THIS stunning new concept car from Hyundai should have been one of the stars of the Geneva Motor Show, but the cancellation of the event due to coronavirus denied the Korean maker of what might have been a global launch triumph.
Instead, the new design concept was given a low-key digital reveal, but Hyundai has now released more details and images of the car.
Dubbed Prophecy, Hyundai says that rather than being a pure concept, the name refers to the fact that this sleek coupe teases ideas and features which the company will develop in the future.
The company's chief design officer, Luc Donckerwolke, says that Prophecy is inspired by the vintage cars of the 1920s and 30s, but with its sensuously sweeping curves front and rear, motoring buffs may reckon that it gives more than a mere nod to the Porsche 911.
The electrically-powered concept car is crammed with novel ideas and one of the most unique is the steering system. Rather than a conventional wheel there are dual joysticks either side of the driver which are used to steer.
The system frees up space on the dashboard for other features while buttons on the twin joysticks can control 90 per cent of the vehicle's functions meaning, for example, that drivers doesn't have to take their hands off the joysticks to change the music. Hyundai calls the cockpit's ergonomic setup the Intuitive Human Interface.
Other features include the ability to create an optimised seating position based on the drivers' individual physical characteristics. As well as a manual mode, the system features a "smart" mode which allows the driver to enter their height, seated height and weight. The system then automatically adjusts the seat, steering wheel, mirror, and head-up display to the driver's individual physical condition.
The infotainment system is integrated into a large screen stretching across the entire front of the vehicle's interior. When not driving, Prophecy can be used as an entertainment space by selecting Relax Mode which reclines the seats and swivels the dashboard upwards to create the optimal seating position from which to enjoy the content shown on the display.
Hyundai reckons that as autonomous driving technology progresses, the potential for vehicles to be used as relaxation spaces will grow in importance.
That's some Prophecy - can't wait to see tech like this in the i20!