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Hyundai launches new EV brand with Ioniq 5 unveiling

Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV hatchback

Hyundai has launched the first of three electric vehicles to be launched in the next four years as part of its newly-established Ioniq EV sub-brand – the Ioniq 5.

The new car is built on Hyundai’s dedicated battery electric vehicle (BEV) architecture called Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) and is available with 58 kWh or 72.6kWh drivetrain options and with a rear motor only or with both front and rear motors and all-wheel-drive.

The new model will arrive in Hyundai’s UK franchised dealership in the middle of this year.

Hyundai’s range-topping all-wheel drive (AWD) option produces a combined power output of 225kWh and 605 Nm of torque – enough to deliver five second acceleration to 60mph.

When equipped with two-wheel drive (2WD) and 72.6 kWh battery, Ioniq 5’s maximum driving range on a single charge will be around 300 miles, the brand said.

A side-view of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV hatchbackIoniq 5’s E-GMP offers 800-volt charging capability as standard, along with 400-volt 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 400-800 volts for stable charging compatibility, Hyundai said.

With a 350-kW charger, Ioniq 5 can charge from 10% to 80% in just 18 minutes and drivers only need to charge the vehicle for five minutes to get 60 miles of range, according to WLTP.

Ioniq 5 also provides a 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.

Ioniq 5’s exterior design is characterised by the Pony-inspired profile over a 3,000mm wheelbase. The front of the car is equipped with Hyundai’s first clamshell hood that minimizes panel gaps for optimal aerodynamics, while the front bumper is defined by a V-shape incorporating daytime running lights. These small pixel-like clusters also appear at the rear of the vehicle.

Inside Hyundai's forthcoming Ioniq 5 EV hatchbackOn the sides, auto flush door handles provide clean surface styling and enhanced aerodynamic efficiency.

Aero-optimized wheels are offered in a super-sized 20-inch diameter, the largest rims ever fitted to a Hyundai EV.

Inside, Ioniq 5 integrates advanced technologies for an enhanced digital user experience. The wide, configurable, dual cockpit features a 12-inch, full-touch infotainment screen and hoodless 12-inch digital gauge cluster.

For the first time in Hyundai, Ioniq 5 features an augmented reality head-up display, essentially turning the windshield into a display screen.

It is also equipped with the next level of Hyundai SmartSense, advanced driver assistance system. It 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 and High Beam Assist.

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