Hyundai has been spotted testing a prototype for a compact electric crossover SUV that’s expected to be launched in 2021.
The new EV was previewed at last year’s Frankfurt International Motor Show by the 45 concept, and judging by our spy shots the production version will closely mirror the show car. Of course, there have been a few changes made for production, such as the more conventional lights and the addition of side mirrors and door handles.
Hyundai called the concept the 45 because the reveal coincided with the 45th anniversary of the unveiling of the Pony Coupe concept, a Giugiaro design that went on to spawn a production Pony—the first Hyundai-badged car—a year later (the concept’s design was also characterized by a number of 45-degree angles). It’s likely the automaker will go with a different name for its upcoming electric SUV, with Pony even being a distinct possibility.