Hyundai debuted the new, all-electric Ioniq 5 today in South Korea, marking the beginning of its all-electric Ioniq subbrand.The Ioniq 5’s modern look is drawn in large part from the Hyundai 45 concept.The U.S.-market Ioniq 5 will make up to 300 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque and has a 77.4-kWh battery. It is slated to go on sale this fall, with other Ioniq models coming in 2022 and 2024.Hyundai has 23 global electric vehicles on the way between now and 2025, and today we are seeing the first of those: the Ioniq 5, a new electric compact crossover that made its debut in South Korea. The Ioniq 5 will be sold in both rear- and all-wheel-drive versions, sports a futuristic design, and comes with fast-charging capability thanks to one of the quickest systems in electric vehicles today.
The Ioniq 5 derives much of its design from the Hyundai 45 concept, including its overall shape with its sharp, angular lines running throughout, the pixelated taillights, and the unique daytime running lights. The Ioniq 5’s wheelbase, which stretches just over 118 inches, is longer than the Hyundai Palisade’s, but its overall length—just over 182 inches—is 14 inches shorter than that SUV. The Ioniq 5 is six inches longer than the Tucson but still two inches shorter in height. So its dimensions put it somewhere between a crossover and a hatchback, but not fitting perfectly into either category.
The Ioniq 5 rides on the Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) that will underpin forthcoming electric vehicles from both Hyundai and Kia. In the Ioniq 5, this platform gives the EV 77.4 kWh of usable battery, good for between 290 and 300 miles based on the WLTP rating system. Typically, U.S. EPA ranges are lower than those from the WLTP. For example, the Hyundai Kona Electric, which has a 64.0-kWh battery, sees a WLTP estimate of 301 miles while the EPA estimates range to be 258 miles.
Charging up that battery will take less time than many of the Ioniq 5’s competitors, with charging times similar to those of pricier EV entries including the Porsche Taycan and the new Audi e-tron GT. Like those sedans, the Ioniq 5 has an operating voltage of 800 volts, and when hooked up to a 350-kW charger, the Hyundai’s battery can go from 5 percent to 80 percent in 18 minutes. The Porsche Taycan needs 22.5 minutes to do the same.
The Ioniq 5 can be had with either rear- or all-wheel drive. In the all-wheel format, output will be 302 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque, with a claimed zero-to-60-mph time of 5.2 seconds, while the rear-wheel-drive model makes 215 horsepower and 258 pound-feet and is claimed to get to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds.
The Ioniq 5 also comes with Hyundai’s Highway Driver Assist 2 (HDA 2), a level-2 driver assist system and the first Hyundai to come with the second generation of the driver assist system. HDA 2 will allow the Ioniq 5 to drive on the highway with minimal driver intervention and can automatically change lanes by activating the turn signal. This system is similar to the capabilities of the Super Cruise system in Cadillacs—and soon, GM vehicles more broadly.
The interior of the Ioniq 5 matches the modern design of the exterior. The front seats recline and have footrests for use while the vehicle is charging. They and many other parts in the cabin are made from recycled plastics, wool, eco-processed leather, and other sustainable sources. The instrument cluster and the infotainment screen, both 12 inches, sit on a single panel that stretches from in front of the driver to the middle of the vehicle.
The head-up display in the Ioniq 5 is bolstered by augmented reality, meaning that information such as navigation can be projected onto the windshield in the line of sight of the driver. Although we’re unsure what this will exactly look like in the Ioniq 5, Hyundai announced an investment in WayRay, a startup integrating augmented reality into head-up displays, in 2018. The Ioniq 5 could be the realization of that investment.
Other tech in the Ioniq 5 includes a solar roof, a feature seen in the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, and what Hyundai calls a Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) function, a charging system that can provide up to 3.6 kilowatts of power; that’s enough to charge and power many household appliances, but not quite enough to power your whole house.
The Ioniq 5 is the first vehicle in a new all-electric lineup from Hyundai. The Ioniq 6, a sedan, and Ioniq 7, an SUV, are due in 2022 and 2024, respectively, and will expand the full-electric Ioniq lineup. The Ioniq 5 is slated to go on sale in the U.S. this fall.
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