The Ioniq 5 from Hyundai combines Retro 80’s style with Performance of the Future
After a long wait and showing us some truly enticing images in recent months, to arouse curiosity, Hyundai finally unveiled the Ioniq 5.
The new Ioniq 5 is the first electric car from IONIQ, Hyundai’s new Pure-Electric or EV brand. And the ‘5’ is going to be its very first model, a vehicle that will be one of the most influential electric cars in the industry.
It has truly broken the mould with its transgressive design and ultra-fast charging capabilities. Thanks to the onboard 800-volt electrical system and 350 kW fast-charging system.
Note that after the Porsche Taycan, the Ioniq 5 is the second electric on the market to pass a voltage of 800 Volts, double that of other vehicles on the market today, which allows it to accept charging power up to 220 kW at fast charging terminals, and thus shortens the total time to charge. This also explains Hyundai’s recent switch and rallying of the Ionity network in Europe.
With the Ioniq 5 EV, Hyundai also debuts the e-GMP platform, dedicated to electrification, and it adopts an innovative architecture with an 800V electric system, previously reserved for high performance.
The e-GMP platform for electrified vehicles from the Hyundai/Kia conglomerate will also be used for later models like the Ioniq 6 sedan and the large Ioniq 7 full-size SUV.
Exterior Design :
The Ioniq 5 is based on the Hyundai 45 Concept discussed so much and was first presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show back in 2019 and was inspired by the Hyundai Pony 45 from 1974 coincidently, the same year VW debuted the MK1 Golf. It is safe to say that this Ioniq 5 is the almost spitting portrait of the said concept, apart from the absence of some accessories such as those retro cameras.
The Ioniq 5 debuts a new design language, ‘Sensuous Sportiness’, and is very different from the Hyundai that we are used to. This unique design language features smooth surfaces and angled lines. Hyundai has risked the design of its new electric car and has gone for a bold design that is truly radical.
One of the most striking sections of the design is found on the front, with the ‘Kinetic Cube’ headlights whose rectangular light signature draws a very futuristic and distinguishable look. The front lacks a grill; however, the lower part of the bumper hides an active air intake, which is adaptive and opens or closes as per the cooling requirements.
The bonnet is also designed to minimise the distance between body panels, thus improving the overall aerodynamics. In pursuit of aerodynamic efficiency, details like the door handles that sit flush to the bodywork and a unique wheel design to enhance efficiency can also be noted.
The tail lamps follow the same line as the headlamps, drawing a pixelated light signature formed by a couple of rectangles on each side of the bodywork. Just below the red rectangles are the pixels of the flashers in orange.
All this, of course, makes use of LED technology. The tail lamps are joined by a piece of a black stripe of the same width that encompasses the entire tailgate. At the centre of this is the inscription of the ‘Ioniq 5’ badge, just above the Hyundai logo.
The Ioniq EV 5 will be fitted with 20-inch wheels, something that can be thrown off in images with the car’s proportions. As usual with electric vehicles, the car has short overhangs and a wheelbase of over 3 meters, which is frankly enormous in relation to the total length of the car. The Ioniq 5 is 4.64 meters long by 1.89 meters wide and 1.60 meters high.
Customers can choose from nine paint shades for the exterior, including five inspired by nature and some exclusive shades reserved for the Ioniq 5.
Interior Design :
The new Ioniq 5 aims to be an undoubtedly revolutionary electric car in many respects, such as design or technology, without leaving aside the interior. The Ioniq 5 interior feels airy, bright and incredibly spacious. It is a combination of the use of recycled materials combined with high tech technology.
However, the technology aspect cannot be dismissed with its Dual Cockpits setup consisting of a 12-inch fully customisable instrument cluster and an additional 12-inch central touchscreen. It also comes with a heads-up display system with “augmented reality functions”, which turns the windshield into a display with diverse information.
The interior has three colour options for the upholstery with the Seats, headlining, door pads, the floor and armrests; all use recycled PET bottles, vegetable-based yarns and natural wool yarns or eco-processed leather with plant extracts.
Some other stand-out features of the Ioniq 5 are the seats, reclining to a position designed to simulate weightlessness and its sliding centre console. This console can be moved 140 mm longitudinally and incorporates, in addition to the armrest and gaps to leave objects, cup holders for both rows of seats, a 15 W wireless charger for mobile phones and USB ports.
At the front, in the absence of a central tunnel and with the flat floor, it is possible to access the steering wheel from the passenger side easily. In the rear, passengers have a seat that can slide upto 20cm. This is enough to give a true feeling of space thanks to that enormous 3 meter wheelbase , equivalent to a full-size limousine.
And if the cabin has a lot of room for its passengers, the boot doesn’t disappoint either. The Ioniq 5 offers 531 litres of cargo volume, to which we must add another 57 litres of the front trunk (frunk) (in all-wheel-drive versions, the front compartment is 24 litres because of the second electric motor). The boot can be extended by moving the seats forward (up to 135 mm) or folding them partially or entirely.
Crucially, the E-GMP platform is at the very heart of it all. This platform, designed specifically for EV’s, allows for better optimising of the interior packaging, the drive components and the electrical systems.
Ioniq 5 Range & Performance :
The Ioniq 5 will be available with two battery options; a 58 kWh motor, with which you get a single-motor located on the rear axle (125 kW, 170 hp and 350 Nm) or two motors, one at the front and the second at the rear, with a total power of 173 kW (235 hp) for a torque of 605 Nm.
At the top of the range, we have the Ioniq 5 with an all-wheel-drive (AWD) and the 72.6 kWh battery, which has 306 hp of power and 605 Nm torque. This version will be the most powerful variant in the range and can achieve 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.2 seconds.
In all cases, regardless of its power, the maximum speed is limited to 185 km/h and has a towing capacity of 1,6 tonnes.
The longer-range Ioniq 5 combines the 72.6 kWh battery and just rear-wheel drive, which can achieve between 470-480 kilometres of range on the WLTP cycle.
With the Combo CCS socket, the charging rate climbs up to 220 kW. Thus, we go from 10% to 80% range in 18 minutes, and it only takes 5 minutes to add 100 km of range (WLTP cycle).
The cars system also supports 400 V charging, without additional components or adapters, as the motor and inverter can vary the power from 400 V to 800 V (or vice versa) depending on the load.
Hyundai and Kia are new members of the Ionity consortium and will connect to Ionity, Europe’s growing fast-charging network.
Other Notable Features of the Ioniq 5 EV :
On the Ioniq 5, there is no shortage of driving assistants. The Ioniq 5 comes equipped with the next generation of Hyundai SmartSense and is Hyundai’s first-ever model to offer the Highway Driving Assist 2 system. Other features include Front Collision Avoidance Wizard, The Blind Angle Assistant and the Intelligent Speed Limit Wizard.
The Ioniq 5 also offers a V2L (vehicle-to-load) function, which allows the user to charge any other electrical device (electric bikes, scooters, camping equipment, etc.), taking the battery power from the car itself. The Ioniq 5 can supply up to 3.6 kW of power with this two-way charging function.
The Ioniq 5 can also optionally be equipped with a sunroof that helps collect energy and transfer it to the battery pack, thus improving efficiency. The sunroof can prevent the battery from discharging hence providing an additional range.
The Ioniq 5 will go on sale from the first half of 2021. In short, already ahead of the competition regarding the range when compared to its current line up of Electric vehicles, Hyundai is giving itself new ways to get to the top of the onslaught of new EVs in the market. It remains to be seen if, with a starting price of around 41,000 euros, the “5” will appeal to a broader audience than the fans of the 1980s.