It could preview the design of next-generation SUVs and hybrids

The 2019 Hyundai Vision T Plug-In concept is an SUV concept that the Korean automaker introduced at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show. A somewhat futuristic design with unique styling cues, the Vision T showcases a brand-new design language. It’s also described as global, so it could inspire a new lineup of SUVs. The crossover is slightly larger than the Hyundai Tucson and it’s a plug-in hybrid. Sadly, there’s no info about the drivetrain and no photos of the Vision T’s interior. But let’s find out what it could mean for the future of the Korean brand.

What Does the 2019 Hyundai Vision T Plug-In Hybrid Concept Tell Us About Hyundai’s Future?

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The Vision T is a significant departure from Hyundai’s current design language. Sure, the overall design is that of a coupe-style SUV, an increasingly popular layout nowadays, but the details stand out.

The first element that catches the eye is headlamp and grille assembly. These are grouped in the same element, so it's like the grille extends where the headlamps should.

But the lights are there and the outer cells of the grille also incorporate LED lights.

The grille itself features an air shutter design. When the concept is stationary, the grille is closed and looks like a standard element that lacks openings. But when the vehicle sets in motion, the individual cells of the grille move to control airflow to the powertrain. They also optimize aerodynamics, which in turn helps improve fuel efficiency. The signature lights on the sides of the grille also activate only when when you start the drivetrain. The lights are actually hidden under a half-mirror system, so the entire headlamp and grille assembly looks like a big chunk of chrome when the concept sits motionless. This feature will make it on the next generation of Hyundai vehicles.

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The lower grille is flanked by massive air vents, while the lower bumper is made of geometric shapes that mimic the cells of the grille. Both are too exaggerated for a production model, but they might inspire future designs.

The front hood features larger than usual character lines that could be described as fins for a more accurate image.

There’s a central fin that connects the nose to the windshield and two more on each side. The side fins start from the point where the grille connects seamlessly to the headlamps, extend over the wheel arches and travel to the front doors, where they split into two different lines. There’s a superior line that continues toward the rear, creating a thick beltline, and a lower line that connects to the front edge of the side skirt. This lower line helps create the impression that the front fenders are completely separated from the body.

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The side skirts are also wider than usual, while the rear fenders are so beefed-up that the body becomes notably wider toward the rear. The window trim is basically flat, creating the impression that the windows are fully integrated into the body. The B-pillars are almost invisible, but this is an impressive feature that will be difficult and expensive to put into a production model.

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The T-Vision is a plug-in hybrid, but you can't see the plug cap because it's hidden under a sliding cover on the passenger-side rear quarter panel.

When charging the battery, "Blue Drive" lettering is illuminated on the panel, while the battery’s state of charge is indicated in a metered, circular light cluster.

Move toward the back and the T-Vision reveals a rear fascia dominated by horizontal lines and extremely thin features. Each taillamp is made of four horizontal light bars stacked in groups of two, with an even thinner LED bar connecting them across the tailgate. The bumper feels massive but it’s almost featureless, while the diffuser-like element suggests off-road capability. Both the Hyundai badge and the license plate number are illuminated in blue.

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Hyundai had nothing to say about the interior and the drivetrain outside the fact that his SUV is a plug-in hybrid. But this doesn’t mean that the Vision T lacks value. Like all Hyundai concept vehicles before it, the Vision T likely previews styling cues that will make it on production models in the near future.

At 181.5 inches long, this concept is smaller than the Santa Fe and slightly bigger than the Tucson. However, its wheelbase is almost two inches longer than the Santa Fe’s and four inches shorter than the Palisade’s. While it could also preview a next-generation Hyundai Tucson, it could also preview a brand-new model with a sportier design. With so many carmakers joining the coupe SUV segment nowadays, I expect Hyundai to also take the plunge in a couple of years or so.

Hyundai Vision T Concept Exterior Dimensions
Hyundai Vision T Concept
Overall Length 181.5 in.
Width 79.3 in.
Height 67.1 in.
Wheelbase 110.4 in.
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Vision T is the seventh Hyundai Design Center Concept from Hyundai Motor Company
Vision T Hybrid SUV Concept is an Innovative, Eco-focused, Compact SUV Design with Functional Dynamism as a Core Concept Vision

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 20, 2019 – Hyundai today unveiled its innovative Vision T Plug-in Hybrid SUV Concept at 2019 AutoMobility LA. The Vision T is the seventh in a series of Hyundai Design Center concepts expressing Hyundai’s evolving Sensuous Sportiness global design language. “We pursue innovative solutions in design and add emotional value to our product experience through sensuous sportiness design language,” said SangYup Lee, Senior Vice President and Head of Hyundai Global Design Center. The SUV concept has a matte-green exterior finish and is powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain indicating its eco-lifestyle focus and inherent balance with the environment in which it is driven.


Guided by Hyundai’s Sensuous Sportiness design principle, Vision T design themes revolve around the concept of Dynamism and as such, the Vision T Concept aspires to be on the cutting edge of the most dynamic SUV designs. It is a vision of the new urban adventurer SUV design direction.

Vision T Plug-in Hybrid SUV Design Concept Dimensions


VISION T Design Concept

Overall Length

181.5 in.


79.3 in.


67.1 in.


110.4 in.

The Vision T side profile conveys a continual sense of speed and forward motion. The long hood and level roofline coupled with a long wheelbase and short overhangs reflect a ready-for-anything dynamic character. In contrast to prevailing compact SUV designs, Vision T uses crisp geometric angles and edges to create a striking contrast between a sleek silhouette and masculine wedge lines.

Dynamic Spirit

Two derivative sub-themes of the dynamism fundamental design concept are Parametric Fantasy and Transcendent Connectivity. In these sub-themes, all parametric surfaces are connected from the body to either light or trim features. It features seamless connectivity free from distinct design boundaries. Ambient light reflects off these concave and convex lines creating an extreme sense of tension. Charisma is added with the evolution of a Hidden Signature Lamp derived from the Le Fil Rouge and Grandeur Face Lift. At higher speeds, the Parametric Air Shutter is an original developmental feature that actively adjusts both aerodynamics and design appearance.

Parametric Air Shutter Grille Design

When stationary, the grille is closed and static. Once in motion, each individual cell of the grille design continues to move in a prescribed sequence, creating a truly dynamic forward demeanor. This dynamic character includes the functional effect of controlling airflow to the powertrain, optimizing aerodynamics and fuel efficiency.

Integrated Hidden Signature Headlamp

When the powertrain is started, the dark-chrome matte hue of the integrated hidden signature headlamp system features a half-mirror system that has a chromium appearance which transforms into functional lighting on demand. Hyundai designers elevated the appeal of luminous parametric design through hidden DRLs, while the hidden signature lamp represents the next generation of this Hyundai design innovation.

Vision T Profile

The side window design is ultra-clean and seamless, with a futuristic frameless daylight opening and a satin chrome garnish. The oversize satin chrome alloy wheels feature ample voided area with dark orange brake calipers visible within the split-five-spoke wheel design. The beveled sides of the wheel spokes feature a matte-gray finish descending into the voided areas, highlighting the brilliance of the satin chrome spoke faces. From above, a special glass pattern is embossed within the roof glass structure. These dynamic effects carry into the Hyundai logo design. The H design is dark chrome; when illuminated it is enhanced with a bright green and deep red hue for sharper dimensionality.

The sequenced lighting theme carries through to the rear of the vehicle, demonstrated when the powertrain is shut down and the rear tail lamps and Hyundai logo follow a prescribed light extinguishing sequence, with the Hyundai logo as the last of the rear lighting signature to cease illumination.

The Vision T charging port is located on the passenger side rear quarter panel and features a sliding cover. When charging, “Blue Drive” is illuminated, indicating the system is actively charging. The battery state of charge is also visually indicated externally in a metered, circular light cluster, creating a complete circle appearance when fully charged.

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