2019 LA Auto Show: Hyundai Vision T Plug-In Hybrid SUV Concept

November 20, 2019 by Nicole Wakelin, @nicolewakelin

Hyundai unveiled its Vision T Plug-in Hybrid crossover at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday, pitching the future of the automaker’s design as a part of an eco-friendly lifestyle.

The crossover is the seventh in a series of concept vehicles from the Hyundai Design Center, highlighting what Hyundai calls its Sensuous Sportiness global design language.

The popularity of compact crossovers makes the Vision T an ideal way to showcase Hyundai’s design aesthetic. Rather than building a concept that has no place in the current lineup, a vehicle based on the Vision T could easily find its position as a future production vehicle. The technology and styling are likely to show up in the next generation of the Hyundai Tucson, which is about the same size as the concept.

Hyundai Vision T

The Hyundai Vision T Plug-in Hybrid SUV’s headlamps feature a half-mirror system that becomes functional lighting as needed. (Photo: Hyundai)

DYNAMIC DESIGN

Intended for the urban adventurer, the Vision T differs from typical SUV designs with more angles and sharper edges to contrast against a sleek silhouette. Hyundai assigned two subthemes to its concept – Parametric Fantasy and Transcendent Connectivity – to create a seamless design with a sense of continuous motion.

The side windows feature a frameless opening with a satin chrome garnish complemented by oversize satin chrome wheels that offer a glimpse of orange brake calipers. The dark chrome Hyundai logo is illuminated with bright green and deep red to give it an added layer of dimension, and even the roof glass receives extra attention with an embossed pattern.

Hyundai Vision T

Sharp angles and edges contrast with the Hyundai Vision T Plug-in Hybrid SUV’s sleek silhouette. (Photo: Hyundai)

UNIQUE ACTIVE GRILLE

The grille closes when the vehicle is stationary but opens in a predetermined sequence when the Vision T is in motion. Rather than the usual series of slats that open in tandem, each cell in the grille opens in a specific pattern. That extends the sense of motion not just from the static elements of the design, but also to a functional feature that controls airflow for optimal aerodynamics and fuel efficiency.

LIGHTING THE WAY

Integrated hidden signature headlamps include a half-mirror system with a chromium look that becomes functional lighting as needed. Hidden daytime running lights complement overall lighting design with a nod to the next generation of Hyundai innovation.

Hyundai Vision T

Light patterns are a big part of Hyundai’s Vision T Plug-in Hybrid SUV. This circular pattern fills in when the vehicle is fully charged. (Photo: Hyundai)

From the rear, the theme continues with tail lamps and a Hyundai logo that shut down in a sequenced pattern rather than simultaneously. The charging port also has unique lighting with “Blue Drive” illuminated during active charging along with a circular light cluster that gradually becomes a fully closed circle as the Vision T reaches full charge.

The Hyundai Vision T Plug-in Hybrid SUV Concept offers a preview of the future with design elements that will appear on production vehicles in coming years.

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