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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 gets a cool movable center console

Hyundai has set February 23 for the debut of the 2022 Ioniq 5 via a virtual event. That didn’t stop the brand from dropping another teaser, though. We finally get a glimpse of the car’s interior and it looks like it’ll have some nifty features enabled by the E-GMP platform.

The biggest highlight is the sliding center console, which moves forward and back. There’s to be a deep storage bin in it and the gear selector appears to have been moved to the steering column next to the windshield wiper stalk. You also see extendible thigh support for the front seats, which should add more ways to get comfortable. Hyundai also retained the physical buttons and knobs for the climate and audio controls on the dash, which should keep things user-friendly. A dual-display layout similar to the one found in the Elantra will also be featured on the Hyundai Ioniq 5. However, both screens look like they’re under a single glass pane.

VIEW: See the new console area in action

Unlike conventional gas-powered cars, the Ioniq 5’s interior is configured to take advantage of the long wheelbase. The center console is separate from the dash, creating a flat floor. Eco-processed leather, upholstery derived from sugar cane, wool, yarn, and fabrics made from recycled materials will be used throughout the cabin.

In Europe, Hyundai will use a limited-edition Ioniq 5 model called the Project 45 to highlight the region’s importance for the brand’s EV strategy. Reserving one will get you an invitation to an Ioniq event and updates regarding the vehicle as it gets built. In certain regions, those who preorder an Ioniq 5 Project 45 Edition will get a free two-year subscription to Ionity, the largest EV charging network in Europe. In total, only 3,000 units of the Ioniq 5 Project 45 Edition will be made. Online reservations will be available in Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, the U.K., and France with deliveries starting this summer. The Ioniq 5 is expected to arrive in the U.S. during the latter half of 2021.

Written by Stefan Ogbac
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