Remember when Hyundai teased an all-new concept that appeared to look like a Porsche 911? Well after teasing it several weeks ago, the Korean automaker has officially revealed it in full. This is the Hyundai Prophecy EV, a stylish and aerodynamic electric vehicle concept.
Featuring a sporty and flowing silhouette, the Prophecy concept delivers on making EVs as aerodynamic as possible, while also making them spacious and high-tech as possible. According to SangYup Lee, Head of Hyundai Global Design Center, the Prophecy aims to forge an emotional connection between humans and automobiles.
“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,” said Lee.
Using the Sensuous Sportiness design language, Hyundai made the Prophecy have a voluptuous shape combined with a streamlined look. This gives the concept its distinct curvy look, as well as its short overhangs. It even has a boat tail-like rear which further highlight the EV's unique appearance. As for the wheels, Hyundai claims that its propeller-like design allows it to draw air down the side of the body. The air is then transferred towards an integrated rear spoiler which provides downforce that aids in stability.
Inside, the EV concept has no steering wheel whatsoever. That's because Hyundai envisioned the Prophecy as an autonomous electric vehicle. With it, the designers gave the EV a lounge-like cabin complete with huge glass panels that allow light inside. Moreover, the cabin features various modes that can cater to different needs. For example, Relax Mode offers nearly zero visual obstacles thanks to the swiveling dashboard. Meanwhile, occupants can sit in a reclined position for the ulimate in riding comfort.
As for the driver, they can control certain functions of the car via two joysticks. The driver can pivot them left or right, as well as use the integrated buttons which allows them to access a wide array of features and in-car amenities. Complementing the high-tech cabin is the EV's use of eco-friendly materials and design. It has wool-free felt carpet, clean air technology that purifies the air before it goes into the cabin, and low intensity ambient lighting.
There is no indication from Hyundai that this concept will be made into a real production car. However, they did say that certain portions (and technologies) of the vehicle will make their way onto other production models. Perhaps Hyundai can also make use of its distinct shape to design other cars in the near future.