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Intrado – the future of mobility

Signifying a new direction for Hyundai, The Intrado concept car is our vision of how cars will meet future mobility needs. Far more than a styling exercise, Intrado demonstrates our belief that advanced vehicle technologies and intelligent design can combine to engage more effectively with driver and passengers.

Intrado is the result of a fresh look at passenger vehicles. Developed from the inside out, the interior is defined by a focus on usability and adaptability, with innovative materials and contrasting colours utilised to appeal to consumers with an active lifestyle. The exterior of Intrado presents a progressive interpretation of our signature design language, fluidic sculpture.

The result of close collaboration between Hyundai Motor’s design and engineering teams in Europe and Namyang, Korea, Intrado was styled at the Hyundai Design Centre Europe in Rüsselsheim, Germany – as indicated by its codename, ‘HED-9’ (Hyundai European Design-9).


Taking inspiration from aeronautical themes – Intrado allows the air to flow smoothly across its form, defining a more progressive interpretation of fluidic sculpture.

The overall shape of Intrado takes its form from the carbon fibre frame on which the car is based and hints at the technology beneath its skin. As a result the silhouette of Intrado is dynamic, with a sports car-like profile. The overall shape is simple, echoing the ethos of the whole vehicle – that only what is necessary should be included.

Exterior design

The exterior panels of Intrado have been finished in two colours: a warm grey with cool silver highlights to underscore its design inception; and Beaufort Orange, a bright and vibrant hue that highlights the efficiency and aerodynamic purpose of the body panel to which it is applied.

From the front, Intrado features a new interpretation of our signature Hyundai hexagonal grille. Smoothed frame lines, which give the vehicle a more fluid aesthetic, sit vertical and proud to the front nose to yield a three-dimensional shape. To further set Intrado apart from production vehicles, the horizontal grille bars are subtly twisted to create a play between light and shadow.

At the rear, a sharply-formed spoiler located below the rear window is included to reduce the pressure exerted by the air flow, otherwise known as static pressure (Cp).


The interior draws attention to the advanced materials and radical construction at the heart of Intrado. The resulting functional beauty and emotional experience is typically found on sporting equipment such as high-end mountain bikes or kitesurfing power kites.

The seals of opening panels shut directly against the central carbon frame, showcasing the carbon fibre whenever doors, hood or boot are opened. Components that are usually concealed are highlighted, including the ‘see-through’ air vents and exposed frame onto which the seats clip directly.

The traditional dashboard arrangement has been superseded by a minimalist approach. Located lower within the cabin, its function is to protect the driver and passenger from the carbon frame, rather than sitting higher to accommodate the technology and equipment usually found in a conventional car.

The instrument panel of Intrado, finished in a grey canvas material, appears to float across the top of the dashboard, giving occupants the feeling of an airy and spacious cabin. Intrado has three display units, again only communicating what is immediately useful to the driver. The centre screen displays the comfort data – heating and ventilation, and audio controls – while the driver’s screen displays navigation commands and the head-up display shows the vehicle’s speed, remaining range and other essential information.


The super-lightweight structure of Intrado is formed from a mixture of advanced materials, and demonstrates Hyundai’s desire to produce lighter, stronger cars that are even better to drive and simpler to repair.

The central carbon frame structure is constructed using new manufacturing and joining techniques that together have the potential to change the way cars are constructed. The strength and rigidity of this central structure also allow body panels to be constructed from any material, giving designers greater flexibility and aiding repairability. Lightweight steel impact structures further enhance crash performance and repair times.

Fuel Cell Technology

Intrado is driven by a next-generation hydrogen fuel cell powertrain that is smaller and more powerful, building on insights gained from more than a decade of research and development into the energy field. Thanks to the efficiency of the fuel cell system and its low weight, Intrado has a range of more than 600 kilometres, yet emits only water.

Intrado uses two high pressure hydrogen storage tanks capable of holding hydrogen pressurised to 700 bar. The first, smaller tank is found under the rear passenger bench with a second, larger tank located between the rear axles (under the trunk floor) for better weight distribution. Together, the two tanks can hold over 100 litres of hydrogen.

Intrado converts and stores the power of the hydrogen fuel thanks to a 36 kW lithium-ion battery – the most powerful ever fitted to a fuel cell electric vehicle. The battery has been repackaged compared to previous applications and is now located across the floorpan, under the front seat bench.