At the 2023 Canadian International Auto Show, Hyundai Canada showed off two electrified concept vehicles with the N Vision 74 and RN22e.
While these vehicle were previously announced last year. This marks the first Canadian auto show debut of the N Vision 74 and the North American unveiling of the RN22e.
“We are thrilled to have two incredibly exciting reveals for our return to the Canadian International Auto Show — it’s not often that Canada hosts a major reveal like that of the RN22e,” said Hyundai Canada president and CEO, Don Romano. “At Hyundai, we believe it’s important to have vehicles that suit every customer and every driver, including enthusiasts. N Vision 74 and RN22e push the limits of electrified high-performance cars, promising a future of sustainable driving fun.”
N Vision 74
The N Vision 74 is the company’s first high-performance rolling lab. Powering the vehicle is a battery-electric system and a hydrogen fuel cell system.
Hyundai says that both systems working in conjunction can provide greater cooling efficiency. The two power sources can be used individually depending on driving conditions.
If you’re thinking the design of the N Vision 74 looks a bit familiar, then you’re not wrong. The vehicle was bade on the Hyundai Pony Coupe concept from 1974, which was designed by Italian automotive designer Giorgetto Giugiaro.
After designing the Hyundai Pony Coupe concept Giorgetto Giugiaro would go on to design a number of vehicles including the infamous DMC DeLorean as featured in the Back To The Future series.
The Pony Coupe concept has also shaped Hyundai’s design language for their Ioniq EVs like the Ioniq 5.
While the N Vision 74 looks amazing, sadly it’s only a concept vehicle but some elements could make it’s way to future Hyundai N models.
Since the N Vision 74 is a pipedream at this point, something more realistic is the RN22e.
The RN22e is a concept vehicle from the Hyundai N. The concept is based on the upcoming Ioniq 6 EV but basically tuned for maximum performance.
“To show the future of N, we created two rolling labs simultaneously. These special vehicles were created specifically to experiment with motorsport technologies, bridging the gap between our race cars and production N models,” says Till Wartenberg, Hyundai Motor’s vice president of N Brand & Motorsport Sub-Division. “The RN22e represents our electrified high performance vision, previewing our driving experience and technologies of the next few years. The N Vision 74, on the other hand, raises the stakes much higher — it represents our high performance vision beyond electric cars.”
The RN22e concept retains the streamliner design but adds “motorsports-inspired details” such as lower ground clearance and emphasized shoulders.
“With this streamliner form, we’ve achieved a new level of aerodynamic efficiency. This is an entirely new typology in the EV space — a perfect marriage of clean powertrain technology and a shape that optimizes EV efficiency,” explains Hak Soo Ha, Hyundai Motor’s vice president of design. “With this shape, we’ve achieved the lowest drag coefficient of any Hyundai model ever built, not only optimizing efficiency, but also potential performance.”
The Hyundai N division is also working to develop new features such as N Sound+ and N e-shift that will replicate the experience of a gas-powered performance vehicle.
The RN22e will serve as a building block for Hyundai as they continue to develop EV N models.
This concept vehicle will mostly become the basis for an Ioniq 6 N model which will most likely be unveiled down the line.
Meanwhile the standard Ioniq 6 is set to go on sale in Canada later this year.
You can check out both the N Vision 74 and RN22e concept vehicles at the 2023 Canadian Auto Show in Toronto.
Source: Hyundai Canada