Hyundai Motor America unveiled its latest concept vehicle at the 2002 Chicago Auto Show (February 8 to 17). Called the HCD-7 and styled at the Hyundai California Design Center in Fountain Valley, Calif., the HCD-7 is flagship luxury sedan for Hyundai - a concept of what might be the next step up from the company's current XG350 sedan.
The HCD-7 is designed to show what the next generation of an advanced performance sedan might look like. It's the new look of luxury," said Roger Flores, senior designer at the Hyundai California Design Center who penned the initial drawings for the concept.
"The HCD-7 is luxurious, spacious and comfortable, but it is also sleek and sporty. Too often luxury sedans end up with traditional three-box formal styling and end up resembling boxed on wheels. But luxury car buyers today want both comfort and style," he added.
The sleek, aerodynamically designed exterior of the HCD-7 was inspired by an aircraft fuselage and features wraparound windshield glass that hides the A-pillars and pulls the "energy-tension" around the sides and to the rear of the fuselage.
"This, along with the clamshell roof design provides a sleek aerodynamic package and results in less wind noise in the cabin," Flores added.
Most luxury cars have an elegant grille and the HCD-7 has a bold grille that is the focal point of the front end, yet still retains a family resemblance to current Hyundai automobiles.
The jewel-like head-light assembly features upright projector beam lamps vertically stacked. The taillights are also vertically stacked and fitted into the bold rear fenders. The body envelope is designed to hug the large wheels and performance tires and reduce body overhang to a minimum.
This provides extra room inside for the driver and passengers.
The fender design with a hard cut character line gives the HCD-7 a strong, aggressive stance and provides room for the huge, armor-like billet aluminum wheels that are 21 inches in diameter and 10-inches wide. Fitted on those wheels are 245/45R-21 Michelin tires. "The wheels and tires frame the car and carry the fuselage. The big wheels are designed to look like armor to protect the fuselage," Flores added. The exterior surface is painted in a colour described as warm silver. "It is a colour befitting a luxury car, " Flores said.
"Inside, we carried on with the aircraft theme creating a luxurious interior that might be found on an executive jet aircraft," side Martin Frost a senior designer at the Hyundai California Design Center responsible for the interior design of the HCD-7. The occupants are treated to comfort and elegance. The dashboard is arched toward the driver and front seat passenger to reduce the reach to controls and the instrument panel is simple yet elegant - tailored after the most elegant, most readable watch faces. The door panels have been curved in a concave arc - similar to the fuselage of an executive jet to create a cocooned feeling for the driver and passengers.
"We used a unique B-pillar design to emphasize the structural integrity of the cabin," Frost explained. "The large brushed aluminum B-pillars provide extra strength, both visually and structurally."
- A four-door, front drive luxury sedan of the future
- Wheelbase: 2,830mm
- Overall length: 4,960mm
- Overall width: 1,848mm
- Overall height: 1,432mm
- Curb weight: TBA
- Engine: All-aluminum DOHC 32-valve V8
- Bore: 86.0mm
- Stroke: 96.8mm
- Displacement: 4,498cc
- Compression ratio: 10.0:1
- Horsepower: 270 @ 5,500 RPM
- Induction: Multi-port fuel injection
(Gas Direct Injection available outside U.S.)
- Transmission: Five-speed automatic with Shiftronic manual shift control
- Gear ratios
. 1st: 3.840:1
. 2nd: 2.140:1
. 3rd: 1.440:1
. 4th: 1.020:1
. 5th: 0.708:1
. Reverse: 3.497:1
- Wheels and Tires: 21 x 10-inch billet aluminum wheels with 245/45 R-21 Michelin tires
- Brakes: 4-wheel vented disc with ABS and electronic traction control
- Steering: Electronic power steering
- Suspension: Double wishbone front and rear with coil springs, adaptive electro hydraulic shock absorbers with
- automatic ride height control and anti-roll bar