On an interview with AutoExpress, SangYup Lee, Hyundai Senior Vice President and Head of Hyundai Global Design Center confirmed that there will be a production version of Prophecy coming after a production version of the 45 concept (which we already spied it). Both EVs will be built using E-GMP platform.
Speaking exclusively to Auto Express, SangYup Lee, Hyundai Senior Vice President and Head of Hyundai Global Design Center. said, “There will be a production version of Prophecy coming after a production version of the 45 concept.”
“The 45 is more inspired by the 1970s, but a more modern SUV style that’s more mainstream. The Prophecy is inspired by the 1930s streamlined era.” “These two cars show how much of the design spectrum we are capable of.” he added.
Auto Express understands that the new ‘Prophecy’ production model will be a replacement for the current Ioniq – both that car and the 45-based SUV will use the brand’s all-new Electric-Global Modular Platform or E-GMP. The 45 should arrive by the end of this year or earlier 2021, while the new Ioniq won’t be seen until the end of 2021.
“The EV skateboard platform with the short overhang and cowl pulled forward enables us to stretch the cabin to provide more space inside,” Lee told to AutoExpress. “The Prophecy is a future sedan – but not a traditional type of sedan, it will have lots of space inside and more curvature so it means a lot.”
Lee also revealed that the new models would be the start of a new design philosophy in Hyundai that would avoid the ‘Russian Doll’ strategy employed by many other car makers.
“Our cars will be more like a chess board where you have a King, Queen, Bishop, Knight,” Lee said. “They all look different and function differently but when they’re together they come as one team.This is what the Hyundai look is all about – diversifying our design to fulfill our customer’s lifestyle.”