Hyundai unveiled its latest battery-powered electric car for the first time in Korea on Tuesday morning. The company resisted the temptation to start with a bombastic SUV like General Motors’ reborn GMC Hummer or a beautiful sedan like the Porsche Taycan, although both are in the works. Instead, the Ioniq brand will launch with this most sought-after car, the mid-size crossover. In this case, a sharp style crossover called the Ioniq 5, which will also be the first BEV to use Hyundai’s new E-GMP architecture.
The production Ioniq 5 looks remarkably similar to the concept car that preceded it, the 45. At first glance, it seems to direct the sleek look of the hot sunroofs of the late 1980s. But do not be deceived by the proportions; it is approximately the same size as Toyota’s best-selling RAV4 crossover. The large 20-inch wheels and short front and rear overhangs hide a 118-inch (3000 mm) wheelbase, which becomes an acre of interior space for occupants.
In addition to plenty of space and a flat floor, the interior has another surprise. The center console can slide, moving back up to 5.5 inches (140 mm). This allows the front passengers to leave the other side of the car, as well as providing rear passengers with access to the console’s storage, USB ports and wireless charging pad.
The front seats will tilt as needed, including the jump of a footrest, although apparently the driver’s seat will not do so while the car is in motion. And Hyundai says it has made these front seats 30 percent thinner than their normal seats to increase rear space. The rear seats also move back and forth, sliding forward 5.2 inches (135 mm) to increase load capacity.
As it becomes a trend, sustainable materials such as recycled PET bottles and natural fibers used in the interior are widely used.
Two batteries, two power units
We’re used to the new BEVs, which pack massive batteries, but the specifications of the Ioniq 5’s drivetrain speak to Hyundai’s trust when it comes to electrical efficiency engineering. There are two pack sizes – 58kWh or 77.4kWh (72.6kWh in regions other than the US). And there are two drive options: rear-wheel drive, with one engine 160kW (215hp), 350Nm (258lb-ft); or all-wheel drive, with a total output power of 173kW (231hp) with a battery with a smaller capacity or 225kW (301hp) with a larger package. Regardless of the package size, the AWD Ioniq 5 produces 605Nm (446lb-ft).
Therefore, performance should be fast, not breathtaking, with speeds of 100 km / h from 0 to 62 miles per hour varying between 5.2 seconds and 8.5 seconds depending on the configuration. Hyundai only gave us an estimate of the range of the RWD plus the 72.6kWh configuration, which it said should reach 470-480 km at 292-298 miles (WLTP test mode).
Like the aforementioned GMV and Porsche BEVs, the Ioniq 5 uses an 800V electrical architecture, which among other things means it is capable of extremely fast charging – 10 to 80 percent charge in just 18 minutes when connected to a 350kW DC charger. device. Four hundred volt DC chargers are more common, but some Ioniq 5’s smart technology means they can use them too – the motor handle and inverter double the voltage to satisfy the battery.
And while vehicle-to-network functions are not yet supported (neither by vehicles nor by the network), the Ioniq 5 has a vehicle to load, also known as the ability to operate as a remote AC power source at up to 3.6 kW , or through the external charging port, or the V2L port located under the rear seats.
Ioniq 5 goes into production this year, with deliveries to the United States set to begin in the fall. It will be followed by the Ioniq 6 sedan (based on the stunning Prophecy concept car) and then the Ioniq 7, a large electric SUV.
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