Hyundai has reimagined one of its hatchbacks from the past and given it a few tweaks to make it relevant in the future. Although, the project is in the concept stage and limited to one piece.
Hyundai has unveiled a one-off electric car that’s very much on the line of a resto-mod. Hyundai has used the Pony – the company’s first mass-produced and exported hatchback from 1975 to 1990 – as the base vehicle and has reimagined by inculcating modern design elements in it. And in the interesting aspect of this project is that the Korean carmaker has given a miss to the IC and has gone all-electric.
The one-off concept car is a part of Hyundai’s ‘Reflections in Motion’ exhibition, which commenced on April 8 and will end on June 27, 2021. The Heritage series Pony is on display at Hyundai’s Motorstudio in Busan, South Korea.
Let’s take a closer look
Hyundai has largely kept the styling and proportions of the concept similar to that of the Pony hatchback of the yesteryears and has added a few exterior bits that we’ve seen on Hyundai 45 EV concept. For instance, the headlamps and tail lamps feature a pixelate LED pattern similar to that of the Hyundai 45 EV. The wheels sport a machine finish and carry a more retro design than a futuristic one. The Heritage Pony gets its rearview mirrors mounted on the fenders; however, they aren’t mirrors but the housing for the rearview camera, which continuously streams the feed in the cabin.
The insides have been reimagined too. The dashboard houses a retro-modern instrument cluster, which uses bright colours and lights to show the battery life and velocity. The steering wheel gets a leather finish, which extends to the door cards as well. A leather strap has replaced a grab handle; however, the material on the door panels, which surrounds the speakers, is rather stylish. The cabin also features bucket seats.
The Hyundai Heritage Pony is likely to be a one-off concept for the rest of its life, and it's unlikely that the manufacturer will push the hatchback to be on the assembly line. Now, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV will be on the manufacturer’s priority list. In India, Hyundai has its Kona on sale, which retails for Rs 23.75 lakh (ex-showroom).