Hyundai 45 electric car concept revealed at Frankfurt Motor Show

Concept shows future design direction for new electric models as Hyundai takes inspiration from its first car

Hyundai 45

The Hyundai 45 electric concept car has been unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, showcasing the firm’s design language for its forthcoming electric vehicles.

Although focused firmly on the future, the 45 concept’s name marks 45 years since Hyundai revealed its first car, the Pony Coupe Concept, in 1974. Like the original, the 45 is a lesson in minimalist design and clean lines. Hyundai calls its approach ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ and claims it “strips away complexity”.

Hyundai says the 45 will be a “symbol” of its “forward-driven design direction” and heralds its new monocoque-style body and aerodynamic and lightweight design, inspired by aircraft from the 1920s. The name 45 also refers to the 45-degree angles front and rear, which form a diamond-shaped silhouette.

At the front, the 45 has what Hyundai calls a lattice grille with kinetic LED cube lamps either side, with a sweeping rear end and an LED light bar spanning the width of the tailgate. There’s novelty feature in the shape of an LED bar at the bottom of the door that shows how much battery life is left.

The 45’s fastback proportions give it a coupe-like stance. A pair of sliding doors open up to a large, unrestricted opening, and an interior that Hyundai describes as a ‘living space’ inspired by furniture design. There’s plenty of wood, fabric and leather that should give the car an inviting, warm atmosphere, a well as lounge-like seats in the back and front seats that swivel.

The 45 also showcases some futuristic in-car technologies, such as Hyundai’s ‘projection-beam interface’, which eschews a touchscreen and projects displays and functions onto the dashboard. There’s also a Camera Monitoring System that uses side cameras rather than door mirrors and is part of Hyundai’s open architecture for future self-driving technology.

The cameras also have a built-in brush that wipes the lens clean should it get dirty. In terms of packaging, the batteries are placed low in the 45’s ‘skateboard floor’ and the motors are placed outside of the passenger compartment, freeing up space inside.

There are also transparent door pockets, which are horizontal and elongated to allow them to house larger items like tablets.

Hyundai hasn’t confirmed any specifications about battery size, performance or range for the 45 yet.