Converting your vintage machine to electric motion is starting to gain steam. At least that’s how the trends looked at the recent SEMA show. Automakers themselves have turned toward older models to show off the versatility of EV powertrains, as with the Ford Eluminator shown at SEMA. Hyundai has even participated in the practice, electrifying a first-generation Pony that was shown earlier this year, and now the Korean automaker has transformed a Grandeur into a perfectly Cyberpunk restomod.
The Grandeur probably isn’t the first Hyundai to come mind when thinking of the brand, especially if you’re stateside. Rebranded Azera when it made its way to North America, the Grandeur launched at the top of Hyundai’s lineup, marking Hyundai’s first North American foray into the luxury-leaning end of the market.
Originally offered with either an inline-four or V6, for this EV-retrofit the internal combustion engine has been stripped out and an electric powertrain put in its place. Hyundai didn’t mention how many motors or what size battery feeds those motors, but we’re expecting the relevant components were probably derived from the company’s Ioniq EV.
The powertrain isn’t the only major update Hyundai threw at its vintage machine. This Grandeur restomod now sports a sleek, futuristic interior and LED exterior lighting. While the LED lighting might be the most obvious sign that this Grandeur is no longer stock, it does give it the feel of what people thought the future would be in the 1980s. The interior, on the other hand, is what people expect from the near future.
Spanning the dashboard is a massive digital gauge cluster and an infotainment screen that is flanked by a screen in the center stack that turns into an electric piano. If the massive screen wasn’t futurist enough, the interior also supports wild interior accent lighting and a creatively designed gear selector and center console.
We doubt that this awesome restomod will be more than just a design study for Hyundai’s team, but it would be interesting if the company looked more at its past for future styling. We’ve seen companies like Honda and Volkswagen do exactly that, which could help push Hyundai in that direction.
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