The South Korean carmaker has come a long way and it’s not stopping now

Take a step back and look at were was Hyundai 10 or 15 years ago. Since those times, the Koreans have made quite a leap to the level they maintain today. Hyundais are definitely not what they used to be and the future is looking even brighter.

We have good reason to make that statement. Hyundai decided to put the Prophecy and 45 prototypes into production and they’ll both be powered by the brand’s new all-electric architecture.

Here’s one Prophecy that will become reality

The Prophecy and 45 Concepts Will Spearhead Hyundai's Electric Future
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According to Auto Express, the Prophecy prototype will give us a road-going replacement for the current Ioniq. Together with it, a production version of the sleek 45 concept car is bound to spearhead Hyundai’s efforts in the electrification race.

“There will be a production version of Prophecy coming after a production version of the 45 concept.”

This is what SangYup Lee, Hyundai Senior Vice President and Head of Hyundai Global Design Center told Auto Express in an exclusive interview.

The Prophecy and 45 Concepts Will Spearhead Hyundai's Electric Future Exterior
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The official also pointed out that the 1970s-inspired 45 and the 1930s streamlined era-inspired Prophecy “show how much of the design spectrum we [Hyundai] are capable of.”

What’s more, the media outlet believes that both models will be underpinned by Hyundai’s new E-GMP (Electric-Global Modular Platform) architecture, with the 45 making an appearance by the end of 2020, and the next-gen Ioniq following suite in 2021.

Shape and function-wise, the Prophecy will be a sedan, “but not a traditional type of sedan,” says Mr. Lee, who promises “lots of space inside and more curvature.” The 45 will take the shape of an SUV, because this sort of body style is still the crowd’s favorite, so the decision to offer an all-electric crossover is understandable, financially speaking.

The Prophecy and 45 Concepts Will Spearhead Hyundai's Electric Future Exterior
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In addition, Hyundai won’t go down the Russian doll design avenue taken by some German carmakers.

Instead, each car will have its own design and personality. Speaking of which, the official also confirmed that the road-legal versions of the 45 and Prophecy will get pixel lamp lights, those tiny square LED lights that can also display basic animations.

2019 Hyundai 45 EV Concept specifications
Engine electric motor
Horsepower 201 HP
Torque 291 LB-FT
Range 258 miles
Battery 64-kWh Li-ion-polymer

Source: Auto Express

Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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