Hyundai's head of design gives us a closer look at this futuristic hatchback.
Seen last year at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Hyundai 45 concept's retro-futuristic lines got us excited about the possibility of a truly groundbreaking hatchback, although Hyundai never made such promises. Instead, the 45 was an opportunity to "reimagine the in-car experience," especially with the move towards autonomous driving.
Now, the Korean automaker has released a new walkaround video of the 45, with SangYup Lee, Head of Design, giving us a couple of more insights into the captivating concept, especially the gorgeous, minimalist interior.
The 45 EV's design draws inspiration from Hyundai's 1974 Hyundai Pony Coupe - released 45 years prior to this concept - the brand's first concept car, although the front pixel lighting signature could only be from a much more contemporary design.
Although Hyundai has stepped up its interior game in a big way as seen in the likes of the new Elantra and the upcoming Tucson with its dramatic touchscreen display, the 45's lounge-like cabin is on another level. The double sliding doors provide a sensation of openness and space not typically associated with a compact hatchback, while the swiveling driver's seat makes getting into and out of the 45 a truly graceful event that would be the envy of Rolls-Royce owners. Natural light enters the cabin via a glass roof with physical blinds.
An extremely wide, curved digital display, together with deep door panels, was likened by Lee to being inside a "Jacuzzi bathtub" - if that doesn't relax you, nothing will. Gentle lemon ambient lighting contrasts nicely with the light color scheme. And it must be said, with its super low floor, the cabin does appear huge considering the car's size.
Hyundai refers to the idea of car interiors becoming more like living spaces as its Style Set Free concept, a direction not dissimilar from where manufacturers like BMW have been heading with recent concepts. If the 45 represents the car interior of the future, we'll all get to the office a lot less stressed than we have up until now.