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Hyundai Heritage Series Pony First Look: The 1980s Hatch Remastered

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/13/2021 Greg Fink,Manufacturer
a car parked on the side of a road: Hyundai Pony Heritage Series 11 © Manufacturer Hyundai Pony Heritage Series 11

Grab a saddle, because Hyundai's got a Pony that's just begging for a ride. The company's Heritage Series Pony is a chic and contemporary take on its first foray into the automotive space. This Pony hatchback, though, is more than just a restomod with a modern electric heart—it's also a piece of art.

Yes, Heritage Series Pony is but one piece in a larger exhibition called "Reflections in Motion," which is currently on display within the walls of Hyundai Motor Studio Busan in South Korea. While the exhibit features multiple works, its limelight seems to shine brightest on the '80s-tastic Heritage Series Pony.

After all, what's not to love about this small electric hatchback that combines classic styling with trendy design details? Sure, the Hyundai notes the Heritage Series Pony's LED headlights "are a homage to the pixel and the [8-bit] graphics of the 1970s and [1980s]," but to our eyes, these lamps share a basic look with those of the upcoming Ioniq 5. The same goes for the taillights.

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Likewise, the digital gauge cluster uses Nixie tube-style graphics, not unlike those Kia uses in the radio display of its K5 sedan. In short, the Heritage Series Pony perfectly combines retro 1980s flairs with ultramodern decor.

Hyundai is mum on powertrain specifics for the Heritage Series Pony. All we know is this piece of rolling art relies on electricity for power. That said, we like to think Hyundai fit the Ioniq 5's approximately 300-hp powertrain and 73-kWh into this little Pony. If this is the case, too, then maybe Hyundai ought to consider renaming this project after an equine better associated with a true sense of urgency. May we suggest Secretariat?

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