HYUNDAI unveiled a plug-in hybrid SUV concept on the Los Angeles motor present final week that advances the styling of its hydrogen fuel-cell Nexo and traditional combustion-engined Santa Fe fashions into what’s hinted to preview the next-generation Tucson that’s due for launch within the subsequent 12 months.
Details of what’s anticipated to be a beefed-up model of the Ioniq’s petrol-electric drivetrain choice stay scarce because the Vision T is extra of a design research, though it’s much less of a leap from present Hyundai styling conventions than the angular and retro-futuristic 45 electrical hatchback concept proven at Frankfurt in September.
Highly sculpted flanks give the Vision T a muscular look, whereas the squared-off wheelarches are bolder and extra assured variations of the Gandini-style shapes utilized to the present Tucson –a household resemblance that isarguably the most important trace as to this concept’s future manufacturing incarnation.
The South Korean car-maker describes this look as “a vision of the new urban adventurer SUV design direction”.
Another function that would make it from present automotive to showroom is the “parametric air shutter” grille made up of cells that may individually open and shut in sequence to exactly management cooling airflow and aerodynamics for optimised effectivity.
Similarly the “hidden signature” headlight design built-in into the grille makes use of one-way mirrors in what seems like an extension of the grille until the LEDs behind are illuminated.
In distinction to the bulges and creases of the Vision T’s decrease physique is a extra minimalist glasshouse with slender shut strains and skinny pillars designed to provide the impression of a seamless, one-piece window.
The panoramic glass roof is discreetly etched with a sample that varieties the Hyundai emblem.From the rear, the Vision T has a closely haunched look with distinct ‘hips’ brought on by a jutting crease that begins on the entrance door and turns into extra pronounced above the rear wheelarches, which themselves are dramatically flared.
The grille design is mimicked by the tail-light cluster that’s linked by a slim mild strip operating from edge to fringe of the tailgate, which is topped by a outstanding roof spoiler with triangular high-level brake mild whereas a two-level splitter sort design dominates the rear bumper.
Hyundai says the rear clusters “follow a prescribed light extinguishing sequence” that ends with the firm’s emblem in illuminated type.
Charging standing can also be displayed in lights, making a full circle across the socket when its battery is full.
Apart from being a hefty 2014mm extensive –whereas missing any exterior mirrors or doorhandles in typical concept automotive fashion –the Vision T’s dimensions might feasibly be transplanted to the next-generation Tucson.
Currently on the small finish of the medium SUV phase, the Tucson is 4480mm lengthy, whereas the Vision T is sized nearer to the Toyota RAV4 at 4610mm in size.The Vision T’s 2804mm wheelbase is considerably longer than the present Tucson and even eclipses that of the Hyundai Santa Fe giant SUV that stretches 2765mm between the axles.
As a outcome, the concept has tiny overhangs that will not make it to the manufacturing model.Height-wise, the Vision T is 1704mm tall in contrast with 1660mm for the Tucson and 1690mm for a RAV4, in all probability owing to its outsized concept automotive wheels, behind that are orange brake callipers.
The lifecycle for Hyundai fashions tends to final between 5 and 6 years, so given the present Tucson was revealed on the 2015 Geneva motor present it matches that an all-new mannequin based mostly on the Vision T will break cowl a while subsequent yr.
Hyundai included a diesel-electric plug-in hybrid prototype with 48-volt lithium-ion battery pack in with the unique Tucson reveal at Geneva in 2015, together with a extra typical collection hybrid that was additionally based mostly round a diesel engine.
Popularity of the present Tucson has begun to wane, with salesslumping 19.2 per cent final yr and down 6.9 per cent year-to-date.
It stays Hyundai’s second-best vendor with 15,555 reported deliveries to the top of October, after the i30 small hatch on 24,104 models (+zero.three%).
Overall Hyundai gross sales are eight.2 per cent down, on 73,944 models to the top of October.