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Retro-inspired Hyundai 45 EV eyes a self-driving future

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The 45 EV concept Hyundai unveiled at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show
The 45 EV concept Hyundai unveiled at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show
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Hyundai has rolled into the Frankfurt Motor Show with a new concept built with autonomy and electric propulsion in mind
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Hyundai has rolled into the Frankfurt Motor Show with a new concept built with autonomy and electric propulsion in mind
Active LED light strips offer 45 drivers an indication of remaining battery levels
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Active LED light strips offer 45 drivers an indication of remaining battery levels
The simply named 45 concept owes its title to the 45 years that have passed since Hyundai unveiled the Pony Coupe
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The simply named 45 concept owes its title to the 45 years that have passed since Hyundai unveiled the Pony Coupe
The 45 concept is a look at how Hyundai believes modern-day technologies could shape the next era of automotive design
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The 45 concept is a look at how Hyundai believes modern-day technologies could shape the next era of automotive design
Hyundai's 45 concept unveiled in Frankfurt
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Hyundai's 45 concept unveiled in Frankfurt
Beyond some nostalgic details, the 45 EV concept is mostly about looking forward
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Beyond some nostalgic details, the 45 EV concept is mostly about looking forward
The 45 EV concept Hyundai unveiled at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show
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The 45 EV concept Hyundai unveiled at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show
Hyundai has rolled into the Frankfurt Motor Show with a new concept built with autonomy and electric propulsion in mind
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Hyundai has rolled into the Frankfurt Motor Show with a new concept built with autonomy and electric propulsion in mind
Active LED light strips offer 45 drivers an indication of remaining battery levels
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Active LED light strips offer 45 drivers an indication of remaining battery levels
The simply named 45 concept owes its title to the 45 years that have passed since Hyundai unveiled the Pony Coupe
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The simply named 45 concept owes its title to the 45 years that have passed since Hyundai unveiled the Pony Coupe
Hyundai's 45 concept is a look at how modern-day technologies will shape the next era of automotive design
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Hyundai's 45 concept is a look at how modern-day technologies will shape the next era of automotive design
Inspiration for the interior design of the 45 concept
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Inspiration for the interior design of the 45 concept
Beyond some nostalgic details, the 45 EV concept is mostly about looking forward
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Beyond some nostalgic details, the 45 EV concept is mostly about looking forward
Interior of the 45 EV concept
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Interior of the 45 EV concept
The 45 EV concept pays homage to Hyundai's Pony Coupe concept from 1974
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The 45 EV concept pays homage to Hyundai's Pony Coupe concept from 1974
The simply named 45 concept owes its title to the 45 years that have passed since the Hyundai unveiled the Pony Coupe
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The simply named 45 concept owes its title to the 45 years that have passed since the Hyundai unveiled the Pony Coupe
Swivel seats make for easier ingress and egress
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Swivel seats make for easier ingress and egress
Hyundai's 45 concept from the rear
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Hyundai's 45 concept from the rear
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Sliding doors make it easier to climb in or out
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Sliding doors make it easier to climb in or out
The 45 EV concept pays homage to Hyundai's Pony Coupe concept from 1974
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The 45 EV concept pays homage to Hyundai's Pony Coupe concept from 1974

With one eye on the future and another on its past, Hyundai has rolled into the Frankfurt Motor Show with a new concept built with autonomy and electric propulsion in mind. The 45 EV concept pays homage to the South Korean firm’s Pony Coupe concept from 1974, and offers a look at how it imagines modern-day technologies will shape the next era of automotive design.

The simply named 45 concept owes its title to the 45 years that have passed since Hyundai unveiled the Pony Coupe, but also refers in part to the 45-degree angles forward and backward of the cabin that gave it such a distinctive profile. It also carries an aggressive expression, with the radiator grille replaced by a smooth and minimalist front-end topped by slim “kinetic cube” headlamps.

Beyond the nostalgic nods, the 45 EV concept is mostly about looking forward. Active LED light strips on the car's exterior provides an indication of remaining battery levels, while self-cleaning side cameras replace the traditional wing mirrors to keep smooth uninterrupted lines running along the full length of the car.

The simply named 45 concept owes its title to the 45 years that have passed since Hyundai unveiled the Pony Coupe
The simply named 45 concept owes its title to the 45 years that have passed since Hyundai unveiled the Pony Coupe

The inside, meanwhile, is largely designed for the self-driving era. Interior materials include wood, fabric and leather to create a warm living room-style feel, while the seats appear very lounge-y indeed and can swivel so all occupants can face each other.

Interior of the 45 EV concept
Interior of the 45 EV concept

Down below, the batteries powering the all-electric drivetrain are packed flatly into the skateboard chassis to create a more spacious interior. This is topped in “comfortable” carpet to really drive home the living space ambition of the 45, which Hyundai reckons will act as a buffer for some of the road noise at the same time.

"As an icon of Hyundai, the 45 clearly reveals how Hyundai heads towards the future through heritage," says SangYup Lee, Senior Vice President and the Head of Hyundai Design Center. "Through the 45 built upon our design language 'Sensuous Sportiness', Hyundai wants to present our vision on how we want to reshape people's in-car lifestyle in the era of electrification and autonomous driving."

Source: Hyundai

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