This is the Hyundai HCD-16 Vision G Coupe Concept, and it previews the automaker’s future upmarket offerings. At an intimate gathering at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Hyundai offered us an early sneak peek of its Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance concept car, one that takes a deliberately scaled-back approach to premium, luxurious design.
Peter Schreyer, Hyundai-Kia design chief, says the Vision G reflects “a DNA that balances design and performance with the idea that you don’t need to be over the top in terms of glitz and stereotypical luxury cues.” The coupe sends a decidedly different message than the last luxury concept that came from Hyundai’s California Design center, the HCD-14. While that model was striking – albeit a little gaudy with suicide rear doors and oversized carbon-fiber wheels – the Vision G aims to be understated, despite its grand size and dramatic lines. The end result is an attractive package, with an alluring, sleek style.
The HCD-16’s design is characterized by a long hood, high beltline, and cabin that presents a “slingshot-like” appearance. Christopher Chapman, head of Hyundai’s US design center, says the styling is meant to speak to the owner, rather than “the spectators” that might see the car on the road. Hyundai says the idea of respectful luxury carries through to the interior, where elegant lines and finishes are meant to set the mood, rather than stand out as over-the-top elegance.
At the heart of the Vision G Coupe Concept is Hyundai’s 5.0-liter Tau V8 – the same engine found in the Equus and Genesis– with 420 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 383 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm. That said, the Vision G solely represents Hyundai’s upscale inspiration moving forward. It might seem like good inspiration for a next-generation Genesis Coupe, but that isn’t necessarily the case. One particularly neat feature is the “valet door,” that opens when the driver approaches, as if by a valet. Perhaps this is something that could work its way into the next-generation Equus as an upscale option?
The HCD-16 derives its nomenclature from the studio in which it was designed, with “HCD” being an acronym for Hyundai California Design, and the number 16 representing the 16th concept to come out of that center. While the Korean automaker’s US studio took the lead, Schreyer says, “The concept was designed with coordinated input from Hyundai design studios around the world.”
We’ll have more live impressions in the near future; the Vision G makes its way up to Monterey for this weekend’s Pebble Beach festivities.