The New Hyundai IONIQ 5
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In fact what looks like a study is in reality a highly exciting electric car, ready to rock the roads.The Koreans are launching their model offensive with the new IONIQ 5, which relies on its own platform for the first time. The Hyundai IONIQ 5 is similar in size to Volkswagen's ID.4 and offers an 800-volt battery network that can charge the batteries from 20 to 80 percent in little more than 15 minutes.

With a range of close to 500 km and a top speed of 185 km/h, the latest Hyundai is completely suitable for everyday use.‍Optionally, the IONIQ 5 has a solar roof. The most modern Hyundai electric vehicle has conventional sockets where, for example, a computer can be connected and charged. In addition, electricity can be supplied to other electric vehicles.  

"The IONIQ 5 is the new definition of timeless; providing a common thread linking our past to the present and future."
SangYup Lee, Senior Vice President and Head of Hyundai Global Design Centre

Design and Sustainability

The IONIQ 5’s progressive design language drew inspiration from Hyundai’s ‘45’ EV concept, which debuted at 2019 International Motor Show Germany. Guided by Hyundai’s ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design identity, ‘45’ featured a monocoque-style body and a futuristic interior designed for electrification and autonomous technologies.

"The innovative design of the IONIQ 5 offers a completely new customer experience. It is reminiscent of our iconic Pony model, which established Hyundai's design DNA." says SangYup Lee, Senior Vice President and Head of Hyundai Global Design Centre.

Indeed, the IONIQ 5 is attracting a lot of attention globally. First photos provided glimpses of the distinctive design elements of the all-electric IONIQ 5. So-called "Parametric Pixels" bring together digital and analogue design components and reflect the timeless design of the Hyundai sub-brand. The pixel-like headlights and tail lights of the IONIQ 5 are also an expression of the vehicle's advanced digital technologies.

IONIQ 5’s unique exterior design is characterised by the Pony-inspired profile over a 3,000-mm wheelbase. This extended wheel base requires a more sophisticated approach to translate this new proportion into a contemporary EV typology. IONIQ 5’s 3,000-mm wheelbase, which is 100-mm longer than Hyundai’s flagship SUV Palisade, offers spaciousness of a large passenger car in a midsize CUV. The long wheelbase allowed Hyundai designers to apply a ‘Living Space’ theme to the interior, rather than a conventional car design theme.

The front of the car is equipped with Hyundai’s first clamshell hood that minimizes panel gaps for optimal aerodynamics. The front bumper is defined by an eye-catching V-shape incorporating distinctive daytime running lights (DRLs) that provide an unmistakable light signature unique to IONIQ 5. These small pixel-like clusters also appear at the rear of the vehicle.

The interior of the IONIQ 5 is made from environmentally friendly materials, underlining the Koreans' commitment to providing people with new, sustainable and advanced mobility solutions. IONIQ 5’s E-GMP can support both 400-V and 800-V charging infrastructures. The platform offers 800-V charging capability as standard, along with 400-V 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- V to 800- V for stable charging compatibility. With a 350-kW charger, IONIQ 5 can charge from 10 percent to 80percent in just 18 minutes. IONIQ 5 users only need to charge the vehicle for five minutes to get 100 km of range, according to WLTP.

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“A new mobility experience for the next generation—this was the mission from the first day we began this project, to look ahead towards the horizon, but stay fundamentally Hyundai,” said Sang Yup Lee, Senior Vice President and Head of Hyundai Global Design Center. “IONIQ 5 is the new definition of timeless, providing a common thread linking our past to the present and future.”

Under the IONIQ brand umbrella, Hyundai will successively launch other numerically named electric models in addition to the IONIQ 5 in the coming years. I really admire the bold move Hyundai is making with its new iconic IONIQ brand. This electric vehicle isa key differentiator in both its look but also several technical novelties such as the 800 V charging capability. I can’t wait to see this IONIQ 5 on our roads this summer.