2014 Geneva Preview: Hyundai Intrado Concept shows the new design philosophy

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 22, 2014

Hyundai will unveil at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show the all-new Intrado Concept, a super-lightweight crossover coupe that features the second-generation hydrogen fuel cell powertrain. Moreover, the Intrado Concept debuts a new design philosophy for Hyundai and according to design president Peter Schreyer, the vehicle puts the driver at the centre of the driving experience.

What’s more interesting is that the concept car features a carbonfibre-reinforced plastic structure. Behind the steel panels is a skeleton frame made up of inter-connected one-piece hoops of moulded CFRP and each hoop features several flexible tubes of woven carbonfibre inlayed within to run in longitudinal cavities.

The hoops are bonded together in order to form a tubular CFRP spaceframe. As a result, the monocoque chassis is fully-flexible in design terms and 70 percent lighter than its steel equivalent. Under the hood, there is a fuel cell stack and an electric motor, which powers the front wheels.

The 36 kWh lithium-ion battery is located under the driver’s seat, while the high-pressure hydrogen tank is fund under the back seats and boot floor. Regarding the design, the Intrado Concept features a new hexagonal grille that introduces us t the new family face of the next-generation cars from Hyundai.

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