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Hyundai Launches IONIQ 5 midsized CUV

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Earlier today, Hyundai launched the IONIQ 5 midsized CUV, making it the first for the IONIQ brand which is dedicated to EVs.

With their E-GMP (platform), 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 (V2L) function as well as advanced connectivity and driver assistance features that will offer the ultimate in-car experience while ensuring safety.

From first look at the photos, the IONIQ 5 midsized CUV does not in any way, shape or form look like a Hyundai (or sister brand KIA). IF you just saw the photo, you’d think it was a VW, Golf to be more specific.

As per their announcement, they really have moved past their previous ways, and gone and explorer a new design with the freedom provided by their BEV platform.

The front of the car is equipped with Hyundai’s first 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 an unmistakable 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.

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 EV. These complete IONIQ 5’s perfected proportions, optimized for Hyundai’s E-GMP.

When it comes to interior, Hyundai like to refer to it as ‘Living Space’ which pretty much hints at taking the name when autonomous driving becomes a norm. As we mentioned in our last story the IONIQ 5 comes with a moveable center console that can slide back as much as 14cm. The center 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 (bio PET) yarns and natural wool yarns, eco-processed leather with plant-based extracts, and bio paint with plant extracts.

Customers can choose from nine exterior colors, including five nature-inspired hues exclusive to IONIQ 5. The interior has three color options.

A range of power electric systems to suit every customer

Hyundai IONIQ 5 charging

IONIQ 5 is available with a range of power electric configurations to fit the mobility needs of every customer. Customers can select from two battery pack options, either 58 kWh or 72.6 kWh, and two electric motor layouts, either with a rear motor only or with both front and rear motors. All variations provide outstanding range and deliver a top speed of 185 km/h.

At the top of the electric motor lineup is an all-wheel drive option paired with the 72.6-kWh battery, producing a combined power output of 225-kWh and 605 Nm of torque. This configuration can go from 0 km/h to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds.

When equipped with two-wheel drive and 72.6-kWh battery, IONIQ 5’s maximum driving range on a single charge will be around 470 to 480 km (WLTP).

Ultra-fast battery charging along with innovative Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) function

IONIQ 5’s E-GMP can support both 400-V and 800-V charging infrastructures. The platform offers 800-V charging capability as standard, along with 400-V charging, without the need for additional components or adapters. The multi-charging system is a world’s first patented technology that operates the motor and inverter to boost 400 V to 800 V for stable charging compatibility.

With a 350-kW charger, IONIQ 5 can charge from 10 percent to 80 percent in just 18 minutes. IONIQ 5 users only need to charge the vehicle for five minutes to get 100 km of range, according to WLTP.

IONIQ 5 also provides an innovative V2L function, which allows customers to freely use or 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, customers can charge high-power electric equipment. The outside port provides power even when the vehicle is turned off.

Innovative connectivity and driver assistance for safety and convenience

IONIQ 5 seamlessly integrates advanced technologies for an enhanced digital user experience. The wide dual cockpit features a 12-inch, full-touch infotainment screen and hoodless 12- inch digital gauge cluster that can be customized any way you want.

For the first time in Hyundai, IONIQ 5 features an Augmented Reality Head-Up Display, essentially turning the windshield into a display screen.

IONIQ 5 is also equipped with Hyundai SmartSense, advanced driver assistance system, ensuring the highest levels of safety and convenience on the road. IONIQ 5 is the first Hyundai model to offer Highway Driving Assist 2. Other driving assistance systems include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, Intelligent Speed Limit Assist, Driver Attention Warning, High Beam Assist, and more.

The IONIQ 5 midsized CUV will be available in selected regions starting in the first half of 2021. No idea when it will come to the region as no one from the Hyundai communications team answer their email!

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