Hyundai concept features home comforts

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Hyundai has unveiled the Ioniq Concept Cabin, which the company says is its latest vision for the EV cabin of the future. It is designed around the idea that vehicles will move from being solely for transportation to personalized mobility solutions that suit various lifestyles.

The company said that it plans to leverage the abundant interior space and power supply capacity of EVs to integrate home electronics and appliances in its future Ioniq models, all customizable depending on customers’ needs and lifestyles.

The concept was made in partnership with LG Electronics and provides a hint of what’s possible in EV interiors. For example, the Clothing Care and Shoes Butler functions enable customers to handle mundane tasks on the go, while they enjoy media content on the ceiling-mounted 77in flexible OLED screen. The screen is large enough for two people to enjoy different content simultaneously. The sound is pumped through the speakers in the headrests, creating a personal sound zone. In addition, a floor-cleaning robot along with the overhead UV LED lights ensures the cabin is kept clean and disinfected.

Hyundai said it plans to offer similar features in the near future, starting with the Ioniq 5, an EV slated for launch early next year. “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 vice president and global chief marketing officer of Hyundai Motor Company. “Dedicated EVs will enable us to revolutionize the experience that Hyundai delivers to its customers, empowering them to do more in and out of the vehicles.”

Looking to its current range, Hyundai has also revamped the i30 hatch, specifically the sporty N model. Notably, despite a trend toward all-digital displays, it has retained an analog instrument cluster, which is augmented by elements such as an active, variable LED red zone to alert the driver to events such as warnings and when they are approaching the ideal gearshift point.

The i30 N will also be available with the option of the company’s N Light Seats, a set of lightweight, high-performance front seats. The monoform sport seats are 2.2kg lighter than the standard seats, and are made of premium leather and Alcantara materials.

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