Hyundai's New Prophecy EV Concept Looks Ready To Fight Porsche 911

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The rear end resembles a certain iconic German sports car.

Hyundai has wowed us with some of its new designs in recent times. Most recently, we were impressed with some sketches of the i20 hatchback. Of course, there's the striking new Sonata. And last year, we first set eyes on the Hyundai Azera sedan with its diamond-studded grille. The next phase of the Korean brand's design revolution is set to kick into high gear with the reveal of the Prophecy, a concept electric vehicle that the automaker has just teased with a single photograph.

We'll get to see the full unveiling of this boldly-named model at the Geneva International Motor Show from March 3, 2020. For now, the teaser image - showcasing the rear of the EV in a darkened setting - has echoes of a Porsche 911 if you look past the vertical taillights.

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Hyundai says that the new design is an extension of its "Sensuous Sportiness" design philosophy. Some of the concept's most notable design highlights are the wide rear flanks that the manufacturer says contributes to the EV's superb aerodynamics. At the back, there's also a large integrated spoiler flanked by pixel lamp taillights. Unsurprisingly, Hyundai has mostly commented on the rear of the Prophecy, the angle teased in the picture.

No details have been divulged about the electrified powertrain. For now, the Prophecy seems to be more about Hyundai's design plans for the future. "[The] Prophecy does not follow trends," said SangYup Lee, the Head of Hyundai's Global Design Center. Lee went on to say that the EV's "iconic design stands to expand Hyundai's design spectrum toward even broader horizons."

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Interestingly, Hyundai just announced that it has joined forces with Canoo, an EV company based in LA. Together, the two companies will develop a new all-electric platform which will underpin EVs from both Hyundai and Kia. Whether this new 'skateboard' platform has any connection to the Prophecy concept remains to be seen. For now, we don't know whether the Prophecy will ever make it to production but expect more information leading up to the March 3 reveal.

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