic shape. In fact, the propeller-shaped wheels are designed to reduce air resistance. The automaker calls this design identity “Sensuous Sportiness”
While it may look good, don’t expect to see the styling cue to be carried over to the brand’s upcoming models, at least not anytime soon. Hyundai says that the Prophecy does now showcase the brand’s future design language. Instead, the automaker calls it “a new concept in the creation of our cars”.
Aside from the fine exterior design, the interior is quite a sight as well. As previously mentioned, there is no steering wheel. Instead, the Prophecy EV is controlled by joysticks, similar to what you’d find in the cockpit of most modern airplanes. The dual joysticks are mounted left and right of the driver, one being on the door trim and the other on the center console. Hyundai says this setup frees up space on the dashboard and offers a more comfortable driving position.
With the free space, the Prophecy features a full-width display that runs the length of the dashboard. The screen can then be reconfigured into Relax Mode during autonomous driving, turning the cabin into a place of relaxation. In this mode, the chairs recline and the dashboard swivels upwards.
Probably the most unique feature of the Prophecy Concept is the fact that the windows are locked in place. Yes, you read that right. That means the windows cannot be rolled down. Instead, the EV concept pumps in and filters outside air to keep things fresh in the cabin. The automaker further adds that it will even purify air when nobody is inside. While not having roll down windows makes sense in theory, it does pose a problem when you have to pay parking tickets.
As for the powertrain, Hyundai did not say anything else aside from it being electric. It is also underpinned by the company’s E-GMP platform, the brand’s first EV-platform built from the ground up.