This is the Hyundai Prophecy Concept

Hyundai intended to make a big difference in Geneva. The stock market will not take place, but the car news will! This is the very strikingly designed Prophecy Concept!

The Prophecy is a study model in which the appearance is more important than the motor aspect. With its fully electrically powered concept car, Hyundai has shown that emission-free cars can also be appealing and attractively designed. SangYup Lee, head of the Hyundai Global Design Center, and his design team have not at all restrained the design of the Prophecy.

The study model has strikingly round shapes and looks aerodynamically smooth as well. It is a world of difference with the concept cars punctuated with an abundance of aggressive and sharp lines that seem to be the trend nowadays. The Prophecy has short overhangs, wheels placed far at the corners and a sloping bottom that ends in a ‘boat tail’. At the rear we observe, among other things, a rear spoiler made of transparent acrylic. That material also returns in the headlights. Lighting is a special aspect of the Prophecy anyway. Just like with the 45 Concept that Hyundai showed last year, this new show car has lighting with a ‘pixel-like’ layout – constructed from small squares. Hyundai says that this will be the future light signature that it will give its models.


According to Hyundai, the design language of the Prophecy is a variation on the Sensuous Sportinessphilosophy underlies the latest models of the brand. Optimistic Futurism, that’s what Hyundai calls the design style. That sounds nice on social media of course, but the Futurism part of that name is not completely out of the blue. The interior in particular seems to come from a model from 2040. A regular steering wheel is missing here, which is only partly due to the fact that the Prophecy must also be able to drive autonomously. Instead of a steering wheel, the Prophecy has two striking levers, one of which is placed in the door panel next to the driver and the other is housed in the center console. The car can be controlled via these ‘joysticks’, which can be moved left and right. Buttons are provided on the controls themselves. According to Hyundai, this is a “more intuitive way to operate and drive a car”. In any case it will be special. The dashboard itself consists mainly of a large display that extends almost the entire width of the dashboard. Of course, more striking ideas have been applied in this study model. For example, air inlets have been installed under the doors, whereby the air is extensively filtered before it is circulated in the interior.

Hyundai does not talk about concrete production plans, but do not be surprised if in the future you will find design elements of this show car on Hyundais production models.

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