Get A First Glimpse Of Hyundai's Wacky New Electric Model

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Based on the Hyundai Concept 45.

Back at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show in September, Hyundai showed off a new electric vehicle called the Concept 45. The concept took inspiration from a 45-year-old Hyundai model called the 1974 Hyundai Pony Coupe Concept and was built to preview the company's upcoming electric vehicle design. Just a few short months after the concept was revealed, Hyundai has been spotted testing the first camouflaged prototype of the production car.

Hyundai currently offers two electric vehicles - the Kona Electric and Ioniq Electric - both of which are also offered with gasoline-powered variants. We expect this new model to be the first Hyundai model to be sold exclusively as an electric vehicle (not counting the hydrogen fuel cell Nexo).

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Not much is known about what this new model will be called but we expect it to ditch the '45' name used on the concept for a moniker that is more in-line with the rest of the company's portfolio. The drivetrain also remains a bit of mystery but our sources say the model seen testing here will include a four-wheel-drive configuration using a smaller motor in the front and a larger, more powerful motor in the rear. Battery range is pure speculation at this point but we'd be shocked if this new model didn't offer a noticeable improvement over the Kona's 258-mile electric driving range.

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There is still too much camouflaging to get a great sense of what the production car will look like but it should take design cues from the concept and tone them down a bit. It appears as though the production version will ride higher than the concept, which was styled to be a mid-point between a hatchback and a crossover. Given the popularity of crossovers right now, we'd be shocked if Hyundai offered a hatchback version when it reached production. Expect to see an official reveal sometime in 2021.

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