Hyundai has unveiled the first member of its new Ioniq electric vehicle subbrand. the Ioniq 5 compact crossover. The 2022 Ioniq 5 is inspired by Hyundai’s 45 EV concept that debuted at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Compared to the current Ioniq hatchback, the Ioniq 5 features an angular design with lots of creases and sharp lines. The Ioniq 5 is based on Hyundai’s new Electric-Global Modular Platform. The platform features a flat battery floor, and steer-by-wire and drive-by-wire technologies. In terms of size, the Ioniq 5 slots in between the Tucson and Santa Fe, but its wheelbase is about 4 inches longer than the Palisade SUV.
The Ioniq 5 will be available in four versions, with either the Standard Range (58 kWh) or Long Range (77.4 kWh) battery capacity and rear- or all-wheel drive.
The Standard Range with two-wheel drive is powered by a 160-kilowatt motor that powers the rear wheels. It has 218 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque that gives it enough power to reach 0-60 mph in 8.5 seconds. The Standard Range all-wheel drive version gets a second electric motor for the front axle that increases the output to 235 hp and 446 lb-ft. of torque.
Globally there are two different battery options for the Ioniq 5 Long Range, in the US it gets a 77.4-kWh battery, while other markets get a slightly smaller 72.6-kWh battery pack. In Europe the smaller pack with 2WD has about a 300 mile range on the European WLTP testing cycle. The EPA’s testing is more stringent, so it will have a slightly shorter driving range in the US.
The Ioniq 5 Long Range AWD gets a more powerful front motor than the Standard Range AWD model, which gives it a total 306 hp and 446 lb-ft. of torque. This is the quickest version with a 0-60 mph time of 5.2 seconds.
Hyundai also says that the Ioniq 5 can tow over 3,500 pounds.
When it’s time to recharge the Ioniq 5, the Ioniq 5 can be charged at a DC Fast Charger at up to 350 kW, which means that it can be charged from 10% to 80% in only 18 minutes. If you only have 5 minutes to recharge, that will add 62 miles of range. The Ioniq 5 can be recharged on slower 240-volt and 110-volt outlets as well.
The Ioniq 5 also can be turned into a charger thanks to its new Vehicle-to-Load charging system. The V2L system means that you can plug other devices, like a computer or camping equipment into the Ioniq 5 to be recharged via the car’s battery. It has a total output of about 3.6 kW. The Ioniq 5 can also be equipped with a solar roof, that can add a small amount of energy back into the battery.
The Ioniq 5 features two trunks, one in the rear with 18.8 cubic feet of space with the seats up and a 0.85 cubic feet trunk in the front. Inside the interior has a reconfigurable “living space” them that features rear seats that can slide up to 5.3 inches and front seats with extendable leg rests. The motorized “universal island” console can also slide forward and backward to give passengers access to the 15-watt wireless phone charger and storage.
In front of the driver there’s a 12-inch digital instrument cluster that is mated with a 12-inch touchscreen infotainment display. The Ioniq 5 will also be the first Hyundai to get the brand’s new augmented reality head-up display.
On the safety front, the Ioniq 5 gets the next generation of Hyundai’s SmartSense driver-assistance systems, which includes the Highway Driving Assist 2. It adds lane-change assist, lane-centering assist and navigation-based adaptive cruise control.
The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 will arrive in the US this fall.