Let’s say it once and for all: boxy cars from the eighties had awful aerodynamics, but boy, they looked fantastic. Hyundai proved the point (a somewhat subjective one, I’ll admit) with the unveiling of a new EV restomod concept based on the original Grandeur sedan. The restored car sports the same boxy design as the original 1986 model, enriched with design elements straight from the Ioniq 5, Hyundai’s futuristic-looking EV-crossover, such as the pixelated head and taillights. Designers also tweaked the grill, the exterior mirrors, and the wheels.
A large horizontal display extends over the dashboard inside the car, while a smaller vertical screen gives access to the old analog controls. The bronze ambient lighting is also a new touch that was missing from the original Grandeur. Hyundai says it’s inspired by vintage audio equipment.
The EV Grandeur is joining the 1975 Hyundai Pony EV concept, unveiled back in April. They are both part of the so-called Heritage Series, a collection of vintage electric restomods whose primary purpose is to help promote the carmaker's Ioniq lineup.