2021 Hyundai 45 to feature 450km range, 3000mm wheelbase – report

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Technical details of the upcoming Hyundai 45 electric vehicle have reportedly surfaced online, ahead of the car’s rumoured public debut in January 2021.

Above: Prototype Hyundai 45 testing near the Nurburgring (photo credit: CarAdvice)

According to a leaked slide obtained by online publication The Korean Car Blog from a recent Hyundai dealer conference, the new electric model – codenamed ‘NE’ – will measure in at 4635mm long, 1890mm wide and 1605mm tall, with a 3000mm wheelbase.

If those dimensions sound confusing, you’re not alone. Should the KCB report prove true, the 45 would slot between the mid-size Tucson and large Santa Fe for length and match the latter for width, yet be just 50mm taller than the city-sized Venue for height.

Its wheelbase would be unmatched by anything in the Hyundai range – a product of the lack of a combustion engine up front, allowing the wheels to be pushed to the corners – coming in at just 10mm shorter than that of the BMW 5 Series-rivalling Genesis G80 large sedan.

Above: Prototype Hyundai 45 testing near the Nurburgring (photo credit: CarAdvice)

Also detailed in the Korean Car Blog report is the 45’s powertrain lineup, set to consist of two variants.

Entry-level cars are said to feature a 58kWh lithium-ion battery delivering a range of 354km, while the flagship model ups the pack capacity to 73kWh for a longer 450km range.

The test cycle used to calculate those numbers isn’t stated, nor are any electric motor outputs or drivetrain layouts.

Under the skin, the 45 will ride on the Hyundai-Kia group’s ‘E-GMP’ modular EV architecture, which the online publication claims will allow the high-riding long-roof to boost from empty to 80 per cent charge in just 15 minutes.

Above and top: 45 EV Concept, revealed at the 2019 Frankfurt motor show

Prototypes spotted at Germany’s Nurburgring racetrack in recent days suggest the production 45 will stay true to the retro-inspired lines of the 45 EV Concept shown at the 2019 Frankfurt motor show, with a boxy, heavily-creased shape intended to hark back to Hyundai’s first mass-produced model, the 1975 Pony.

The concept’s interior will be toned down for production, though a full gamut of touchscreen and tech features are expected to fulfil the 45’s futuristic EV image.

The Hyundai 45 – its final production name has yet to be confirmed – is set to be revealed in January 2021, ahead of a European, Korean and US arrival in the first half of next year. It’s unclear whether the model will make the journey Down Under.

Above: the 45 EV Concept’s futuristic interior. Expect the production model’s cabin to be considerably toned down.


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