Hyundai rotates the wheels of its Ioniq 5 90 degrees with its e-corner technology

Roll your car like a skull or spin it around itself, it’s possible. But what kind of thing is that?

What’s the point of stubbornly carving out a niche when your car is capable of crawling? Indeed, nothing could be easier to park than a car that is able to turn its wheels 90° to put them perpendicular to the road. This technology, worthy of science fiction films, Hyundai wants to apply it to its own models. Thus, the Korean manufacturer revealed at CES an Ioniq 5, its 100% electric SUV equipped with e-corner technology.

It was Hyundai’s Mobis division that developed this system, which not only allows the vehicle to roll diagonally, but also to perform a 360° rotation or turn around itself. This is not the first demonstration of this technology, Hyundai has revealed a first version in 2018. But it is undoubtedly the most successful version of the system. The video published by the Korean manufacturer also shows how fluid its technology is and how it can change the way the Ioniq 5 drives.

Do you need a diagonal road to drive diagonally?

But the most impressive thing about the e-Corner is not its most visible part. What makes the system quite amazing is that it does not require any customization of the car. In fact, Mobis engineers explain that they have installed their technology in a standard Ioniq 5. Therefore, it is not necessary to change the chassis of the vehicle, it simply replaces the front and rear axles, making them more versatile. Just as e-Corner is not exclusive to the Ioniq 5, the system can be adapted to multiple vehicles without requiring customization.

But what is e-Corner actually used for? At first glance, the need to drive diagonally in the car does not exist. Nevertheless, in urban use or to facilitate certain manoeuvres, the system can prove to be very useful. At least that’s what Hyundai thinks, which seems determined to market it. In fact, the manufacturer plans to integrate e-Corner into production vehicles from 2025. Logically, Kia vehicles (member of the same group) will be able to benefit from it after that, but Hyundai has already announced that it is ready to open up its technology to other manufacturers.

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