Concepts that Saab DNA is said to appear again and again in the automotive universe. Most of the time, the wish of the relatives lies only in the hope of their designer. Because Saab is still considered an iconic brand. More than ever, the longer it has been since it ended. With the Prophecy, Hyundai is pushing a concept vehicle into the spotlight, which is once again assumed to have Swedish DNA. In this case, maybe even true, and that's why I took a closer look at the Prophecy.
What distinguishes a Saab? A reduced design, concentration on the essentials, paired with long durability. Sixten Sason, the first Saab form designer, the word designer had not yet been invented, took this path. A Saab had shiny aerodynamics and a reduced design language in which it reproduced the shape of an airplane wing. This mantra was valid from the first Saab to the 9-3 I. And for over 50 years. The original Saab is still parked in the museum in Trollhättan, the Hyundai Prophecy could perhaps be its great-great-grandson.
Rims propeller design
Black, simple, taking up the shape of a wing. If cars were still being built in Trollhättan today, a concept vehicle from Saab would look something similar. But in the Stallbacka today, at most, uniform, self-propelled boxes are drawn. The field of beauty is left to others. Of course, putting a black car in a teardrop shape on its wheels isn't difficult. That alone does not make a Saab relationship. If you take a closer look, it becomes disturbing.
Rims in the propeller design suck in the air and let it slide along the body. The integrated rear spoiler made of acrylic, one could also say made of iced material, optimizes the aerodynamics. It loosens the shape of the streamline and, in addition to its function, is a defining design element into which the Koreans have integrated innovative pixel lamps. Propeller rims, aerodynamics, reduced design. At the latest when the Saab person enters the interior of the Hyundai Prophecy, he needs antihypertensive agents.
Joystick in the Saab and Prophecy
Joysticks instead of a steering wheel. Saab experimented 9000 times with a new steering system in which the joystick replaced the steering wheel we are used to. One experimental vehicle survived and is now in the collection in Sweden. The Hyundai concept vehicle takes up the idea again. The driver can navigate the fully electric Prophecy with just one or two sticks. The two joysticks are not only suitable for steering, they also make it possible to call up a wide range of additional functions. By eliminating the traditional steering wheel, the interior design is further reduced, making space for a wide display and plenty of space.
The passenger compartment bathes Hyundai in a calming, ice-blue light, which can be a coincidence. Or even intent. Because of course it is possible to choose any other desired color for the ambience.
Saab DNA or not? The Hyundai is close. Even disturbingly close in some details. Consciously or unconsciously, a tribute to Sixten Sason, who would have enjoyed it. All that's missing is the Saab design-defining hockey stick of the C-pillar. Then the Saab concept of the Koreans would be perfect.