When the Hyundai 45 concept car was revealed two years in the past, we have been impressed by the glossy, creased sheetmetal and ethereal inside. However we figured that no matter manufacturing automobile got here of the design would obtain main styling modifications to make it work. We have been fallacious. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 delivers on the appears to be like of the idea inside and outside with only a few modifications, and it is bolstered by the enticing E-GMP platform’s vary, options and powertrain format.

The skin of the Ioniq 5 is as placing because the idea, and we’re notably impressed that Hyundai introduced the boxy headlight and taillight remedies to market unchanged. The creases on the surface are intact, and so they work nice with the edgy, forward-leaning hatchback form. The reveal automobile options 20-inch wheels that do look smaller than the ideas, however retain the detailed, aerodynamic design. There does seem like extra physique cladding, which adopts little creased strains to assist it slot in with the outside’s theme. The automobile has additionally sprouted door handles, however they’re flush as to not distract from the form and to help aerodynamics. In some markets, the mirrors could be changed with low-drag cameras and OLED screens, however they will not be coming to America. On the subject of cool, inexperienced options, a photo voltaic roof is on the market like that on the Sonata Hybrid, which may cost the drive battery.

As for dimension, the Ioniq 5 is uncommon. It is practically 2 inches shorter in size than the Elantra sedan and about 2 inches taller than a Kona, however its 118.1-inch lengthy wheelbase is longer than the Palisade’s. In EV phrases, it is numerous dimensions align extra carefully to a Mustang Mach-E or Nissan Ariya than to a Nissan Leaf or the new Chevy Bolt EUV.

Inside, the sprint is as minimalist as that of the 45, and it now has a enjoyable magnetic panel which you could pin images, notes and such to with fridge magnets. The seats now look extra like what you’d discover in a automobile quite than a midcentury trendy dwelling, however we’re not too upset. Why? Effectively, the entrance seats not solely recline, however actually have a La-Z-Boy-like leg relaxation. The automobile adopts a moveable heart console that may enable for extra house below the sprint. The rear seats additionally slide fore and aft to offer both extra passenger room or cargo house. Twin 12-inch shows deal with devices and infotainment, and the head-up show will present augmented reality-style graphics and knowledge. In a video proven to the press, it really works equally to the Mercedes-Benz augmented digital camera system in that it may undertaking arrows that appear like they’re at an analogous depth as the road it is advisable flip onto.

Beneath the placing physique is Hyundai’s first implementation of the E-GMP platform. It may be outfitted with both a rear motor and rear-wheel drive or two motors and all-wheel drive. A normal 58-kWh battery or non-obligatory 72.6-kWh battery can provide energy. The only motor configuration makes 215 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, and the dual-motor setup makes 302 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque. Regardless of the an identical energy rankings, the massive 72.6-kWh battery variations speed up sooner than the small 58-kWh one. We have listed the powertrain combos and acceleration occasions beneath.

  • Single-motor 0-60 mph occasions
    • 72.6-kWh: 7.four seconds
    • 58-kWh: 8.5 seconds
  • Twin-motor 0-60 mph occasions
    • 72.6-kWh: 5.2 seconds
    • 58-kWh: 6.1 seconds

As for vary, Hyundai has solely given an estimate for the longest-range, rear-motor, big-battery configuration at 298 miles on the WLTP cycle. We’d anticipate the EPA vary to be a bit shorter. Primarily based on what we all know from the Kona Electric and its 64-kWh battery dimension and 258-mile vary, we’d anticipate the 58-kWh Ioniq 5 to have a variety between 200 and 250 miles.

Hyundai says the Ioniq 5 will go on sale someday within the first half of 2021 in “choose markets,” so it’ll most likely be launched for the 2022 mannequin 12 months. Pricing hasn’t been introduced, however that needs to be coming within the close to future. The Ioniq 5 will even be joined in the next year or two by the Ioniq 6 sedan, based on the Hyundai Prophecy concept, and the Ioniq 7 large SUV.

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