Hyundai has grown by leaps and bounds over the last decade, and anyone who has followed company’s evolution has to be impressed. Because along with making impressive strides in both performance and reliability, the Korean heavyweight has also been turning out some beautiful designs of late. And at the Geneva Motor Show, the company provided a look at what we can expect to see from it in the future, via the stunning Hyundai Le Fils Rouge Concept.
Like every other concept car, it’s far more art than science. But what sweet science it is! We think the design is a gorgeous blend of organic lines and pronounced, speed inspiring creases, which all stem from a massive grille which dominates the front clip. The interior also sparkles, with starkly beautiful seats which seem to float above the textured floor.
It’s almost like design icons Charles and Ray Eames envisioned it, and the dash looks like the readout from a personal interstellar craft.
Another trick feature are the rear suicide doors — sorry, the industry prefers “carriage” doors — which make the cabin look as expansive and welcoming as the lobby in luxury hotel lobby. In our opinion, this is a design detail that needs to make it on to more production vehicles, and we still can’t figure out why Lincoln didn’t do it with the latest Continental, given how historically appropriate it would be.
Curiously, the press material mentions that inspiration was take from a car from decades four ago, Giorgetto Giugiaro’s 1974 Hyundai Pony Coupe Concept. Given how flat and angular that model is, we can’t say we seem much resemblance. But if you’re going to take inspiration from a designer, it’s not a bad idea to go for one of the most legendary to every pick up a pen.
Of course, you won’t be see this at your local AutoNation Hyundai dealer. But here’s hoping some features of the Hyundai Le Fils Rouge Concept trickle down to the production line soon.