Dynamic Grille to Cool Hyundai’s Concept Powertrain

Active grilles are nothing new except Hyundai’s Vision PHEV concept uses its version differently to existing systems.

Instead of opening and closing grille apertures to just improve aerodynamics at speed, the Vision SUV’s grille actively forces cooling air towards its electrified powertrain. While releasing a couple of teaser shots of the car to be unveiled at the 2019 AutoMobility LA show, the automaker also gives a few details about its ‘parametric’ air shutter grille.

In a statement it explained: “When stationary, the grille is closed and static. Once in motion, each individual cell of the grille design continues to move in a prescribed sequence, creating a truly dynamic forward demeanor. This dynamic character includes the functional effect of controlling airflow to the powertrain, optimizing aerodynamics and fuel efficiency.”

It says the parametric theme is repeated throughout the car’s design to play with light in all its angles.“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.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles


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