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Hyundai's New EV, IONIQ 5 Launches February 23, 2021!

Updated: Feb 20, 2021

It's the beginning of the new Era for Hyundai as it is preparing for the launch of the company's dedicated EV brand IONIQ's first model. It will soon be joined by the siblings Kia CV and Genesis GV60 later in 2021.


Hyundai has announced the world premiere date for the much anticipated IONIQ 5 EV, the first model of the newly created electric car only brand of the Korean automaker giant.

“The long wheelbase is translated to a new dimension of space. We designed this special space as a perfect place to recharge, your home away from home.”

IONIQ 5 is Hyundai’s first battery-electric vehicle or BEV model to utilize the Electric-Global Modular Platform or E-GMP. This BEV-dedicated platform houses a flat battery that enables a spacious and customizable interior, offering personalized mobility with flexible configurations to comfortably accommodate both passengers and cargo. Furnished with primarily eco-friendly materials and textiles, the interior design reflects consumers’ rising interest in personal transportation that supports well-being as well as demand for more ethical and sustainable products.

IONIQ 5's Skateboard-like E-GMP Platform Makes New Space Design Possilbe

The skateboard-like structure of the E-GMP allows for a flat bottom floor and long-wheelbase due to dual motor placement that eliminates driveshaft.

“The long wheelbase is translated to a new dimension of space. We designed this special space as a perfect place to recharge, your home away from home.” said SangYup Lee, Senior Vice President and Head of Hyundai Global Design Center. Hyundai call this a ‘Living Space’ inspired interior that opens a new dimension of design.

IONIQ 5 sets itself apart from other midsize crossovers, especially those with internal combustion engines and conventional Steer-by-Wire systems, because the E-GMP allows for an elongated wheelbase and flat floor.

IONIQ 5’s driver and passengers can freely enter and exit the cabin on either side when parked in a narrow spot, because the flat floor allows the center console to slide back and forth.

This resulted in a fundamental rethink of the conventional center console and to offer greater function than a static storage box. The newly developed ‘Universal Island’ replaces the center console and becomes the centerpiece of the IONIQ 5’s living space experience.

The driver and front passenger seats are equipped with leg rests that allow passengers to ‘relax and recharge’ while their vehicle is being recharged. All seats can be operated and repositioned, making it easier for adults in the front to care for children and pets seated in the rear.

Furthermore, Hyundai says that as an eco-friendly electric car brand, Ioniq’s aim was in reducing negative environmental impact while providing high-quality, eco-friendly interiors.

While developing IONIQ 5, Hyundai says that they put considerable thought into what consumers were looking for in a car. One of the clear demands was the need for more eco-conscious mobility solutions with lower environmental impact. The Hyundai designers addressed these concerns through IONIQ 5’s use of eco-friendly and sustainably sourced materials.

The seats are clad in an eco-processed leather that is dyed and treated with plant oil extractions from flaxseed. Other soft furnishings throughout the cabin consist of textiles derived from sustainable fibers such as sugar cane bio components, wool, and poly yarns, as well as material woven from fibers made from recycled P-E-T plastic bottles.

Surfaces such as the dashboard, witches, steering wheel, and door panels are coated in a polyurethane bio paint composed of oils from rapeseed flowers and corn.

Hyundai will debut IONIQ 5 during the virtual world premiere event on February 23, 2021. During the event, Hyundai will unveil further details about IONIQ 5’s innovative features and how customers can benefit from this dedicated B-E-V model.

Ioniq 5 is one of the first 3 E-GMP-based cars to be released in 2021. The other two being Kia CV and Genesis GV60. The trio of compact size SUV will feature a 65kW battery pack with an 800V charging architecture that allows for a 350kW fast charge that can charge to 80% of the maximum capacity in just 18 minutes. The maximum range is expected to be 310 miles or 500 km with the capability to attain 60 miles or 100 km of range in just 4 minutes. The Ioniq 5 is to be offered with a dual-motor all-wheel-drive setup with 313 hp on tap, allowing it to accelerate 0-60 mph in just 5.2-seconds. The estimated price of Ioniq 5 is $45,000. Expect it to arrive in North America in the second half of 2021.



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