Hyundai unveils two new Geneva-bound concepts

Hyundai will take to this year’s Geneva Motor Show with two decidedly different concept cars — an aircraft-inspired compact crossover and a slinky mid-engined sports car.

The first, known as the Intrado, is a compact crossover powered by a hydrogen fuel-cell. The concept was created with a focus on aerodynamics and clean driving, with a body made up of lightweight steel over a carbon fibre structure. Hyundai calls the design minimal, stripped of excess trim bits for an “aircraft-inspired” design.

The Hyundai Intrado concept.

The Hyundai Intrado concept.
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Powertrain details haven’t been announced just yet, but Hyundai says the Intrado uses a 36 kWh lithium-ion battery pack paired to a hydrogen fuel-cell, good for a total range of up to 600 kilometres.

The second concept Hyundai will debut next week is a slinky two-seater, known as the PassoCorto. Overseen by Pininfarina designer Luca Borgogno, the PassoCorto is a joint study between Hyundai and the Istituto Europeo di Design based out of Turin.

The Hyundai PassoCorto concept.

The Hyundai PassoCorto concept.
Handout, Hyundai

The finished project is a lightweight, short-wheelbase and mid-engined sports car that is basically Hyundai’s take on the Alfa Romeo 4C. It is powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, likely derived from the Veloster Turbo but pumping out 268 horsepower. As enticing as the PassoCorto is, it will likely remain a concept.

Keep an eye on Driving for the latest from the Geneva Motor Show when it kicks off next Monday.

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