Vijay Pattni24 February 2014

Hyundai reveals the Intrado concept

Crossover coupe-thing is a hydrogen-powered vision of Hyundai's future, has silly name

No, ‘Intrado' is not the name of an invasive and painful medical procedure, but the name of the underside of an aircraft's wing; specifically, the area that creates lift. It's also now the name of Hyundai's new concept.

The Intrado is a sort of crossover coupe, layered with the sort of design flourishes we've come to expect from the Koreans and indeed, Peter Schreyer. As in, it looks good.

In fact, it's the first Hyundai to have been developed under Schreyer's new direction, and reflects his ability to make things really rather pretty. "This car has such purity of purpose," he notes. "It's logical, lovable and liveable". Quite.

We're told the body is made from super lightweight steel taken straight from Hyundai's own steel plant, with a central carbon frame. But it's the process behind this that Hyundai wants to draw attention to; the Intrado was constructed using new patent-pending manufacturing and joining techniques said to give designers flexibility (meaning prettier cars), and speed up repair times.

It's suitably future-proof underneath, too. It's powered by a hydrogen fuel cell with a 36kWh battery, capable of being refueled in just a few minutes, and offers up a range of around 370 miles. We are also promised a responsive drive and agile dynamics because of the body's low weight and efficient powertrain.

Inside, there's an orange interior that mixes with carbon fibre, and there is reference to high-end mountain bikes.

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