Hyundai 45 EV concept takes inspiration from 1974 Pony Coupe
The design team was also inspired by 1920s aircraft.
Hyundai has debuted the '45,' an electric coupe concept that blends futuristic and throwback styling.
The design team took inspiration from Hyundai's boxy 1974 Pony Coupe Concept, blended with a monocoque-style body that aims to evoke aircraft construction from the 1920s.
The name is said to reference 45 years since the Pony Coupe first appeared. It is also tied to the 45-degree angles at the front and rear, establishing a diamond-shape silhouette that foreshadows the design direction for future production EVs.
Like most current long-range EVs, the 45 integrates a flat 'skateboard' battery module below the floor to maximize interior space and lower the center of gravity.
The interior is said to feel like a living room with new pieces of furniture, with rotating seats that swivel towards occupants as they open the door for comfortable ingress and egress.
The Korean automaker has not announced which future production models will have styling cues based on the 45. The skateboard architecture provides greater flexibility than internal-combustion platforms, allowing several automakers to envision retro-themed EVs. The Honda E is one of the first to keep its throwback styling for the production model.