Update: A report on autonews.com says that dealer training and facility plans for the Hyundai Ioniq sub-brand (that starts with the Hyundai Ioniq 5) in the United States are being rolled out now (Spring). Hyundai National Dealer Council Chairman and Alexandria Hyundai (Virginia) President/Owner Kevin Reilly, who spoke to AutoNews, expects the Ioniq 5 and other upcoming Ioniq EV models to appeal to a “wider audience” in the U.S. market.
Nearly two months after the world debut of the Ioniq 5 on February 23, Hyundai Motor Company, in its Q1 2021 investor presentation on April 22, outlined the plan to launch the electric crossover in the United States in the second half of 2021. We reckon that deliveries in the USA should commence by the first quarter of 2022 (January-March 2022). The company revealed that it has received 41,779 pre-orders for the Ioniq 5, which is a solid start for Hyundai’s first dedicated BEV.
Video Source: youtube.com/Hyundai España
The US-bound Hyundai Ioniq 5 is the symbol of a new era for Hyundai Motor Group, as it is the group company’s first electric car developed from the ground up. This story is a deep dive into the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the sections in the second half of the story track its journey to showrooms.
Hyundai Ioniq 5 design
The Hyundai Ioniq 5’s funky yet hi-tech design truly speaks the future is here. The neo-retro EV takes cues from the Hyundai Pony classic car and has been designed around the new “timeless” design philosophy. Clamshell hood, Parametric Pixel lights, the diamond-shaped greenhouse, clean and sharp lines, and super-sized wheels are some of the exterior design highlights.
The low-profile, minimalist, and futuristic design continues inside. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 interior incorporates the ‘Living Space’ theme. The dashboard and center console occupy visibly less space than similar ICE-powered traditional crossovers. Many elements are made from eco-friendly, sustainably sourced materials, such as plant-based (bio PET) yarns and natural wool yarns, recycled PET bottles, bio paint with plant extracts, and eco-processed leather with plant-based extracts. The large windows and panoramic sunroof, along with the available light-tone upholstery, ensure that the driver and passengers get a lot of natural light and feel fresh.
In February, Instagram user xxkwanixx shared two videos of a top-end Hyundai Ioniq 5 without any disguise on the roads of South Korea. The prototype featured virtual mirrors that have been confirmed for the company’s domestic market but not the US, Canada, and Europe. The videos showed the electric crossover’s turn signals working at the front, on the sides (in the virtual mirrors), and at the rear. One of them revealed that the Ioniq 5 has thin rear lights on the bumper.
Hyundai Ioniq 5 colors
|Gravity Gold Matte||Obsidian Black and Dark Pebble Gray/Dove Gray|
|Shooting-Star Gray Matte||Dark Teal/Dove Gray|
|Digital Teal-Green Pearl||Terra Brown/Mud Gray (South Korea-only)|
|Lucid Blue Pearl|
|Cyber Gray Metallic|
|Phantom Black Pearl|
|Gray Metallic (not available in the USA and Canada)|
|Mystic Olive-Green Pearl (not available in the USA and Canada)|
Naver blog user soonjung8116 posted photographs of multiple Hyundai Ioniq 5 prototypes undergoing testing in South Korea. The vehicles bear no camouflage and show the different Hyundai Ioniq 5 colors in daylight. The images in the gallery show the electric crossover in Phantom Black Pearl, Atlas White, Shooting-Star Gray Matte, Galactic Gray Metallic, and Digital Teal-Green Pearl colors.
In March, YouTuber CarSceneKorea uploaded a video of the US-spec Hyundai Ioniq 5 charging and later driving on the highway. Take a look below:
Video Source: youtube.com/CarSceneKorea
The US-spec version has a marker inside the headlamps. Another difference we spot is the tail lamps blinking completely as turn indicators. The Euro-spec Hyundai Ioniq 5 has a separate turn indicator inside the tail lamps, as shown in the official video below. There could be more subtle visual changes on the US-spec Hyundai Ioniq 5. Previously, we had pointed out how the US version gets a bigger battery pack as well, which you can find in the specs section.
Hyundai Ioniq 5 features
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 features pixel-inspired futuristic LED headlights and rear lights, 20-inch alloy wheels – the largest wheels ever fitted to a Hyundai EV, auto flush door handles, and solar roof. In South Korea, Hyundai will even offer camera-based virtual mirrors, which improve aerodynamics, provide a clearer view of the rear, and reduce blind spots. The Ioniq 5 is the first Hyundai model to feature digital side mirrors, the feed of which is displayed on dedicated screens located on the corners of the dashboard.
Inside, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 has features like a dual-cockpit comprising a 12-inch virtual instrument cluster and a 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system, an Augmented Reality Head-Up Display (AR HUD), and a Universal Island moveable console (140-mm/5.5-inch rear-sliding floor console). The infotainment system of the Ioniq 5 integrates a new design theme not seen on any Hyundai model so far – Jong-e.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is the brand’s first EV to offer a Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) function that allows charging other EVs and using high-power electric equipment using the energy stored in the battery pack. 3.6 kW of power can be supplied using this function, enough to power home appliances and electronic devices during camping or power-cuts, or charge another EV stuck at a remote place with an empty battery pack.
Video Source: youtube.com/Hyundai España
Like Tesla EVs, it is possible to plug and charge the Hyundai Ioniq 5. When the charger is connected, the authentication and payment take place automatically, and the charging starts.
Hyundai Ioniq 5 specs
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 measures 4,635 mm/182.5 inches in length, 1,890 mm/74.4 inches in width, and 1,605 mm/63.2 inches in height. It has an exceptionally long wheelbase of 3,000 mm/118.1 inches – 100 mm/3.9 inches longer than the Hyundai Palisade. The towing capacity of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is 1,600 kg, which is better than that of even the top-end Hyundai Santa Fe.
531 liters (18.8 cu. ft.) of cargo space is available behind rear seats, and on folding the second-row seats, 1,591 liters (56.2 ct. ft.) of cargo space becomes available. There’s a front trunk or frunk as well, although the cargo space available in it varies for the US-spec and global versions. The US-spec version offers 24 liters (0.8 cu. ft.) of storage space regardless of the drivetrain layout. In contrast, in the global version, the same measurement is 57 liters (2.0 cu. ft.) for the 2WD configurations and 24 liters (0.8 cu. ft.) for the AWD configurations.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is the first model built on Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP platform. The E-GMP platform can support both 400-volt and 800-volt charging infrastructures. No additional components are required to use either of the charging infrastructures. The higher-voltage charging capability is standard, and with a 350 kW charger, it takes just 18 minutes to charge the Hyundai Ioniq 5 from 10% to 80%. Drivers can achieve a 100 km (62 km) range (WLTP) with only five minutes of charging.
58.0 kWh and 72.6 kWh are the battery pack options for the global Hyundai Ioniq 5, while the US-spec Hyundai Ioniq 5 gets 58.0 kWh and 77.4 kWh battery pack options. Irrespective of the battery variant, an AWD drivetrain layout is optional. The basic configurations have a single motor at the rear, while the higher-end configurations use two motors, one at the front and one at the rear. Hyundai expects the maximum WLTP range to be around 470-480 km (292-298 miles).
|Aspect\Specifications||Standard Range 2WD||Standard Range AWD||Long Range 2WD||Long Range AWD|
|Battery Pack Capacity||58.0 kWh||58.0 kWh||72.6 kWh||72.6 kWh (global)/77.4 kWh (USA & Canada)|
|Motor(s)||Rear||Front & rear||Rear||Front & rear|
|Power||125 kW||173 kW||160 kW||225 kW|
|Torque||350 Nm (258 Lb.-Ft.)||605 Nm (446 Lb.-Ft.)||350 Nm (258 Lb.-Ft.)||605 Nm (446 Lb.-Ft.)|
|Acceleration (0-100 km/h/0-62 mph)||8.5 seconds||6.1 seconds||7.4 seconds||5.2 seconds|
|Top Speed||185 km/h (115 mph)||185 km/h (115 mph)||185 km/h (115 mph)||185 km/h (115 mph)|
|Range (WLTP)||NA||NA||470-480 km (292-298 miles)||NA|
A video on YouTube channel Generation – E shows a Hyundai Ioniq 5 specified with the optional solar roof plugged into an Ionity fast-charger in Germany. It shows the crossover’s battery pack charging up to 80% capacity by consuming 42 kWh in 16 minutes. Even after reaching 80% SoC, it was charging at 149 kW, which is quite impressive. The charger was operating at around 750 volts at this point.
Video Source: youtube.com/Generation – E
There were not one, but two units of the Ioniq 5 at the charging station, driven by Hyundai test drivers, and the charging power was 220 kW at one point. Hyundai hasn’t disclosed the exact peak charging power of the Ioniq 5 but has said that charging from 10% to 80% takes just 18 minutes using a 350 kW fast-charger.
E-pit charging stations
Hyundai Motor Group leverages Electrify America and Ionity EV charging networks in US and European markets, respectively. In South Korea, it is building an in-house charging network under the new E-pit brand. Like Tesla Superchargers, E-pit chargers offer the plug & charge function. In addition, they are sheltered in a futuristic charging station made of a canopy structure featuring a minimalist design.
HMG plans to open E-pit charging stations with a total of 72 chargers at 12 highway rest areas in mid-April, and then 8 more E-pit charging stations, with 48 chargers, in cities. It will be possible to achieve a range of about 100 km or 62 miles with a 5-minute charging at the E-pit charging stations.
Ioniq Membership program
Hyundai will launch a new ‘Ioniq The Unique’ (stylized as IONIQ D Unique) membership for customers in South Korea. The membership will provide them access to nine specialized services in four categories: Charging, Car Care, Leisure, and Lifestyle and Culture.
In the Charging category, the services available for Hyundai Ioniq 5 customers will be 7 kW or 11 kW home charger and public charging prepaid card worth KRW 300,000 (USD 265.73). The available services will be a car wash pass, customized premium car wash pass, and film-wrapping for scratch protection in the Car Care category.
In the Leisure category, Ioniq 5 customers will benefit from camping accommodation vouchers and car camping equipment, and meal kit services. The fourth category, Lifestyle and Culture, services are tailored as per the customer’s personality, and these will be annual streaming services and subscriptions to things like coffee, wine, eco-friendly kits, etc.
Hyundai Ioniq 5 customers can apply for the Ioniq The Unique membership after signing up for Blue Members through the My Hyundai application.
Korea JoongAng Daily reported that Hyundai had reduced its monthly production target for April from 10,000 units to just 2,600 units as Hyundai Mobis hasn’t produced enough electric motors for the new EV. Only time will tell if Hyundai achieves its global sales target of 70,000 for the Ioniq 5 this year, and though there’s plenty of demand, production issues would delay deliveries. In 2022, the company plans to ship 100,000 Ioniq 5 electric crossovers from the Korean factory, gathering from other reports.
Hyundai Ioniq 5 pre-orders in South Korea began the very next day after the unveiling, on February 25. On the first day, 23,760 were reserved, breaking all previous opening day records for Hyundai cars in the country. On March 4, Chosun Biz reported that pre-bookings had reached 35,000 and that it exceeds the Korean annual sales target of 26,500 units.
Overall, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 has received a tremendous response from customers in first markets. Some 45,000 units have been pre-ordered in total already, which is a clear indicator of an extremely high interest in the electric crossover.
Deliveries of the first customer vehicles in the European region will begin in the second quarter of 2021, Hyundai has announced.
Given the overwhelming demand for the Ioniq 5 in South Korea and Europe, it was reported in the Korean press that Hyundai had decided to increase the EV’s global production target for this year from 70,000 units to 90,000 units. A report from edaily.co.kr dated March 8 said Hyundai was yet to discuss the increase in targeted production with the labor union. Production of 70,000 units requires overtime work for about four days every month.
The significant increase in production would require more overtime work, not to mention a steady stream of component supplies. An insider has said that Hyundai has enough battery supply to meet the higher annual production target of 90,000 units. However, the shortage of semiconductors could affect the execution of the new plan. “We are reviewing the availability of batteries and related parts from various angles to increase production,” a Hyundai official commented. “We are also watching the supply and demand of semiconductors,” the company source added.
In Europe, Hyundai has received more than 10,000 pre-orders for the Ioniq 5, the company announced on March 3. With customers required to deposit €1,000 for reservation, Hyundai says that these pre-orders imply an actual purchase intention. More than 236,000 inquiries about the new electric crossover have been made in the Old Continent.
Ioniq 5 was able to get an explosive response from customers in one day because it responded to customers’ demands and expectations for Hyundai Motor’s first dedicated electric vehicle that will provide a whole new experience with innovative design and advanced technology.Hyundai official commenting on Ioniq 5’s record-breaking pre-orders on the first day
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 U.S. launch is part of the ten electrified models the company has lined up by the end of next year.
Hyundai Ioniq 5 FAQs
What is the Hyundai Ioniq 5 U.S. release date?
Second half of 2021 is the Ioniq 5’s U.S. launch date.
What will be the Hyundai Ioniq 5 price?
The base Hyundai Ioniq 5 should start around $40,000 in the United States.
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