Hyundai HND-9 concept hints at future styling direction and/or new model


Hyundai recently released the HND-9 Concept that is the company's "modern reinterpretation of an elegant, classic premium sports coupe." The sleek luxury coupe is the latest design to use Hyundai's fluidic sculpture design language and is said to show the company's future design direction. “HND-9 will give customers a glimpse of Hyundai’s future luxury sports coupe models,” said Suk-Geun Oh, head of Hyundai Design Center. “Representing an evolution of Hyundai’s ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ design philosophy, the rear-wheel drive sports coupe concept balances high performance with a sophisticated image.” The HND-9 uses a 3.3-liter turbocharged engine that produces about 365 hp and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission driving the rear wheels. In this form, the HND-9 uses 22-inch wheels and scissor-type doors with rear-view cameras that might be questionable for a production version. This is a good-looking coupe that might make a nice compliment to the Genesis sedan. Interesting note: if you look closely at the door sill in the interior pic, the name Venace is imprinted in script. Is that a unique spelling of Venice, or would it be pronounced Ven-a-che? Maybe this one is closer to production than we think...

Source: Hyundai - Press release after the jump.





Press Release:
Hyundai Luxury Sports Coupe Concept HND-9 Makes its World Debut at the 2013 Seoul Motor Show
  • HND-9 hints at direction of Hyundai’s next-generation luxury sports coupe- Special design projects strengthen Hyundai’s 'Modern Premium' image 
  • Hyundai Motor Co., the fastest-growing automaker by brand, today staged a world-premiere of the HND-9, its latest luxury sports coupe concept that illustrates the company’s future design direction.
“HND-9 will give customers a glimpse of Hyundai’s future luxury sports coupe models,” said Suk-Geun Oh, head of Hyundai Design Center. “Representing an evolution of Hyundai’s ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ design philosophy, the rear-wheel drive sports coupe concept balances high performance with a sophisticated image.” The concept was unveiled at the 2013 Seoul Motor Show.

The HND-9 is the ninth concept model developed by the Hyundai Motor Group’s R&D Center in Namyang, Korea. Based on a modern reinterpretation of an elegant, classic premium sports coupe, sophisticated details in every design element of the car reinforce a premium look. The vehicle, with its dramatic, long hood and wheelbase, has an overall length of 4,695mm, width of 1,890mm and height of 1,340mm with a 2,860mm wheelbase.

Equipped with 3.3-liter turbo GDi engine and 8-speed auto transmission, HND-9 delivers a maximum output of 370ps, while its exterior design exudes a befitting image of the powerful performance.

Fluidic yet sleek character lines that stretch from headlamp to trunk, voluminous, powerful car body and a striking, wide hexagonal-shaped radiator grille enhance the vehicle’s high performance image. Moreover, butterfly doors, sculptural rear combination lamps, and dual tailpipes placed on both sides, give the car a sleek, futuristic look. Twenty-two inch alloy wheels – mixed with carbon materials - also contribute to great styling, while lowering its weight.

Like its exterior, the interior styling of the HND-9 was designed to deliver a modern, luxurious driving experience. Three key concepts were embedded into the interior design to realize this goal: spiral sculpture, elegance and high-tech interface.

Based on the spiral sculpture concept - derived from Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy - dynamic and distinctive spiral-shaped metal lines frame the entire interior in a speedy and rhythmical way, creating a unique layout.

The seats are made of sporty yet luxurious mesh, and depending on which angle they are seen from, they project different colors, exuding elegance and mystique. The driver-oriented, high-tech interface is modeled after a cockpit, offering both improved functionality and aesthetics, optimized for dynamic driving.

Including its world-premiere concept, Hyundai exhibits a total of 30 cars and 11 new technologies in 10 specialized zones, including displays for children. Hyundai’s booth, the largest at the show, is based on a theme called ‘Brilliant Moment O.’ The letter ‘O’ represents both Hyundai’s will to strengthen its basics (zero) and its communication with customers (circle).

Furthermore, as part of the company’s continued efforts to realize its ‘Modern Premium’ values, Hyundai introduced a variety of both internal and external collaboration projects. Namely, the ‘i40 Art Car,’ ‘My Baby’ project and ‘Equus by Hermes’ concept car showcase Hyundai’s brand enhancement efforts through design.

“Hyundai Motor has come a long way. However, we will not rest on our laurels, but continue putting forth our utmost efforts to deliver Hyundai’s unique ‘Modern Premium’ values to more customers,” said Choong Ho Kim, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor.

About Hyundai Motor
Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Co. has grown into the Hyundai Motor Group, with more than two dozen auto-related subsidiaries and affiliates. Hyundai Motor -- which has seven manufacturing bases outside of South Korea including Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, India, Russia, Turkey and the U.S. -- sold 4.06 million vehicles globally in 2011. Hyundai Motor, which employs over 80,000 worldwide, offers a full line-up of products including small to large passenger vehicles, SUVs and commercial vehicles. Further information about Hyundai Motor and its products is available at www.hyundai.com.