Hyundai 45 Concept: Retro-inspired EV teased for Frankfurt

Hyundai 45 Concept has a graphic lightbar for taillights image

Hyundai 45 Concept has a graphic lightbar for taillights image

The aptly named 45 concept has close ties with the first model to be badged as a Hyundai, the Pony from 1975, with the South Korean brand using it as inspiration for its latest all-electric offering.

"According to the carmaker, the new "[45]" concept is meant to showcase a brand new look for the carmaker, albeit with a retro perspective. It will mark a "symbolic milestone" for its future electric vehicle designs.

According to the manufacturer, "The new concept accentuates the forward-driven design direction while exploring the evolution of Hyundai's "sensuous sportiness" design language". It didn't reach the USA officially - indeed, it wasn't until the successor, the Hyundai Excel, that the automaker sold a auto in the U.S. - but it did kick-start the South Korean firm's global ambitions.

Hyundai hasn't revealed a lot about the concept; a short press release with the sole image doesn't reveal so much.

"The design philosophy strips away complexity celebrating the clean lines and minimalistic structure of the original Hyundai Pony", Hyundai said.

Elsewhere, we can see hints that the 45 will bear a resemblance to sibling firm Genesis' recent Mint concept, sporting a rakish rear roofline, a narrow rear window, extended wheel arches and a low, wide stance. On the below side, there is an LED light bar, where messages and graphics are shown for the taillights.

No interior pictures have been released of the vehicle just yet but the carmaker hinted that the interior will be unique that demonstrate how they're 'rethinking mobility'. Hyundai sold models before the Pony but they were rebadged Fords.