Hyundai has released preliminary information on its upcoming Intrado concept car, which is set to debut at the 2014 Geneva auto show in March. The compact crossover concept will employ Hyundai’s latest hydrogen fuel cell drivetrain as well as a super-lightweight construction.
Hyundai’s European R&D department in Rüsselheim, Germany was inspired by the lightweight dynamics of aircraft when designing the Intrado, which takes its name from the lift-producing underside of an aircraft’s wing.
“Hyundai Intrado envisages a motoring future that encapsulates the efficiency and freedom associated with flying,” said Hyundai Motor Group’s president and CDO Peter Schreyer. “I believe in the power of mobility to deliver emotional as well as physical connections and this car helps us find again the joy of discovery. Intrado shows that future cars can be relevant and exciting.”
The Intrado’s reduced weight, through use of an advanced technique “that has the potential to change the way cars are constructed in the future,” according to Hyundai, contributes to Hyundai’s commitment to efficiency with this concept.
The hydrogen fuel-cell technology at work in the Hyundai Intrado concept is apparently both smaller and lighter than the drivetrain currently used in the 2014 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell, which debuted at the 2013 Los Angeles auto show and is scheduled for limited release in the U.S. this spring. The Tucson Fuel Cell employs a small lithium-ion battery paired with a hydrogen fuel cell, together capable of 134 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. Driving range between hydrogen fill-ups is estimated at 250-300 miles.
In terms of design, the small crossover displays large wheel arches, high beltline, and a long, curving roof that descends smoothly toward the rear window and hatch. The large turbine-styled wheels and uniquely-shaped taillight layout stem from a fresh design language prominently featured on the Hyundai HND-9 concept that appeared at the 2013 Seoul auto show last March.
Hyundai has not released any other details about the concept, announcing that more information will be available leading into the 2014 Geneva auto show.