The interior of future EVs will now be an 'in-car experience'.
Hyundai has been on a roll lately, producing stellar machinery like the top-selling Hyundai Palisade, impressive performance machines like the Veloster N, and committing to an all-electric future with a new-electric sub-brand dubbed Ioniq - not to be confused with the electrified compact car of the same name. But the Korean automaker simply isn't happy to merely occupy all spheres of the automotive sphere - it wants to dominate them. That's why the brand has unveiled the Ioniq Concept Cabin - a vision of what the future of in-car experiences may hold for luxury EVs.
The brand's future plans go beyond merely creating electric cars. By creating a new 'skateboard' EV platform called the Electronic Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), the architecture could free up enormous amounts of space within the cabin, allowing home electronics and appliances to be integrated into future Ioniq models. The concept interior, created in partnership with LG Electronics, shows what could be possible, such as a ceiling-mounted 77-inch OLED TV screen, mated to a sound system that creates 'personal sound zones' through headrest-integrated speakers.
It's not all about big screens though, Hyundai and LG claim that "Clothing Care" and "Shoes Butler" functionalities will handle the mundane tasks in life, while a floor-cleaning robot and UV LED lighting will ensure a clean, disinfected environment.
The new ideas will be rolled out into the Ioniq vehicle lineup, starting with next year's Ioniq 5 - a midsize crossover based on the Hyundai 45 concept. The larger technologies are likely to feature in full in the Ioniq 7 large SUV, expected to arrive in 2024.
"The Ioniq Concept Cabin is one of a kind and an unprecedented approach to enhancing customer experience as it can be customized for different needs and lifestyles," said Wonhong Cho, Executive VP and Global Chief Marketing Officer of Hyundai Motor Company. "Dedicated EVs will enable us to revolutionize the experience Hyundai delivers to its customers, empowering them to do more in and out of the vehicles."