Update: Hyundai has released the first teasers showing the Ioniq 5. Refer to the design section to see them. The company has also announced that it has scheduled the world premiere in February.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is available to pre-order in Austria now. Hyundai has put 150 units of the Ioniq 5 First Edition up for grabs in the country, about half a year ahead of the Ioniq 5 launch there in June. In Norway, the company has listed the upcoming EV and plans to open pre-bookings soon.
Exterior & Interior design
The exterior design of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 has clear roots to the Hyundai 45 concept and gets crisp lines and angular surfaces. The concept’s sliding doors are replaced with swinging units. The front of the car gets what Hyundai calls a Kinetic Cube lamp design with Tetris-reminiscent headlamps, and is devoid of a large grille. The side profile shows sharply raked A- and B-pillars with a low-slung silhouette and short overhangs. The tail lamps again follow the cube design.
Hyundai mentions Parametric Pixels, a clamshell bonnet spanning the entire width of the car, “super-sized” 20-inch wheels – the largest wheels in a Hyundai EV so far – and pixel-inspired lights as some of the design highlights of the car.
The Ioniq 5 EV is possibly the most exciting electric car launch in recent times (besides the VW ID.4, VW ID.3, Skoda Enyaq and the ‘Chinese Rolls Royce’ Hongqi e-HS9) and introduces many new features, has the design and the space that will compel petrol-powered car buyers to shift to a zero-emissions vehicle, and isn’t looking to be an also-ran.
Being built on a dedicated electric platform, the ‘5’ benefits from a spacious interior, thanks to E-GMP (Electric Global Modular Platform). The dashboard gets a large digital screen that integrates both the instrument cluster and the infotainment system. The features list is expected to include several driver assistance technologies such as automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, rear traffic assist etc. Other features could include ambient lighting, heated seats, 360-degree view camera system, wireless charging for devices and Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity. Finally, Hyundai could be offering the Ioniq 5 with driving assistance systems that enable Level 3 autonomous driving.
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The Ioniq 5’s platform-mate from Genesis JW has been spotted with virtual mirrors and is reportedly getting wireless charging functionality. In the interest of cost and preserving novelty, Hyundai Motor Group may not launch the Ioniq 5 with the latter. Virtual mirrors, however, would be available, albeit as an option. Their availability would be subject to regulatory approval, though. While Europe allows automakers to offer them instead of conventional ORVMs, the USA does not.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 features compact rearview cameras and displays for the feed on the inside door panels. Virtual mirrors have multiple benefits over traditional mirrors. They improve the aerodynamics, make parking in tight spaces easier and provide a much better view of the rear than conventional mirrors in situations like direct sunlight.
Dimensions & platform
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV is inspired by the Hyundai Pony model (produced between 1975 and 1994) and is the first car to be built on the Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP platform, which is Hyundai’s equivalent of the Volkswagen MEB Platform. E-GMP is a new dedicated BEV platform that will form the basis for not only Hyundai electric cars but also Kia electric cars and Genesis electric cars.
South Korean portal Motorplex spotted the Ioniq 5 in Seoul last month and made a few observations. The site says the new wheel design is like a spider web. The tyres are size 255-45R-20 and use Michelin Pilot Sport4 SUV. The site also notes that looking closer the electric crossover is larger than perceived in photos.
The CUV has a length of 4,640 mm, a width of 1,890 mm and a height of 1,600 mm. The wheelbase is 3,000 mm, 100 mm more than the full-size Hyundai Palisade SUV. For comparison, the Hyundai Kona EV measures 4,180 mm/1,800 mm/1,570 mm. That makes the Ioniq 5 a long and low-slung design compared to the latter. This is possible because of the Ioniq 5 is based on a dedicated EV platform. Current Hyundai EVs like the Kona EV and Ioniq are based on modified ICE platforms.
Since the E-GMP cars feature a flat floor, customers can turn the cabin into a sort of living space with the help of AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality). Highly adjustable seats and a glove compartment designed as a drawer are unique to the Ioniq 5.
Range, Charging time & technology
With respect to the battery pack, two options are expected, 58 kWh and 73 kWh, offering a range of around 350 km and 450 km respectively which would put it ahead of Hyundai’s current electric vehicles Kona and Ioniq.
Hyundai had unveiled a 350 kW Hi-Charger in 2019 which charges up to 80% of the battery within 20 minutes. Presently two Hi-Chargers have been installed at Hyundai Motor Studio in South Korea, and the company plans to expand the business. With the combination of a high voltage system and the Hi-Charger, 100 km of range can be achieved with just a 5-minute charge. Additionally the Ioniq 5 features a solar roof which can add a few miles of travel if there is abundant sunlight. The electric car would have V2L function (Vehicle-to-Load) and can be used as an electric power source.
Europe’s biggest EV charging station firm IONITY has started giving 350 kW chargers along the highways and plans to expand to 400 fast-charging stations across 24 European countries. Hyundai is working with IONITY to invest in its network infrastructure.
|Hyundai Ioniq 5 specification||Value|
|Battery capacity (kWh)||TBD|
|Motor Power||230 kW (313 PS)|
|Acceleration (0-100 km/h)||5.2 seconds|
|Travel Range (km)||450 (WLTP)|
|Charging Peak Power||232 kW|
|Fast-Charging time (10-80% SoC)||18 minutes|
|Additional features||V2L (Vehicle-to-Load) function, flexible seating & solar roof|
|Launch date||June 2021 (Austria)|
|Competitors||VW ID.4 & Renault compact SUV on the CMF-EV|
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 should go on sale in S.Korea by March. ETNews.com has reported that Hyundai Mobis will operate an electric battery module and pack plant in Ulsan from March, responding to the demands of Hyundai’s new generation electric vehicles. Hyundai wants to grab an upper hand on the global EV market with production of the battery and the Battery Management System.
The precursor: Hyundai 45 EV concept
The Hyundai 45 concept presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2019 celebrated 45 years of the Hyundai Pony Coupe Concept and has an unmissable angular design. It features a distinctive lattice radiator grille, kinetic cube lamp design, hidden Camera Monitoring System (CMS) that utilizes cameras instead of conventional mirrors, sliding doors, lounge-style seats and minimalistic interiors.
The front seats of the concept rotate to face the passengers for better interaction and when the occupants open the door to enter or exit, the seats swivel for better ingress and egress. There is no single touchscreen infotainment system but a series of displays that are integrated into the dashboard. Look for many of these features in spirit on the production vehicle which will explore the upper limits of the company’s ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design language.
In August 2020, Hyundai announced a new EV brand called the ‘Ioniq’. The way the company converted its best luxury car – Genesis – into a standalone brand representing the same category (in 2015), it has converted its best eco-friendly car (Ioniq) into a sub-brand. The dedicated EV sub-brand will have three vehicles – Ioniq 5, Ioniq 6 & Ioniq 7.
The current Hyundai Ioniq electric car would not be part of the sub-brand and it anyway is set to be replaced by the Prophecy-based vehicle, which we now know as the Ioniq 6, in 2022. Hyundai will use odd numbers to designate crossover-SUVs and even numbers for others.
Pony-inspired Hyundai Ioniq 5 – No news on India
The launch of the Ioniq 5 in India could give Hyundai Kona owners a chance to upgrade to a more advanced model, but the launch boils down to the quantum of demand for an electric vehicle around Rs. 35 lakh.
Hyundai is betting on the EV market of India preparing a dedicated low-cost electric vehicle series under the ‘Smart EV’ project. The first ‘affordable’ electric vehicle from this program will appear in 2022 as a micro SUV to challenge the Tata HBX EV, Citroen eCC21 and the Mahindra eKUV100. A near-production concept is expected at the Auto Expo 2022, and the company is also expected to have plans to export the budget vehicle to emerging markets.