Geneva Motor Show 2018
Hyundai Intrada ConceptThe drumbeat for hydrogen keeps getting louder with this Hyundai vision
I'm gonna show you this Hyundai Intrado concept this way, before I show you the outside-- which is kind of interesting because it's a big deal that Peter Schreyer designed this. He's the new design chief at Hyundai who already was the design chief at Kia, who before that was a design chief at Audi. But before we get to his stylings, look at the structure of this. An interesting sort of a carbon fiber backbone and shell upon which they say they can hang almost any kind of material of body panel. Because this thing is so rigid, whatever is on the outside is kinda just a dress, if you will. Obviously, this is a hydrogen fuel cell car. You see your two hydrogen tanks from the back. Notice something about hydrogen tanks. To get those strength to hold that pressure, they still pretty much have to be the sort of capsule pill shapes. No one's figured out a way to make them sort of irregular shapes and retain their strength. So, people are trying 'cause that would help packaging quite a bit. Beyond that pretty conventional stuff, we're doing conversion of hydrogen into basically just water vapor and running an electric battery up at the front here. Here's what it looks like dressed. As you can see, it's a pretty fresh design for Hyundai. Now, as I mentioned, because it got this frame in vision that is so strong and rigid, they think you could hang any kind of a panel on here. It's kinda like the body panels on a Smart ForTwo to be honest, which are also interchangeable and kind of irrelevant. Now, look inside the cabin and I can do a quick off-the-cuff top five for you. First of all, head-up display. It's coming down from the expensive cars. Second, LCD instrument panel. Gauges are going away. Third, the pop-up toaster slide style of central display. A lot of carmakers are doing that these days. Four, you got this high wide backbone for the center console. Porsche got on that a few years ago. And five, you've got instead of side-view mirrors, side-view rear-facing cameras. This isn't coming to market, of course. The Intrado is strictly a design exercise, but hopefully one that shows a lot of truth on where Hyundai is going. And by the way, they've already got a fuel cell vehicle out in limited production. So, this isn't that much pie in the sky.