The Mint Automotive Concept introduces the new typology of the premium city car as an accessory for our new urban lifestyles in the world’s most densely populated metropolises.
Genesis Motor, the luxury vehicle division of the South Korean vehicle manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group, revealed the Mint Concept at Hudson Yards New York, ahead of the opening of the 2019 New York International Auto Show (Fri, Apr 19, 2019 – Sun, Apr 28, 2019, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, United States).
The Mint Concept introduces the all-electric, luxury car for the city, a new vehicle typology, featuring organic design and an innovative interior user experience.
The Mint Concept represents a holistic collaboration among Genesis design studios located around the world, led by Genesis Global Advanced Design in Germany, Genesis Design Team in the U.S., and the Namyang Design Center in South Korea. Mint Concept’s high-density, battery-electric powertrain, which is capable of an estimated 200 miles per full charge and 350-KW fast recharging.
Finished in Hunter Green matte paint, the Mint Concept beautifully stretches a three-box design to the corners with extremely short front and rear overhangs.
In lieu of a conventional trunk with a rear hatch, the Mint Concept features a generous parcel shelf designed for occasional use. Access to the rear compartment is provided by scissor-style side openings engineered with a low load-in point to allow for easy stowage and retrieval. The rear-mounted and centered charge port facilitates connections to charging stations.
“The interior styling of the Mint Concept takes influence from the Korean tradition of embracing the empty space, as well as modern European furniture design,” said Luc Donckerwolke, Executive Vice President and Chief Design Officer of Hyundai Motor Group.
The G-Matrix pattern features prominently as the defining element of the interior, both in the thin, gunmetal balustrade that runs across the width of thepassenger compartment and in the repeating pattern for the floor and cargo area. The center console, which houses a central control knob, can be folded, turning the floating front bench into a settee. Ingress and egress are made easier, thanks to the automatic swiveling capability of the instrument panel and the bench seat.
The oblong steering wheel is surrounded by six copper Graphic User Interface (GUI) information screens that call attention to critical vehicle functions individually. A seventh screen mounted flush in the steering wheel displays primary vehicle information while allowing the driver to maintain focus on the road ahead.