Hyundai India confirmed the launch their flagship EV, Ioniq 5, in India. This comes following the decision of the company’s cousin brand Kia to launch their own flagship EV, the EV6 in the country.
The Ioniq 5 is expected to come to the country in the second half of 2022, and is expected to be assembled locally (in contrast to Kia’s approach of bringing the EV6 initially as a CBU).
Design of the Ioniq 5:
The Ioniq 5 gets a very eye catching design with sharp creases all around, giving the vehicle a very distinctive look. It gets pixelated rear lights and some very modern and sleek looking headlamps, as well as optional solar panels on the roof. Hyundai has used a blend of 80’s styling elements with modern design to create a definite head-turner.
Interior highlights include a swathing sunroof, a driver’s display integrated with the infotainment screen in a single unit, placed amidst an extremely next-gen interior space, along with an extravagant array of tech. Even the seats are completely modular, and can be moved in a multitude of ways to suit the passengers.
Ioniq 5 is built on the brand’s EV-specific platform, called the E-GMP (Electric-Global Modular Platform). This means that the vehicle will have a dedicated system built around the car’s drivetrain.
The car itself is available in 2 battery options: a long range version with a 72.6kWh pack and a standard version with a 58kWh pack. Running on an 800V architecture, 18 minutes of fast charging takes the car from 10 to 80% range. Hyundai claims in 5 minutes of charging time, the car can add 100km of range to its battery. The car even gets a vehicle-to-load function where the car’s battery can used to power appliances of up to 3.6kW.
The EV gets the option of 2WD and 4WD on both the battery models, with WLTP cycle electric ranges of 411km and 487km respectively. Performance figures include 225hp-350Nm for the 2WD and a net of 320hp-605Nm for the 4WD versions with a claimed 0-100kmph dash of 5.2s for the quickest model.
Safety features of the car include level 2 autonomous driving, 7 airbags and surround view monitor system.
When launched, the Ioniq 5 will be up against its soon-to-be-launched cousin, Kia EV6 and the Volvo XC40 Recharge with expected pricing to be around INR 35-40lacs.