Hyundai Intrado Concept Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Powertrain Specs, Photos
Hyundai is giving us a little glimpse into the future with the unveiling of their latest concept SUV, the Intrado.
Among the new items expected to appear in the Intrado are advanced infotainment systems and powertrain technologies that are there to help better engage the driver and passengers.
This is a little hint into how the cars of the future will have a more intuitive feel, whilst also being easily adaptable to fit the needs of the individual owner.
Hyundai Intrado Release Date
The Intrado will be introduced to the public when the 2014 Geneva Motor Show kicks off on March 6.
The name of the vehicle is taken from an area found on the underside of the wing of a plane that is responsible for creating lift.
Many of the materials and technologies used in the concept car draw inspiration from aircraft.
That includes removing all weight deemed unnecessary, and finding smart solutions to complex challenges.
Exterior, Interior Design
Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture design language can still be seen on the exterior of the Intrado, albeit in a more evolved state.
The shape of the car immediately catches the eye, with the distinctive design created to deliver an aerodynamic ride.
That is furthered by the absence of unnecessary adornments and detailing.
Hyundai Motor’s steel plant was responsible for producing the super lightweight steel panels found on the Intrado.
Usability and adaptability are the words that come to mind when you see the interior.
The use of advanced materials and radical construction create a level of beautiful functionality that is more commonly seen on a high-end mountain bike.
The carbon fiber used in the vehicle is put on display whenever the doors, hood, or trunk are opened, as the seals on all opening panels close directly against the central carbon frame.
Elements that are usually concealed are place in full view with the use of see-through air vents and an exposed frame.
While the exterior detailing is restrained for the most part, the use of “Beaufort Orange” serves to contrast beautifully with the exposed carbon fiber to create a real wow factor.
The use of lightweight materials is a sign that Hyundai is truly committed to delivering lighter, stronger vehicles that are a joy to drive and easy to repair.
The perfect example of that can be found in the central carbon frame structure that was put together using new manufacturing and joining techniques that may soon become the norm.
Since this central structure is so solid and rigid, virtually any material can be used to construct the body panels, helping give flexibility to the designers, whilst also making them easier to repair.
Crash performance and repair times are also improved when lightweight steel is used.
Fuel-cell Powertrain With 600 Km Range
Fuel cell technology is used to power the Intrado, with the powertrain making use of a Li-ion 36 kWh battery.
The all-new Hyundai Intrado has a range of up to 600 kilometers, emits nothing but water, and can be refueled in a mere matter of minutes. The reduced weight of the car will deliver great driving dynamics to go with the impressive range.
First Hyundai Designed By Peter Schreyer
The Intrado concept is the first Hyundai vehicle to be designed under the direction of President and Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer, who was awarded that role last year.
The styling and engineering of the Intrado was done predominantly at the Hyundai Motor European R&D centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany.