Hyundai has showcased a futuristic SUV concept called the Vision T at the ongoing Los Angeles Auto Show 2019. This new concept actually previews the next-gen Tucson SUV that is expected to make its world debut later next year.
The Hyundai Vision T Plug-in Hybrid previews an ‘eco-focused’ SUV designed for dynamic driving, according to Hyundai. The machine is the seventh in a series of concept cars developed by Hyundai’s Design Centre to showcase its ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design language. Hyundai said the Vision T is intended to “be on the cutting edge of the most dynamic SUV designs”.
The Vision T SUV concept features a bold grille, with LED headlights are incorporated on the sides, a stretched bonnet and a coupe-style roofline. Measuring 4,610mm long, Hyundai says the SUV concept has a long wheelbase - 2,804mm - and short overhangs to maximise its dynamic character.
The grille features a Parametric Air Shutter concept, which means that it is closed and static when the Vision T is stationary. Once the SUV is in motion, individual grille cells move in a set sequence, which Hyundai says adds to the machine's “dynamic character”, while also controlling airflow to the hybrid powertrain to optimise aerodynamics and fuel efficiency. It also features a glass roof with a pattern embossed into it, along with a dark chrome Hyundai badge that glows green and red when illuminated.
Hyundai has not given any details of the Vision T’s plug-in hybrid powertrain. The charging port is located on the rear quarter panel, and a blue light illuminates when it is charging. A circular light cluster shows the charge level of the vehicle.
While this new concept will preview the next-gen Tucson, India is yet to get the mid-cycle update for the current-gen Tucson that went on sale globally long ago. The Korean brand is gearing up to bring new versions of its blockbuster Creta SUV, the Aura compact sedan (essentially the second-genetarion Xcent), the i20 hatchback and a heavily updated Verna to India, with all three models expected to hit Hyundai showrooms next year.