Report: Does this Hyundai Intrado concept preview the next Tucson?

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Hyundai Intrado Concept

The second generation of Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture design language has arrived a bit early, thanks to these leaked images of the Korean automaker’s Intrado Concept. Set to make its big debut at next month’s Geneva Motor Show, the three-door crossover is based on a next-generation version of the hydrogen powertrain used in Europe’s ix35 Fuel Cell (that’d be a hydrogen Tucson, for anyone who’s wondering).

We can see some 2015 Genesis Sedan in the grille, but the sharp, narrow LED headlights are something different. The c-shaped LED taillights also look good, although we’re less sure about the odd fairings around the wheel wells. Overall, it’s not a terrible design in our minds, but it probably won’t be the pretties vehicle to debut in Geneva.

But instead of focusing on the design, let’s talk about what impact the Intrado may have on Hyundai. Aside from the hydrogen powertrain, it seems as if the Intrado’s design is too conservative to be a pure concept. Instead, and as you may have guessed from our headline, we’re thinking this could be a preview of the next-generation Tucson. Considering the Tucson and its cousin the ix35 are the oldest vehicles in Hyundai’s lineup (not counting the Sonata, which is getting replaced at the New York show) and it’s a vehicle sold worldwide, previewing its replacement on a stage as big as Geneva doesn’t strike us as a bad idea.

What we can say for certain is that we should expect to know a lot more about the Intrado when it debuts at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show – if not sooner. Have a look up top at the four images of the latest concept from Hyundai and let us know what you think in Comments.

Does this Hyundai Intrado concept preview the next Tucson? originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 21 Feb 2014 18:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


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