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This year, Hyundai will launch the Ioniq 5 EV in India

According to Hyundai, the Ioniq 5 has a maximum range of 481 kilometres and can sprint from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in 5.2 seconds.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is the first model under the brand’s Ioniq electric sub-brand, which was unveiled in February of this year. It’s based on a dedicated electric skateboard platform and is intended to lead Hyundai’s global electric vehicle assault.

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This year, Hyundai will launch the Ioniq 5 EV in India
This year, Hyundai will launch the Ioniq 5 EV in India

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 will be launched in India sometime this year, as we previously reported. It will be delivered as a CBU and marketed as a niche product. Here are five things you should know about the Ioniq 5 EV before it launches.

Exterior design of the Hyundai Ioniq 5

The Ioniq 5 was first shown as the 45 EV concept car at the 2019 Frankfurt motor show, and the final production model maintains the concept’s retro-inspired styling. It stands out from any other Hyundai model currently on the market, and it will be unique even within the Ioniq family, as Hyundai wants the Ioniq 5 and subsequent models in the Ioniq range to have as little family resemblance as possible.

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Exterior design of the Hyundai Ioniq 5
Exterior design of the Hyundai Ioniq 5

Crisp, clean lines, flat surfaces, and a typical SUV-like stance, but with highly raked windshields, define it. On the otherwise simple and uncomplicated design, the pixelated front and rear LED lights, as well as the flamboyant alloy wheels, stand out.

Interior and features of the Hyundai Ioniq 5

One of the most significant benefits of an electric skateboard platform is the ability to create a flexible and modular interior design. As a result, the Ioniq 5 has a flat floor, flexible seats that can slide and recline, and even a movable centre console that can move up to 140mm back and forth. The cabin is rather minimalistic, with plenty of open space, and it even uses sustainable materials for the seats and door upholstery, such as recycled plastic bottles and paperette.

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Interior and features of the Hyundai Ioniq 5
Interior and features of the Hyundai Ioniq 5

The instrument cluster and infotainment system feature Hyundai’s BlueLink connected-car suite, and a pair of 12-inch screens for the instrument cluster and infotainment system are the highlight in terms of gadgets and equipment. It also comes with an advanced head-up display with augmented reality capabilities, as well as advanced driver assistance features that use radar sensors, front-view cameras, and GPS data. It even has a digital display for the rear-view mirror.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5’s engine and platform

The Ioniq 5 comes with two different powertrain options around the world. The base model is equipped with a single motor that generates 169 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque and drives the rear wheels. The Ioniq 5 can sprint from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in 8.5 seconds in this configuration. A dual-motor, all-wheel-drive version with 306hp and 605Nm of peak torque is also available. This car can accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in 5.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 185 kilometres per hour.

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The Hyundai Ioniq 5's engine and platform
The Hyundai Ioniq 5’s engine and platform

It’s still unclear which of Hyundai’s powertrain options will be available in India. The Ioniq 5 is built on a dedicated electric platform known as the Electric-Global Modular Platform, as previously stated (E-GMP). Because the platform is so adaptable, it can accommodate a variety of body types.

Battery and charging in the Hyundai Ioniq 5

On the WLTP cycle, the Ioniq 5 comes with two battery packs: 72.6kWh and 58kWh, with the larger battery having a maximum range of 481km. On the WLTP cycle, the smaller battery promises a range of 385 kilometres. The Ioniq 5 is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations, with either battery pack.

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Battery and charging in the Hyundai Ioniq 5
Battery and charging in the Hyundai Ioniq 5

The Ioniq 5 also has an 800V battery, which has previously only been seen in the Porsche Taycan sportscar. This allows for ultra-quick charging, with the Ioniq 5 being able to charge its batteries from 10% to 80% in just 18 minutes using a 220kW DC charger.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 will be imported into India

The Ioniq 5 will arrive in the United States later this year as a fully imported model, which means it will be more expensive than the locally assembled Kona Electric. Hyundai is taking a top-down approach with its electric vehicle lineup in India, despite the fact that it will only find a small number of buyers. The Ioniq 5 will be positioned as the brand’s flagship EV, showcasing its electrification prowess. Hyundai will also launch a mass-market electric vehicle in 2024, with a price point that is much more affordable, and one that is specifically designed for India.

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We’ve already driven the Ioniq 5 on foreign roads, and you can see our in-depth video review here. You can also look forward to reading our detailed first-drive review of the Ioniq 5 in the upcoming January issue of Autocar India magazine.

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