Hyundai HND-9 concept hints at future design direction

New luxury sports coupe concept made its world debut at 2013 Seoul Motor Show

Published: April 11, 2013, 12:00 PM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 3:17 PM

Hyundai HCD-9 concept

Hyundai used its home-country's premier auto show to stage the world premiere of its latest luxury sports coupe concept. The HND-9, which was unveiled at the 2013 Seoul Motor Show, is said to illustrate the company’s future design direction.

"HND-9 will give customers a glimpse of Hyundai’s future luxury sports coupe models," said Suk-Geun Oh, head of Hyundai Design Center. "Representing an evolution of Hyundai’s ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ design philosophy, the rear-wheel drive sports coupe concept balances high performance with a sophisticated image."

The HND-9 is the ninth concept model developed by the Hyundai Motor Group’s R&D Center in Namyang, Korea. It is said to be based on a modern reinterpretation of an elegant, classic premium sports coupe look.

It features a dramatically long hood and 2,860-mm wheelbase, with an overall length of 4,695 mm, width of 1,890 mm and height of 1,340 mm.

The concept is equipped with a 3.3-litre turbo GDi engine, rated at approximately 370 horsepower, and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Butterfly doors – unlikely to make it into production – help give the car a futuristic look.

Inside, the seats are made of mesh and, depending on which angle they are seen from, they project different colours. A driver-oriented, high-tech interface is modeled after a cockpit.