Hyundai Prophecy confirmed for production, to replace the Hyundai Ioniq

The Hyundai Prophecy concept, along with the Hyundai 45 Concept, will be put into production, as stated by SangYup Lee, Hyundai Senior Vice President and Head of Hyundai Global Design Center. 

Talking to British auto publication Auto Express, Mr Lee said the production version of the Prophecy concept will appear after the launch of the Hyundai 45. It is reported that the production Hyundai Prophecy will be the next generation Ioniq. The Ioniq was presented in India at the Auto Expo 2016 and was spotted on test thereafter. The company eventually decided to launch the Kona instead.

Back to the concepts, Mr Lee added that while the Prophecy is inspired from the 1930s era, the 45 will be a modern mainstream SUV inspired by the 1970s. Revealing more about the Prophecy, he said the EV’s skateboard platform will have short overhang with the cowl pushed forward to maximize the cabin space and the Prophecy will not be a traditional sedan but a futuristic one. We can expect to see the production version of Prophecy in 2021, while the 45 is being planned to be launched by the end of 2020.

Hyundai unveiled the Prophecy electric vehicle concept in March. The car was supposed to be shown at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show but as the event’s cancelled, Hyundai unveiled the car digitally to preview the next chapter of the ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design language.

Hyundai Prophecy interior
Hyundai says 90% of the functions of the car can be controlled through the buttons on the joysticks (which replaces the traditional steering wheel), so there is no need for the driver to take hands off the joysticks. This ergonomic setup is referred to by Hyundai as the Intuitive Human Interface which gives two advantages – improving passenger safety and visual freedom.

The Prophecy’s proportions are inspired by aerodynamic design and Hyundai is calling this the Ultimate Automotive Form, built on a new EV architecture (E-GMP that will debut on the Pony-inspired production Hyundai ’45’ electric hatchback) with its extended wheelbase and short overhangs, featuring a boat-tail line. Since the Prophecy supports autonomous driving technology, you will not find a steering wheel but two joysticks to control the direction. The car also has a ‘Relax mode’ where the dashboard swivels down and a pillar-to-pillar display comes alive to be enjoyed by the passengers.

Here’s why the Prophecy’s windows don’t roll down

The Hyundai Prophecy EV concept will feature a unique air filtration system that comes built with a fine dust sensor. The filtration system takes fresh air from outside when the particle levels inside the car get too high. The air is filtered before being circulated around the cabin. Not just when the car is driving, the Prophecy’s air filtration system works also when no one is inside and it is charging.

Hyundai Prophecy air filtration system

In the Prophecy concept, there is no need to roll down the windows when the air goes stale and hence the dual-pane glass windows are locked in place. Fresh air is taken through the intake valves in the front of the car and filtered before being circulated. Hyundai has said that this system is more efficient than traditional ventilation systems and keeps the car smelling fresh at all times.

Summary of Luc Donckerwolke’s comments on the Hyundai Prophecy Concept

  • Inspired by the streamlined vehicles of 1920’s and 1930’s.
  • The propeller type wheel is also functional as it extracts the hot air from the brakes.
  • The folding roof – sleek shape had to be complemented by a spoiler in order to get the right aerodynamical values for such a sleek vehicle with a low back-end.
  • Notice the contrast between nice fluid forms, but the pixels are there for how digitalized we are in the company and also to contrast with the fluid forms.
  • Notice the tension in the volumes – something we have lost in the last decades of design – the cameras of the glass are aerodynamically integrated.
  • We also gave life to the Hyundai badge – the styling is puristic and silent because we are designing an electric vehicle which does not emit any sound – we want the styling to also reflect this kind of concept.
  • One might wonder why we named it Prophecy – because we don’t do show cars for show business at Hyundai design. When we do a show car, it anticipates the future, so this is the prophecy of the future, something you will see on the streets soon.
  • You will notice the interior is clean, dark and puristic – normally we do show cars which are light inside, in this case, we are inspired by one of the tropical wonders of Korea – Jeju island – its a volcanic island where you see shawls in volcanic ashes – dark which with the blue waves – is what inspired the topographic layering of the flat floor.
  • We substituted the steering wheel with a digital command which are the two joysticks you see inside the vehicle – they help you command the vehicle with precision, also liberate a lot of space, whether you are driving or you are in the ‘Relax’ mode. It gives you access to the panoramic screen behind for entertainment and feedback of the cameras.

On the Prophecy’s Smart Posture Care System (SPCS)

Hyundai is also introducing the new Smart Posture Care System (SPCS) through the Prophecy which is able to suggest the ideal seating position for the driver based on his weight and height characteristics. The system can adjust the steering, head-up display, seat and mirrors to best suit the operator. And when the driver wants to take a break, he can switch to the aforementioned ‘Relax’ mode. This system would be very useful when more governments allow higher levels of autonomous driving.

Hyundai hasn’t disclosed any details on the dimensions or the specification of the EV, but says the car is aerodynamically optimized with propeller shapes in the wheel and an integrated spoiler at the rear. Without the usual components that you would associate with IC engine cars, the inside of the car easily fits in four passengers in maximized comfort.  

We have brought to life yet another icon that establishes a new standard for the EV segment as well as pushing Hyundai’s design vision to even broader horizons. A part of that expansion is what we call Optimistic Futurism, a design concept embodied by ‘Prophecy’. With Optimistic Futurism, our aim is to forge an emotional connection between humans and automobiles.

SangYup Lee, Head of Hyundai Global Design Center

While whether the profile of the Prophecy reminds that of Porsche cars will be up for a debate, we will get more details going forward on how the brand integrates the styling and the design on road cars.

[Source – AutoExpress.co.uk]

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