2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Kicks Off EV Lineup in Eye-Catching Style
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Hyundai today presented the new fully electric Ioniq 5 in South Korea, marking the start of its fully electric Ioniq brand.
The modern look of the Ioniq 5 is based in large part on the Hyundai 45 concept.
The US market Ioniq 5 will produce up to 300 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque and has a 77.4 kWh battery. It should go on sale in the fall, with more Ioniq models coming in 2022 and 2024.
Hyundai has 23 global electric vehicles on the way by 2025, and today we're seeing the first of them: the Ioniq 5, a new compact electric crossover that debuted in South Korea. The Ioniq 5 is sold in both rear and all-wheel drive versions, has a futuristic design and is quick to charge thanks to one of the fastest systems in electric vehicles today.
The Ioniq 5 derives much of its design from the Hyundai 45 concept, including its overall shape with consistently sharp, angular lines, the pixelated taillights and the unique daytime running lights. The Ioniq 5's wheelbase, which spans a little over 118 inches, is longer than that of the Hyundai Palisade, but its overall length - just over 182 inches - is 14 inches shorter than that of the SUV. The Ioniq 5 is six inches longer than the Tucson, but still two inches shorter in height. So because of its dimensions, it's somewhere between a crossover and a hatchback, but doesn't fit perfectly into either category.
The Ioniq 5 runs on the Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), which will support future electric vehicles from Hyundai and Kia. In the Ioniq 5, this platform offers the EV a usable battery of 77.4 kWh, which is between 290 and 300 miles long according to the WLTP rating system. Typically, the US EPA ranges are lower than those of 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 have a range of 258 miles.
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Charging the battery takes less time than many of the Ioniq 5's competitors. The charging times are similar to those of more expensive EV entries, including the Porsche Taycan and the new Audi e-tron GT. Like these sedans, the Ioniq 5 has an operating voltage of 800 volts, and when connected to a 350 kW charger, the Hyundai's battery can go from 5 to 80 percent in 18 minutes. The Porsche Taycan needs 22.5 minutes for this.
The Ioniq 5 is available with either rear or all-wheel drive. In the all-wheel drive format, the output is 302 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque between zero and 60 mph with a claimed time of 5.2 seconds, while the rear-wheel drive model delivers 215 horsepower and 258 pounds. Feet and is expected to get to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds.
The Ioniq 5 is also equipped with the Highway Driver Assist 2 (HDA 2) from Hyundai, a level 2 driver assistance system, and the first Hyundai with the second generation of the driver assistance system. With HDA 2, the Ioniq 5 can drive on the motorway with minimal intervention by the driver and automatically change lanes by activating the indicator. This system is similar to the functions of the Super Cruise system in Cadillacs - and soon also in GM vehicles.
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The interior of the Ioniq 5 corresponds to the modern design of the exterior. The front seats lean back and have footrests that can be used while charging. You and many other parts in the cabin are made from recycled plastics, wool, eco-friendly leather and other sustainable sources. The instrument cluster and infotainment screen, both 12 inches, sit on a single panel that extends from in front of the driver to the center of the vehicle.
The Ioniq 5's head-up display is supported by augmented reality so that information such as navigation can be projected onto the windshield within the driver's range of vision. While we're not sure what exactly this will look like in the Ioniq 5, in 2018 Hyundai announced an investment in WayRay, a startup that is integrating augmented reality into head-up displays. The Ioniq 5 could be the realization of this investment.
The other technologies of the Ioniq 5 include a solar roof that can generate up to 210 watts per hour, a function of the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and a function called Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) by Hyundai, a charging system that offers this function up to 3.6 kilowatts of power; That's enough to charge and power many home appliances, but not enough to power your entire home.
The Ioniq 5 is the first vehicle in a new all-electric range from Hyundai. The Ioniq 6, a sedan, and the Ioniq 7, an SUV, are due in 2022 and 2024 respectively and will expand the all-electric Ioniq range. The Ioniq 5 will go on sale in the US in the fall.
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