Hyundai is scheduled to give a press conference at the North American International Auto Show on January 14th and we’re finally learning what to expect.
According to South Korea’s Motorgraph, Hyundai Motor Group’s head of research and development, Albert Biermann, used a press conference at CES to reveal a few details about their upcoming Detroit debut.
The site says the former BMW M boss stated “The basic purpose of the N brand is to raise the brand image of the Hyundai Motor Company and to raise its technical capabilities.” Biermann went on to say the N brand will have some “surprise news” in Detroit.
While he didn’t go into too many specifics, Biermann suggested the company will unveil a “high-performance hydrogen electric car.” As he explained, Hyundai has the most advanced hydrogen fuel cell technology, so it’s only natural that Hyundai N would introduce a high-performance vehicle that runs on hydrogen.
Nothing is official, but it’s probably safe to assume model is a concept. Regardless, the company has previously unveiled the Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo. That particular model was envisioned to use two fuel cell stacks and a super capacitor to give the racer a combined output of 871 hp (650 kW / 883 PS).
The Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo also featured four in-wheel electric motors, a carbon fiber reinforced plastic monocoque chassis and an extremely aerodynamic design which resembled a “jet fighter on wheels.”
It remains unclear if the Detroit concept will take a similar approach, but we’ll find out next week.
H/T to Autoguide