Hyundai has revealed its Intrado concept, which will premiere in Geneva next month. The crossover, codenamed the HED-9, will be equipped with a next-gen hydrogen fuel cell drivetrain utilising a Li-ion 36 kWh battery that can be refuelled in just a few minutes and offers the vehicle an operating range of up to 600 kilometres.
From a styling point of view, the Intrado’s exterior presents a progressive interpretation of the company’s established ‘fluidic sculpture’ form language. It’s the first Hyundai to have been developed under the direction of Peter Schreyer since he was appointed as president and chief design officer of Hyundai Motor Group in January last year.
The Intrado takes its name from the underside of an aircraft’s wing, in this case the area that creates lift. Aside from the name, the car’s advanced materials and technologies also draw inspiration from aircraft, such as the removal of all unnecessary weight (the body panels are made of advanced super lightweight steel, and the vehicle features a central carbon frame structure) and logical solutions to complex challenges.
The interior focuses on usability and adaptability, and draws attention to its advanced materials and radical construction to deliver the kind of functional beauty typically seen on high-end mountain bikes. The bright ‘Beaufort Orange’ theme contrasts with the exposed carbon fibre used in the carbon frame – these are highlighted whenever doors, hood or trunk are opened.