Hyundai’s new electric concept car, the Prophecy, is the embodiment of the automobile manufacturer’s future in EVs. The concept car is also autonomous.
“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,” said SangYup Lee, Head of Hyundai Global Design Center. “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.”
The Prophecy was revealed to the world on Tuesday 10 March in a video presentation. The car would have been unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show but this was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The glossy fastback shape, while not an original design, boasts minimalist finishes and clean lines, showcasing Hyundai’s vision for the future. A notable feature of the interior is that the classic steering wheel has been replaced with a pair of joysticks. Hyundai said that this change will assist the driver to “control the vehicle from a position of comfort,” while the autonomous technology controls and steers the vehicle.
“The design provides excellent aerodynamics, a characteristic indispensable to EVs. The propeller shapes embedded in the vehicle’s wheel not only affirm this trait, they also compel air to be drawn in and flow down the side of the body like water over a stone. The integrated rear spoiler complements this effect by harnessing downforce that aids vehicle stability when travelling at speed,” said Hyundai in a statement.
The statement concluded: “The name “Prophecy” reflects the concept’s purpose, as it signifies a bright future for both Hyundai’s designs as well as innovative mobility solutions for the EV customers of tomorrow.”