Hyundai Motor Company has released new images, revealing the spacious and versatile interior of the much-anticipated IONIQ 5, which will make its virtual world premiere on 23 February 2021.
IONIQ 5 is Hyundai’s first battery electric vehicle (BEV) model to utilise the Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). This BEV-dedicated platform houses a flat battery that enables a spacious and customisable interior, offering personalised mobility with flexible configurations to comfortably accommodate both passengers and cargo.
Furnished with primarily eco-friendly materials and textiles, the interior design reflects consumers’ rising interest in personal transportation that supports well-being as well as demand for more ethical and sustainable products.
“IONIQ 5 is a statement of design that offers an optimistic look at what customers can expect in the new EV era,” said SangYup Lee, Senior Vice President and Head of Hyundai Global Design Centre. “The long wheelbase is translated to a new dimension of space. We designed this special space as a perfect place to recharge, your home away from home.”
IONIQ 5 sets itself apart from other midsize SUVs, especially those with internal combustion engines and conventional steer-by-wire systems, because the E-GMP allows for an elongated wheelbase and flat floor.
IONIQ 5’s driver and passengers can freely enter and exit the cabin on either side when parked in a narrow spot, because the flat floor allows the centre console to slide back and forth. This resulted in a fundamental rethink of the conventional centre console and to offer greater function than a static storage box. The newly developed ‘Universal Island’ replaces the centre console and becomes the centrepiece of the IONIQ 5’s living space experience.
The driver and front passenger seats are equipped with leg rests that allow passengers to ‘relax and recharge’ while their vehicle is being recharged.
While developing IONIQ 5, Hyundai put considerable thought into what consumers were looking for in a car. One of the clear demands was the need for more eco-conscious mobility solutions with lower environmental impact. Designers addressed these concerns through IONIQ 5’s use of a range of eco-friendly and sustainably sourced materials, such as eco-processed leather that is dyed and treated with plant oil extracts, textiles derived from sustainable fibres as well as material woven from fibres made from recycled PET plastic bottles. Surfaces such as the dashboard, switches, steering wheel and door panels are coated in a polyurethane bio paint composed of oils from rape flowers and corn.