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Hyundai Vision T Concept: First Look

  • The Hyundai Vision T is a plug-in hybrid crossover concept.

  • This concept uses Hyundai‘s evolving “Sensuous Sportiness” design language.

  • The Vision T is sized between the Tucson and the Sante Fe, meaning it could hint at an all-new model in Hyundai’s future.

Hyundai has brought an all-new concept vehicle to the Los Angeles Auto Show this year. It’s a plug-in hybrid SUV concept called the Vision T and it gives us a glimpse at what we can expect to see in the near future of the brand. The Korean brand is no stranger to hybrids or crossovers, but the brand currently doesn’t offer any plug-in hybrid SUVs in its lineup. The Vision T might just be a concept to show off an evolving design language, but it could also be our first look at an all-new production model.

What is it?

The Vision T concept could be classified as a compact SUV. We know its dimensions and its overall length falls between that of the compact Tucson and the midsize Santa Fe. It’s wider than both aforementioned crossovers, giving it a sporty stance. In addition, it’s an inch taller than the Sante Fe.

“We pursue innovative solutions in design and add emotional value to our product experience through sensuous sportiness design language,” said SangYup Lee, Senior Vice President and Head of Hyundai Global Design Center of the Vision T concept.

Sensuous Sportiness

Like any concept vehicle, aesthetics are at the forefront. The Vision T has a futuristic look to it that looks not quite like anything currently on the road. Its look conveys what Hyundai calls “Sensuous Sportiness.” We’re not exactly sure what that means, but it does look sporty, with plenty of crisp lines throughout the body and a sleek silhouette. The concept at the LA Auto Show is painted in a matte green color, which is a nod to its eco-friendliness as a plug-in hybrid.

The lighting and grille at the front of the Vision T is one of its most prominent aesthetic features and there’s also plenty of functionality to it. Not only does this cluster serve as the headlights for the SUV, but it has a series of panels that open and close in a prescribed sequence to optimize airflow and aerodynamics. When the crossover isn’t moving, all of the air shutters are closed, but as the car moves and its air-flow needs change, the grille gradually opens to deliver the air that it needs. This is an innovative grille design and we could see some version of it being used on future production models.

Can I Buy One?

We can’t say for sure whether we’ll ever see a production version of the Vision T, but it’s definitely a concept that we can see influencing future models. Whether that translates into an all-new model or revisions to existing models remains to be seen. The Vision T is all about edgy design and bringing innovative concepts to the table while keeping an electrified drivetrain at the forefront. Find a Hyundai for sale


Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy... Read More about Eric Brandt

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