As pretty as it is promising, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 can compete with the Tesla Model Y

Hyundai has lifted the veil on a new 100% electric car, inaugurating its new Ioniq range. The Ioniq 5 is a compact SUV that has no shortage of arguments in its favor.

Hyundai has been selling 100% electric cars for several years now. But, in 2021, the manufacturer decided to take it to the next level. In a press release published on February 23, he presents the Ioniq 5, an SUV whose task is twofold: to be the first model of a whole new range (which takes the name of the electrified sedan from the catalog) and to introduce the E-GMP platform on which the future 100% electric Ioniq cars. This strategy is reminiscent of Volkswagen and its ID products.

We can already say that the Ioniq 5 does not lack allure. It takes the foundations laid by the concept 45, which paid homage to the 1974 Pony Coupé. The result is a car with a neo-retro look that will not go unnoticed in the streets, as it seems to make the link between past and future. At the back, we find the light signature that seems pixelated. Despite a long wheelbase of 3 meters, the Ioniq 5 does not seem too stretched. The 20-inch rims, standard, complete this desire to give character to the vehicle.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 // Source : Hyundai

A promising new platform at Hyundai

As specified in the introduction, the Ioniq 5 inaugurates the new E-GMP platform. The first performance indicators should therefore be carefully monitored, knowing that modularity will allow one or two engines to be integrated. Two battery capacities are considered for the Ioniq 5: 58 kWh or 72.6 kWh. In its most powerful version (four-wheel drive, 72.6 kWh battery), the SUV will offer a range of between 470 and 480 kilometers and will engulf 0 to 100 km / h in 5.2 seconds. These services place it at the level of the Tesla Model Y Grande Autonomie (505 kilometers, 5.1 seconds for 0 to 100 km / h).

Hyundai Ioniq 5 // Source : Hyundai

The battery is compatible with 400 and 800 V charging infrastructures, which will allow it to withstand very high peak loads. On a 350 kW Ionity terminal (the maximum power to date), the Ioniq 5 will recover 80% of its capacity in just 18 minutes. The SUV will also offer reverse charging functionality. We can therefore fill the battery of his electric bike by connecting it to the car, capable of providing a power of 3.6 kW. As an option, we can even equip the Ioniq 5 with a solar roof that can recharge – a little – the battery.

Performance update (0 to 100 km / h) :

A motor Two motors
Battery 58 kWh 8,5 s 6,11 s
Battery 72.6 kWh 7,4 s 5,2 s

Inside, Hyundai boasts the space of a large sedan (thank you for the 3-meter wheelbase) and its sleek interior in tune with the times – made up mainly of recycled materials. There are still two large screens of 12 inches each: one behind the wheel for the cockpit, another dedicated to infotainment. Also mentioned is ” a state-of-the-art head-up display with customizable augmented reality functions, the main function of which is to transform the windshield into a full-fledged display ».

Hyundai Ioniq 5 // Source : Hyundai

The Ioniq 5 is expected for the first half of this year. It will be followed by the Ioniq 6 – a sedan – and the Ioniq 7 – a large SUV.

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