Hyundai has released the first teaser image of its new Intrado concept car, set to debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
According to the manufacturer, the Intrado prototype is the first vehicle from Hyundai to be developed under the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language, an evolution of the firm’s current approach to styling.
The Intrado concept previews future developments for the Hyundai brand, including weight-saving technologies and alternative powertrains.
The car is built around a “super-lightweight” structure made from a combination of advanced materials and joined using a pioneering new production process. According to Hyundai, this new joining technique has the potential to change the way car’s are constructed in the future.
So it’s high-tech indeed, and the innovations don’t stop at the chassis.
The Intrado is powered by a next-generation hydrogen fuel cell, developing the technology used in the pioneering Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle – it’s both smaller and lighter than the unit in that car.
The initial teaser sketch doesn’t tell us much about the design of the car, but it does seem to show that the Intrado will be a sleek mid-size, two-door crossover SUV.
Evolving to feature Hyundai’s new Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language, we can be sure that the Intrado will boast crisp lines and bold surfaces with a new twist on the now recognisable Hyundai range.
Why is it called Intrado, we hear you asking? According to Hyundai, the car takes its name from the underside of an aircraft’s wing – the surface that produces lift, enabling the phenomenon of flight.
There’s a link here, as the Intrado’s many advanced technical concepts are inspired by aviation technology – we’re talking about the use of lightweight materials, efficient powertrains, style born out of purpose and clever production methods.
President of Hyundai Motor Group Peter Schreyer outlines:
“Hyundai Intrado envisages a motoring future that encapsulates the efficiency and freedom associated with flying. I believe in the power of mobility to deliver emotional as well as physical connections and this car helps us find again the joy of discovery. Intrado shows that future cars can be relevant and exciting.”
We can’t wait to see the car at the 2014 Geneva show now, as T W White & Sons will once again be on the ground bringing live updates on Hyundai, Mazda and Suzuki’s latest motor show concepts and production car reveals.