Hyundai has showcased their future design philosophy in the form of Le Fil Rouge (HDC-1) that flaunts the Korean automaker’s new Sensuous Sportiness design theme that can be seen on many of their offerings including the Santa Fe, Kona Electric and Nexo. This design was first showcased at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show and is the first showcase in India.
This design language showcases a balance of natural and adaptive design language. Hyundai wants to retain those fine flowing natural lines and so they created this balanced design in “Le Fil Rouge”. It is a French adaptation and means “common thread”. This name has been used as Hyundai has pitched this gorgeous looking concept as the palette for its all future products irrespective of body structures. It includes sedans, hatchbacks, crossovers or full-blown SUVs.
Talking of the design, it is a low slung coupe layout with a minimal theme. The front fascia is dominated by a rather huge grille which Hyundai calls its “cascade” grille. The LED lighting is even embedded through the grille and gives it a futuristic appeal. The broader setup allows it to be swapped for any of the future Hyundais with radiator grilles or just a design element with attractive lighting in case of electric vehicles.
As we move behind, the hood is long and has two creases that have been designed along with the outline of the whole vehicle. It gives the concept a rather aggressive outlook. There are little or no lines running on the body, But the minimal setup manages to be loud without the use of too many components. The only line that flows along translates into a very bold and muscular shoulder line. The coupe-design is visible from its slanting roofline which seamlessly gets connected to the rear end. The dual-tone treatment highlights certain areas which would have otherwise gone unnoticed. The wheels are downright gorgeous and go very well with the overall setup. It consists of five chunky spokes which have a lot of scale-like chrome treatment on it. It flaunts the “Hyundai” logo at the centre.
The minimal design is carried forward onto the inside as well and consists of a unified digital instrument cluster cum infotainment setup which takes up the centre of its wood-inserted dashboard. The only drama in the interior is from the wooden inserts, otherwise, the Le Fil Rouge follows a very minimal layout to highlight the sense of interior space.
After its unveiling at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, many of its design cues were carried over in the eight-generation Sonata which made its debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show. The most notable feature is the coupe-like body style with minimal highlighting sloping lines. It was a steep turn from the last generation and it looks very appealing as well. We believe that Hyundai will utilize a lot of design cues from this concept.