There’s something about an auto show that gets a car fanatic’s heart racing. Is it the mere sight of the perfectly polished display models, the facts and figures that get your jaw to drop time and again, the dream of seeing one of these beauties parked in your own garage someday or just a combination of all of the above. Whatever Hyundai MP your brand, whatever your preference, there is one car that will always steal the show, the concept car and it’s easy to see why. The concept car is a promise of what’s to come. Though it might not ever go into production, it’s enough to make us look forward to the future with great motoring expectations.
Hyundai has certainly delivered its share of futuristic concept cars at international auto shows over the last few years. Incorporating its styling evolution, future Hyundai models seem to take its fluidic sculpture design philosophy to a whole new level, bringing together form and function in an aesthetically breathtaking manner. Two recent concept models certainly piqued interest from the crowds – the Hyundai Hexa Space concept and the Hyundai i-oniq concept.
The Hyundai Hexa Space concept made its debut at the New Delhi Auto Show not very long ago and carries trademark Hyundai design elements such as bold character lines on the side panels and a hexagonal grille. But what makes this vehicle truly unique is its interior layout. Echoing the grille, the 8-seater Hexa Space incorporates hexagonally shaped seats that fit together like honeycomb puzzle pieces to maximise internal space without having to compromise the width of the vehicle. Better yet, the seats offer multiple configurations that allow you to adapt the space according to your travel needs. To further add to its space efficiency and practicality, this future Hyundai model also boasts an innovative door design. The rear doors lift and slide back to make entering and exiting the Hexa Space a breeze.
The Hyundai i-oniq concept car only recently made its debut at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show and is an iconic example of the evolution of the company’s signature design language. With sleek lines, dynamic proportions and muscular surface treatments the i-oniq boasts an athletic stance with premium appeal. Created at Hyundai’s European R&D centre in Germany, this electric sports hatch features a range-extending petrol engine. And with doors that open to the side and up, futuristic floating instrument cluster and uniquely framed day-time running lights, the i-oniq undoubtedly echoes Hyundai’s ‘New Possibilities’ promise to a t. What other future Hyundai models can we look forward to? Only the auto shows will tell.