Hyundai previews Intrado Concept ahead of 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on December 10, 2013

Although we are in December, Hyundai revealed the first photo with the Intrado Concept that will be unveiled next March at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. According to the Korean manufacturer, the Intrado is built around a super-lightweight structure made from a mixture of advanced materials and joined using a revolutionary technique.

Hyundai says that this technique will change the way cars will be constructed in the future. Moreover, the Intrado Concept features a next-generation hydrogen fuel cell drivetrain that is both smaller and lighter than the one found on the IX35 Fuel Cell. Furthermore, the Intrado Concept is the first concept car inspired by Fluidic Sculpture 2.0.

Now let us explain its name: Intrado is the underside of an aircraft’s wing, which produces lift and enables the flight to take place. The Intrado Concept features advanced technical aspects from aircrafts, as it comes with advanced materials, removal of all unnecessary weight, a style born solely of purpose, and a highly efficient powertrain.

Peter Schreyer, President & CDO of Hyundai Motor Group, commented: “Hyundai Intrado envisages a motoring future that encapsulates the efficiency and freedom associated with flying. I believe in the power of mobility to deliver emotional as well as physical connections and this car helps us find again the joy of discovery. Intrado shows that future cars can be relevant and exciting.” 

Basically, the new Hyundai Intrado Concept derived its moniker from the underside of an aircraft's wing that generates aerodynamic lift. It is not only the moniker that was inspired by aircraft, but also the materials and technologies.

For instance, the Intrado Concept is void of all unneeded weight and it has a highly efficient powertrain and provides logical solutions to complicated issues.

The concept is provided with an exterior that reinterprets the brand’s fluidic sculpture design language. The need for aerodynamic efficiency has heavily influenced the shape of the Intrado Concept – with minimal detailing and no superfluous decorations. Moreover, the Intrado Concept features body panels made from advanced super lightweight steel derived from Hyundai’s steel factory.

Inside, the new Intrado Concept conveys another dimension of adaptability and usability, employing advanced materials and radical construction to ensure that it dons the kind functional beauty seen usually on high-end mountain bikes. Since the seals of opening panels are shut directly against the central carbon frame, the carbon fiber component is displayed when its doors, hood or trunk are opened.

Meanwhile, components that are typically hidden are well-highlighted like the 'see-through' air vents as well as the exposed frame where the seats are mounted. The interior is wrapped in bright 'Beaufort Orange' color, contrasting beautifully with the exposed carbon fiber – mirroring the styling seen on the exterior.

Thanks to its super-lightweight structure, the Intrado is lighter and stronger as well as easier to drive and repair. Hyundai employed new patent-pending manufacturing and joining techniques to construct the Intrado’s central carbon frame structure.

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