Hyundai’s new electric era starts here. Yesterday marked the launch of Hyundai’s Ioniq sub-brand that will sell a new range of EVs built on a new dedicated platform starting with the Ioniq 5. The production Ioniq 5 features a daring design, impressive range and performance, and an innovative interior. The new Hyundai Ioniq 5 rides on the dedicated Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). This blends the traditional skateboard design with an elongated wheelbase for attractively styled and practical EVs.
At the front and rear, the rectangular pixel-like LED lights also evoke the show car unveiled at IAA nearly two years ago. As with other recent EVs, there are charging ports on both sides of the vehicle for extra convenience. That clamshell hood is a first for Hyundai and it’s as wide as the vehicle to cut down on panel gaps. The new Ioniq 5 is 4,635 millimetres (182.5 inches) long and a good chunk of its overall length is represented by the massive wheelbase, stretching at a generous 3,000 mm (118.1 in). The midsize SUV is 1,890 mm (74.4 in) wide and 1,605 mm (63.2 in) tall.
The Ioniq 5’s cabin is also one of the highlights of the new mid-size electric crossover. The theme here is ‘Living Space’, with the interior featuring a completely flat floor, and most of the touchpoints -including the seats, headliner, door trim, and armrest- using eco-friendly sustainably sourced materials. These materials came from recycled PET bottles, plant-based yarns, natural wool yarns, eco-processed leather, and bio paint with plant extracts. The dual-cockpit incorporates a 12-inch touch screen for the infotainment system and a customizable 12-inch digital gauge cluster. For the first time in a Hyundai, the Ioniq 5 also has an augmented reality head-up display. The display can also project information such as navigation onto the windshield.
Customers will get to pick from batteries with a capacity of 58 kWh or 72.6 kWh (77.4-kWh pack for the US). The base model has a single electric motor mounted at the back. It is joined by a beefier derivative with dual motors and an all-paw system. Regardless of configuration, all of them top out at 115 mph (185 km/h). The 72.6 kWh has a combined output of 301hp with AWD making it the range-topping version. It does 0-62 mph in 5.2 seconds and reaches a top speed of 115 mph. In addition, the AWD 58-kWh battery capacity version’s sprint time is reduced to 6.1 seconds. It takes only 18 minutes to charge the Ioniq 5 from 10 to 90% using the 350kw charger.