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2014 Hyundai Intrado Crossover Concept revealed

Snapshot: The high-riding hydrogen production car will be presented at the upcoming 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

After releasing a teaser sketch back in December 2013, Hyundai has now released the first batch of images of the its all-new Intrado Crossover Concept ahead of the model’s official debut at the upcoming 2014 Geneva Motor Show in March. What makes this model really special is the possibility that the Concept could end up being Hyundai’s first bespoke hydrogen production car and the second, is the fact that the Crossover Concept is the first model to feature Hyundai’s all-new Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language. 

Described as a three-door crossover that seats four, the Intrado Concept is made from a lightweight carbon fibre reinforced plastic superstructure. Designed by Mr Peter Schreyer - the man who designed quite a number of Kia cars says that Intrado Concept has been designed "from the inside out: to put the driver at the centre of the driving experience; to be perfect in an ergonomic sense; and to provide a genuinely multi-purpose ownership experience – capable enough to suit an active lifestyle, small enough to park in the city, but comfortable and efficient over long distances." The high-riding Crossover Concept was designed and engineered at Hyundai’s technical centre in Frankfurt and while, it was under development, the model was internally referred to as HED-9, a give-away that it is the ninth concept car from Hyundai Europe Design. 

The Hyundai Intrado Crossover Concept has also been equipped with muscular fenders, plastic body cladding and a rakish windscreen. At the back, there’s a rounded tailgate and C-shaped taillights. On the inside, the Concept features black and orange interiors with notable highlights such as the sporty steering wheel, a digital instrument cluster and a freestanding infotainment system. 

The aerodynamic-looking fuel cell Crossover Concept will feature the second generation hydrogen fuel cell power-train, which is rated to give around 587 kilometers of range. This new hydrogen fuel cell system is said to be smaller and lighter than the one used in the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell. Hyundai claims that this new drivetrain technology coupled with the ultra lightweight structure of the Concept has made the model 70 per cent lighter than an equivalent vehicle made of steel. The company even claims that the said construction approach could one day be put into use on its mass market vehicles. 

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