Hyundai Intrado Concept May Hint at Future Compact SUV [w/Video]

Hyundai’s world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show, the Intrado concept car, is not only a display for the carmaker’s next-generation fuel cell powertrain, but also a vision of the evolution of Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy.

Furthermore, the Korean carmaker says in the press release that the Intrado study “hints at approach to a compact crossover car”.

Designed and developed from the inside out, Intrado features an interior focused on usability and adaptability, with innovative materials and contrasting colors. The cabin also features radical construction, for example, the seals of opening panels shut directly against the central carbon frame, displaying the carbon fibre whenever the doors, hood or trunk are opened.

Moreover, components that are usually concealed are highlighted, including the ‘see-through’ air vents and exposed frame onto which the seats clip directly. Color-wise, the interior’s bright ‘Beaufort Orange’ contrasts with the exposed carbon fiber.

Built around a super-lightweight carbon frame and constructed by new manufacturing and joining techniques, the Hyundai Intrado is powered by a next-generation hydrogen fuel cell powertrain that utilises a 36 kW lithium-ion battery.

The study’s body panels are made of advanced super lightweight steel from Hyundai Motor’s steel plant that is said to enhance crash performance and repair times. Thanks to its lower weight and efficiency of the powertrain, Hyundai says Intrado promises more responsive and agile driving dynamics.

Named after the underside of an aircraft’s wing (the area that creates lift), Intrado is inspired from aeronautics, as the car has been shaped by aerodynamics.

By Dan Mihalascu

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