A restomod variation of a first-generation Hyundai Pony fitted with an unspecified electric powertrain and ultra-modern head- and tail lights. It also has camera-based, fender-mounted exterior mirrors and nixie-tube instrumentation that’s both retro and futuristic and epitomizes the peak of 1970s style.
The project was led by Hyundai’s interior chief designer Hak Soo Ha. it’s not simply a retro design “inspired” by the 1970s, but the important thing: Hyundai took an actual first-generation car, disassembled it, and added the artistic touches and therefore the EV powertrain.
The Hyundai Pony Heritage EV isn’t just a testament to the creative spirit at Hyundai Design under the leadership of Luc Donckerwolke, it’s also an homage to Giorgio Giugiaro. Almost 47 years after its debut at the 1974 Turin auto show, it took just a couple of modifications to make the pony look cooler and more contemporary than ever. Hyundai has also cited the first Pony as an idea for the Ioniq 5 EV’s design.
The Pony was Hyundai’s first standalone car. it had been a compact model built on a comparatively conventional rear-wheel-drive platform. The two-door hatchback, which Hyundai used for this project, came a couple of years later, preserving the design of the four-door model. it had never been sold in North America. The second-generation Pony, a reskin of the first model, came to Canada, while Hyundai didn’t appear within the U.S. market until the third generation came along, which was called the Excel on our shores.
What are we to form the Heritage Pony? “Don’t read an excessive amount of it,” we are told by an insider: “It came out of nowhere, sort of a work of art.” which will be the case, but now we would like one.