Hyundai’s next electric car, the Hyundai 45 EV has been spotted under camouflage at a charging station in South Korea. The 45 EV is inspired by the Hyundai Pony model (produced between 1975 and 1994) and is expected to be the first car to be built on the Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP (Electric Global Modular Platform), which is Hyundai’s equivalent of the Volkswagen MEB Platform.
The design of the 45 EV Concept, presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2019, celebrates 45 years of Pony Coupe Concept and gets an unmissable angular design. No details about the car’s electric powertrain are available but reports suggest the crossover EV will have a range of over 500 km which would put it ahead of Hyundai’s current electric vehicles – Hyundai Kona and Hyundai Ioniq. With two electric motors on each axle, the 45 EV will be an all-wheel-drive. The fully electric powertrain maximises the space inside with the batteries placed under the car’s floor, nicknamed the skateboard floor.
The 45 EV Concept gets a distinctive lattice radiator grille, kinetic cube lamp design, hidden Camera Monitoring System (CMS) that utilizes cameras instead of rear view mirrors, sliding doors, lounge-style seats and minimalistic interiors. The front seats of the concept rotate to face the passengers for better interaction and when the occupants open the door to enter or exit, the seats swivel for better ingress and egress. There is no single touchscreen infotainment system but a series of displays that are integrated into the dashboard. Look for many of these features in spirit on the production vehicle which will explore the upper limits of the company’s ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design language.
There have also been reports of Hyundai finalizing SK Innovation as the exclusive battery supplier for the first batch of electric cars built on the E-GMP as opposed to LG Chem or CATL. Hyundai is expected to launch the production car in the first quarter of 2021 to compete with the VW ID.3.
Pony-inspired Hyundai ’45’ EV – Not India-bound
The Hyundai 45 EV will not be launched in India as the company is preparing a dedicated low-cost electric vehicle series under the ‘Smart EV’ project, the Indian media has reported. The first ‘affordable’ electric vehicle from this program will appear in 2022 as a compact SUV to challenge the Tata Nexon EV and the Mahindra eXUV300. A near-production concept is expected at the Auto Expo 2022, and the company is also expected to have plans to export the vehicle to emerging markets.
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