Hyundai’s premium cars will likely adopt a ‘liquid metal’ design theme.
Having build a strong sales success with their current Genesis and Equus premium cars, Hyundai chose the 2013 North American International Auto Show to offer a glimpse of what a premium sedan from the automaker might look like. The HCD-14 Genesis Concept introduces what the design team calls a ‘liquid-metal design language’. The sculpted lighting on the front and rear are balanced by long sweeping side body lines. Viewed in person, the surface of the car includes a lot of subtleties that don’t translate as well in photographs. A distinctive feature that needs to make the leap to the production model are the lower front and rear LED driving lights. We haven’t seen anything like these on a vehicle before.
Inside, Hyundai engineers has included some technology features aiming to make driving safer. There’s a state-of-the-art eye tracking and 3-D hand-gesture recognition system for operating vehicle controls and accessing information.
Some of the past HCD concept cars from Hyundai have crossed over into the weird category but the HCD-14 has distinctive design elements that don’t feel overdone and you get a good feel of where the production version is headed.
[photos: Bill Pinter]