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The New Tesla! Is IONIQ 5 the New Benchmark?

Meet the most significant car to be released in 2021 and perhaps all of the 2020's. IONIQ 5 delivers everything that one can want in an electric car!


Hyundai launched the IONIQ 5 midsize SUV during a virtual world premiere event. As the first model in Hyundai’s new IONIQ brand dedicated to battery electric vehicles or BEV, IONIQ 5 attempts to set the benchmark to redefine the electric mobility lifestyle with sustainable and innovative features.

Many of its interior touchpoints — seats, headliner, door trim, floor, and armrest — use eco-friendly, sustainably sourced materials, such as recycled PET bottles, plant-based yarns, and natural wool yarns, eco-processed leather with plant-based extracts, and bio paint with plant extracts.

IONIQ 5 is built upon Hyundai Motor Group’s dedicated BEV architecture called Electric-Global Modular Platform or E-GMP, enabling it to have unique proportions on an elongated wheelbase. With E-GMP, IONIQ 5 offers innovative interior design with eco-friendly materials in many touchpoints, strong performance mated with ultra-fast charging and a Vehicle-to-Load or V2L function, which is like a portable power outlet that you can tag along on a camping trip, as well as advanced connectivity and driver assistance features that will offer the ultimate in-car experience while ensuring safety.

IONIQ 5 offers everything that an EV buyer would want in one package: Range, Fast-charging, Performance, Quality and Style

IONIQ 5’s sleek exterior design is based on the Hyundai 45 concept, which is a homage to the company's very first in-house-designed model called Pony, and features over 118 inches or 3,000-mm of wheelbase thanks to the flexible front and rear motor attributes of the dedicated electric platform.

The front of the car is equipped with a clamshell hood that minimizes panel gaps for optimal aerodynamics. The front bumper is defined by an eye-catching V-shape incorporating distinctive daytime running lights that provide a light signature unique to IONIQ 5. These small pixel-like clusters also appear at the rear of the vehicle.

On the sides, auto flush door handles provide clean surface styling and enhanced aerodynamic efficiency. The front and rear forms of the vehicle merge together at its doors, offering another example of what Hyundai calls, ‘Parametric Dynamics’ design first seen on the all-new Tucson. Aero-optimized wheels further echo the Parametric Pixel design theme and are offered in a super-sized 20-inch diameter, the largest rims ever fitted to a Hyundai E-V.

The ‘Living Space’ theme runs throughout the interior, most notably embodied by the Universal Island, a moveable center console that can slide back as much as 140 mm. Universal Island, along with the flat floor where the batteries are stored, allows more freedom of movement inside the vehicle.

IONIQ 5 is also equipped with electronically adjustable front seats. The seats recline to the optimum angle, offering a weightless feeling for the occupant. Hyundai reduced the thickness of the front seats by 30 percent, providing more space for those seated in the second row.

Many of its interior touchpoints — seats, headliner, door trim, floor, and armrest — use eco-friendly, sustainably sourced materials, such as recycled PET bottles, plant-based yarns, and natural wool yarns, eco-processed leather with plant-based extracts, and bio paint with plant extracts.

There are nine exterior colors, including five nature-inspired hues exclusive to IONIQ 5. However, only 7 of the colors are available for North America, with three interior color options out of 4 colors available in Korea.

There are two battery pack options, either 58 kWh or 77.4 kWh in North America, and two electric motor layouts, either with a rear motor only or with both front and rear motors.

Therefore, the IONIQ 5 can be had with either rear- or all-wheel drive. In the dual-motor all-wheel format, the 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 single-motor rear-wheel-drive model makes 215 horsepower and 258 pound-feet and is claimed to get to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds.

When equipped with a two-wheel drive and a 77.4-kWh battery, IONIQ 5’s maximum driving range on a single charge will be around 290 to 300 miles or 470 to 480 km, according to the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure or WLTP standard.

IONIQ 5’s E-GMP can support both 400V and 800V charging infrastructures. The platform offers 800V charging capability as standard, along with 400V charging, without the need for additional components or adapters.

Hyundai says that the multi-charging system is the world’s first patented technology that operates the motor and inverter to boost 400V to 800V for stable charging compatibility.

With a 350-kW charger, IONIQ 5 can charge from 10 percent to 80 percent in just 18 minutes. The Porsche Tay-can needs 22.5 minutes to do the same.

Also, it only requires five minutes of charging to get 62 miles or 100 km of range, according to WLTP.

IONIQ 5 also provides an innovative V2L function, which can be used to charge any electric devices, such as electric bicycles, scooters, or camping equipment, serving as a charger on wheels.

The V2L function can supply up to 3.6 kW of power. The V2L port is located under the second-row seats, and it can be activated when a vehicle is on. Another V2L port is located at the charging port on the vehicle exterior. Using a converter, one can charge high-power electric equipment. The outside port provides power even when the vehicle is turned off.

IONIQ 5’s wide, configurable, dual-cockpit features a 12-inch, full-touch infotainment screen and hoodless 12- inch digital gauge cluster that can be customized and features an Augmented Reality Head-Up Display, essentially turning the windshield into a display screen.

IONIQ 5 is also equipped with the next level of Hyundai SmartSense, an advanced driver assistance system that includes Highway Driving Assist 2 or HDA 2, which is level-2 self-driving autonomy similar to that of Tesla’s current Autopilot. Hyundai says that the full self-driving level-3 autonomy would be available by 2023 and can be updated via O-T-A or Over-The-Air software update system.

IONIQ 5 also features Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, Intelligent Speed Limit Assist, Driver Attention Warning, and High Beam Assist.

All in all, IONIQ 5 features myriad advanced technologies that offer longer range, and faster charging times than most of the competition, and even cars that are much more expensive like the Audi e-tron GT and Porsche Tay-can, at a much lower price point.

IONIQ 5 goes on sale in Korea at the end of February at the starting price of approximately $47,000. The North American release is expected for Q3 of 2021 at a slightly lower price of $45,000.



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