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Hyundai's Ioniq Concept Cabin Is the EV Living Room of the Future

Ioniq is now an EV brand, and its first product is a conceptual interior.

Kelly LinWriter

Hyundai recently announced it will relaunch "Ioniq"—currently the badge applied to a hatchback that offers gasoline-electric hybrid, plug-in, and electric powertrains—into its own EV brand. That vision includes rethinking what an electric vehicle should offer, not only in terms of driving range but also interior design. As such, Hyundai is showing its new Ioniq Concept Cabin, which previews future EV interiors and resembles your living room. We can expect to see some of its innovations reach reality within the next year, the company says.

Partnering with LG Electronics, Hyundai created an interior that incorporates TVs, cabin-cleaning robots, and plenty of room to relax. A 77-inch flexible organic LED screen is attached to the ceiling, and it's large enough two people can watch something different at the same time. Speakers in the headrests distribute sound to each occupant, creating a "personal sound zone." To keep the cabin germ-free, Hyundai added overhead UV LED lights and the aforementioned robot that cleans the floor. There's even enough room for "Clothing Care" and "[Shoe] Butler" stations. With these functions, occupants can get minor chores done while relaxing in the car.

Hyundai notes it will offer such experiences on the Ioniq 5, which launches in early 2021. This midsize crossover SUV is based on the slick 45 concept car Hyundai debuted at the 2019 Frankfurt show. Following the 5 will be the Ioniq 6 sedan in 2022; it takes inspiration from the Prophecy concept that debuted earlier this year. In 2024, we'll see a large SUV dubbed Ioniq 7. New Ioniq vehicles will sit on Hyundai's E-GMP platform designed specifically for EVs.