Hyundai is coming to a new electric car – the Ioniq 5, its mid-range battery-powered crossover (a cross between a sedan and an SUV).
Now, the Korean car manufacturer, which is said to be a potential production partner of Apple, has taken a light look inside the car.
Hyundai’s new Ioniq 5 isn’t fully unveiled until Feb. 23, but it introduces a new feature called “Universal Island” that replaces the traditional, stationary center console between the driver and front passenger seats.
The Ioniq 5 Universal Island offers storage and cup holders, similar to a traditional console, but also slides back and forth, along with front seats, to allow the driver and passenger to enter or exit the vehicle from either side for any reason, including if the car was parked “in a tight spot,” Hyundai said in a press release.
The company also notes that the driver’s and front passenger’s seats have legrests that can be extended and “allow passengers to ‘relax and recharge’ while their vehicle is being charged.”
The Ioniq 5’s seats are upholstered in “eco-friendly leather,” while the rest of the interior features materials made from “sustainable fibers such as sugar cane biocomponents, wool and poly yarn, as well as fiber-woven material from recycled PET plastic bottles,” Hyundai said.
Hyundai has not revealed how much the Ioniq 5 will cost.
The vehicle will be Hyundai’s first electric vehicle to feature the company’s Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), which uses a flat electric battery and a long wheelbase to create a more spacious interior. The flat battery platform also means that the floor of the cabin is completely flat, which is what allows the “Universal Island” console to slide back and forth, according to Hyundai.