Hyundai has introduced a new electric concept car called Prophecy, which frankly looks like a Porsche 911 and a Model 3 have been beaten up and wrapped in obsidian.
The new concept was introduced at the now canceled Geneva Motor Show 2020, and Hyundai really only shows its design skills. No specifications are associated with the prophecy or the claims of a production date. It is simply a design object designed to give people an idea of what Hyundai sees as a possible future for its electric vehicles.
As a design object, I think it works pretty well. Yes, it borrows its rear end from Stuttgart and its front end – especially the shape of the headlights and the curvature of the bonnet – from Silicon Valley, but that's not surprising. Hyundai has a pretty good reputation for adopting design elements from more premium cars and offering them to customers on a budget.
These two ends are connected by an almost seamlessly curved design (made possible by flap doors) that looks far more luxurious than you would normally expect from Hyundai. And the whole thing is covered with this shiny, deep black finish. Everything works very well for me, although Hyundai is a little more … proud? In the press release, Hyundai says the car has an "iconic silhouette of perfect proportions," and it boldly claims that its designers have "achieved the ultimate automobile shape." I think if you call a car "prophecy" you can go wild in the copy of the ad just as well. Or maybe that's why Hyundai is working with Uber on air taxis.
According to Hyundai, the designers have “achieved the ultimate automotive shape”.
Two things that really stand out about the Prophecy are the “pixelated” headlights and taillights. Hyundai teased this idea with the chunkier and less refined-looking 45 Concept that was launched last year, but it's more naturally built into the prophecy. Hyundai says these will appear in future models, which is why they will be exhibited here.
The interior of the Prophecy doesn't have a steering wheel, as Hyundai imagines that this car would have a high degree of autonomy. Instead, there are two “joysticks” – one in the center console and one in the driver's door – with which the driver can “swivel left and right” to control the vehicle.
As a modern concept car, the Prophecy is of course full of screens. There is a cross-dashboard screen in the front, and the rest of the interior is also littered with screens. In addition, the dashboard is flipped up to display – yes – another smaller screen below it.
Hyundai is unlikely to create a street version of the prophecy, given how the concept car sets the design language for the company's many upcoming electric and hybrid vehicles. But that does not mean that it is completely excluded. If something like the prophecy ever comes on the market, Hyundai hopes that some of Rimac's technologies will be incorporated into the final version. What better way for the Korean automaker to get back part of the $ 90 million he spent last year for the Croatian supercar boutique company than to create an electric 911 / Model 3 mashup that does just as quickly – or maybe even faster – is like the original?