Hyundai Ioniq 5 unveiled in the U.S.; spotted in all colors [Update]

Hyundai Motor Group has started taking pre-orders of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 in the U.S. with a refundable deposit of USD 100. Canadian customers can also reserve their Ioniq 5 now, with a deposit of CAD 500. Deliveries in both markets will begin in the coming months, which we have discussed in the release date section.

The U.S.-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

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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.

The U.S.-spec version has a marker inside the headlamps, an immediate differentiator from the global model. Another difference is the tail lamps blinking completely as turn indicators. The Euro-spec Hyundai Ioniq 5 has a separate turn indicator inside the tail lamps.

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.

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.

US-spec Hyundai Ioniq 5 bidirectional charging
In the U.S. market, the Hyundai Ioniq 5’s V2L function can supply up to 1.9 kW of power. Image Source: Hyundai

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. Globally, up to 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. In the U.S. market, however, the V2L function can supply up to 1.9 kW of power.

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.

Trims

There are three Hyundai Ioniq 5 trims in the U.S., namely SE, SEL, and Limited. Below are the key features:

Hyundai Ioniq 5 SEHyundai Ioniq 5 SELHyundai Ioniq 5 Limited
19-inch Aero alloy wheelsFull-LED headlights20-inch alloy wheels (AWD configurations)
12.3-inch digital instrument clusterHyundai Digital Key“Vision” panoramic sunroof
12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment systemHands-free smart liftgate with auto openPremium Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA)
Bluelink Connected Car SystemHighway Driving Assist (HDA-2) Level 2Surround View Monitor (SVM)
Heated front seatsAmbient interior lightingBlind-Spot View Monitor (BVM)
Ultra-fast chargingLeatherette seating surfacesTwo-way onboard charger
Ioniq 5 variants in the U.S. market

Hyundai Ioniq 5 colors

Naver blog user soonjung8116 has 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 below show the electric crossover in Phantom Black Pearl, Atlas White, Shooting-Star Gray Matte, Galactic Gray Metallic, and Digital Teal-Green Pearl colors.

ExteriorInterior
Shooting-Star Gray MatteObsidian Black Monotone
Digital Teal-Green PearlDark Pebble Gray/Dove Gray
Lucid Blue PearlDark Teal/Dove Gray
Atlas White
Cyber Gray Metallic
Phantom Black Pearl
Ioniq 5 colors for the American market

Hyundai Ioniq 5 specifications

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 measures 182.5 inches in length,74.4 inches in width, and 63.0 inches in height. It has an exceptionally long wheelbase of 118.1 inches – 3.9 inches longer than the Hyundai Palisade. The towing capacity of the Ioniq 5 is 1,500 pounds.

27.2 cu. ft. of cargo space is available behind rear seats, and on folding the second-row seats, 59.3 ct. ft. of cargo space becomes available. There’s a front trunk or frunk as well, and the U.S.-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.

US-spec Hyundai Ioniq 5 front three quarters dynamic
Charging the Hyundai Ioniq 5 from 10-80% SoC using a 350 kW DC fast-charger takes just 18 minutes. Image Source: Hyundai

Charging

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 debuts Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP platform that supports 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 68 miles range with only five minutes of charging.

Fast-charging or rapid-charging rates don’t usually last for very long. The charging power often tapers quickly after reaching its peak, mostly to prevent the battery pack from overheating. That isn’t the case in the Hyundai Ioniq 5, though. Ryan Miller, Manager – Electrified Powertrain Development, Hyundai America Technical Center, INC., has told Automotive News that the E-GMP platform has a newly developed cooling system called “in-cell cooling.” The edge of the cells has direct contact with a cooling plate, which uses liquid cooling.

High-power charging in the Ioniq 5 generates almost twice as much heat as in the Kona Electric. Yet, thanks to better thermal management, it can charge at nearly three times the rate. It’s possible to consistently charge the Ioniq 5’s battery pack at more than 200 kW from 10% SoC until about 55% SoC. Moreover, the drop in the charging power afterward happens gradually.

For the Hyundai Ioniq 5’s charging network in the U.S., Hyundai has partnered with Electrify America. Customers will be able to enjoy free 30-minute charging sessions from the date of purchase at Electrify America charging stations for two years. Electrify America’s charging stations allow charging at speeds of up to 150 kW and 350 kW. Its charging network is scheduled to expand to 800 charging stations with approximately 3,500 chargers open or under development by the end of the year.

Range & Performance

The U.S.-spec Hyundai Ioniq 5 gets a 77.4 kWh battery pack as standard. An AWD drivetrain layout is optional. In the U.S., Hyundai expects a range of 300 miles (EPA) with the bigger battery pack, which could be the same unit available in the Kia EV6 worldwide.

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. A 0-60 mph sprint in the 77.4 kWh AWD configurations takes less than five seconds.

Aspect\SpecificationsLong Range 2WDLong Range AWD
Battery Pack Capacity77.4 kWh77.4 kWh
Drivetrain LayoutRWDAWD
Motor(s)RearFront & rear
Power225 horsepower320 horsepower
Torque258 Lb.-Ft.446 Lb.-Ft.
Acceleration (0-60 mph)TBA<5 seconds
Top Speed115 mph115 mph
Range (targeted EPA est.)300 miles269 miles (SE & SEL)/244 miles (Limited)
AC Charger Peak Power10.9 kW10.9 kW
Full-charging Time (Level 2 charger at 10.9 kW)6 hours 43 minutes6 hours 43 minutes
DC Charger Peak PowerTBATBA
Hyundai Ioniq 5 specifications in the United States.

SK Innovation is the supplier of batteries of the Hyundai Ioniq 5. The company says that the Ioniq 5 uses the NCM8-type Lithium-ion batteries, which have approximately 80% Nickel content. 80% is the highest level of Nickel content in the Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide batteries the auto industry is using presently for mass-production. In addition, SK Innovation has developed NCM9-type Lithium-ion batteries and plans to supply them to Ford for the F-150 Lightning from 2022.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 SK Innovation InterBattery 2021 event
SK Innovation is the supplier of the Hyundai Ioniq 5’s batteries. Image Source: SK Innovation

Production

In May 2021, the South Korean automaker announced its electrification plans for the U.S. market. The company said that it plans to start manufacturing Kia and Hyundai electric cars in America. It will invest a whopping USD 7.4 billion in the United States by 2025 to manufacture future EVs, improve production facilities, and further its investments in smart mobility solutions. Localized production in the U.S. will begin with a Hyundai EV in 2022, and this model could be the Ioniq 6 or Ioniq 5.

Initially, the Ioniq 5 would arrive from the South Korean plant, where production began in March 2021.

Release Date

The Hyundai USA website initially said that the Ioniq 5 is coming in fall 2021, but it changed that timeline to Winter 2021 later, suggesting that the launch will take place only in November or December 2021. However, Hyundai spokesperson Brandon Ramirez has clarified (via Motor1) that speculation saying that the Ioniq 5 will begin reaching U.S. dealerships “as planned.” The company says that “winter (2021)” is when the new EV will become “widely available.” As for the pricing, the website still states “estimated MSRP coming soon.”

In Canada, however, HMG has indeed deferred the Hyundai Ioniq 5 launch. The company earlier said that it plans to begin sales later this year, but now, the Hyundai Canada website is showing early 2022 as the estimated delivery date. Like in the U.S., prices aren’t announced.

Upcoming Hyundai cars in the U.S. or America
Hyundai’s electric vehicle launches for USA include the refreshed Kona, the Ioniq 5, and the Ioniq 6 by 2022. Image: Hyundai.

Ioniq 5 subscription in the U.S.

A subscription ownership model has been planned for the U.S. to target even those aspiring EV prospects who demand more convenient ownership, cannot afford an outright purchase, and/or aren’t risk-taking. At the U.S. debut of the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Jose Munoz, President & CEO, Hyundai Motor North America, said:

We are also looking at alternative ownership models to attract and engage first-time EV customers. Our research tells us many people are interested in trying EVs but want to do so in a convenient, low-risk way. We call them EV mobility pioneers. They are young city dwellers who are already comfortable using subscriptions to buy goods and services. We will offer a simple automobile subscription service for those Ioniq intenders that would feature a single all-inclusive monthly payment covering the vehicle insurance and maintenance.

Jose Munoz, President & CEO, Hyundai Motor North America (Hyundai Ioniq 5 U.S. debut)

The subscription service will provide customers with a convenient and low-risk way of owning a Hyundai Ioniq 5. Customers will need to make only one monthly payment that includes all the costs and covers the vehicle, insurance, and maintenance. A report from Automotive News says that the subscription period will range from one month to three months. The try-and-buy concept should be particularly effective in drawing the interest of the fence-sitters in switching from an ICE vehicle to an EV.

With the tenure options restricted to just a few months, the subscription plans aren’t aimed at creating a permanent alternative ownership model for the Ioniq 5. The intention here is to generate customer interest by offering a trial period.

Motional Ioniq 5 robotaxis

In the U.S., people not owning or subscribing to the Hyundai Ioniq 5 will have another way to experience the car, via Lyft. In late 2020, Motional and Lyft partnered to deploy the world’s largest robotaxi network. In March 2021, Motional announced plans to use the Hyundai Ioniq 5 for its robotaxis. Lyft riders will be able to book and experience the fully autonomous taxi from 2023.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 robotaxis integrates Motional’s driverless system and has Level 4 autonomous driving capabilities. Motional’s driverless system works using LiDAR, radar, and cameras, which provide it with a complete sense of the vehicle’s surrounding environment. It can see up to 300 meters away and react to dynamic driving environments.

The Ioniq 5 robotaxi has visual differences from the regular Ioniq 5 for private customers. A change immediately noticeable on the autonomous taxi is a blue cylindrical module on its roof. That’s a LiDAR, and cameras and radars supporting it are also present on the roof. There are about 30 sensors on the bumpers, fenders, and other places.

In case of an unusual road scenario, such as road construction or flooding, Motional will provide the Ioniq 5 robotaxis Remote Vehicle Assistance (RVA). A support provider from Motional would connect to the vehicle and direct it to a new path.

Testing of the robotaxis is underway. In fact, when Hyundai Motor Group Chairman Euisun Chung visited the U.S. in June 2021, he took a test ride in one of Motional’s modified Ioniq 5, a Korea JoongAng Daily report said. Motional is a joint venture between the South Korean conglomerate and technology solutions company Aptiv.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 robotaxi debuted at the 2021 Munich Motor Show (IAA 2021) that took place between September 6 and 12, 2021.

58 kWh battery & digital mirror not offered in the United States

Globally, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is available with a Standard Range 58 kWh battery pack. When unveiling the Ioniq 5, HMG said that it would offer the Standard Range 58 kWh battery pack as the more economical option in the U.S market. However, now it has changed its mind. The company told Autoblog that the range the 58 kWh battery pack offers wouldn’t have met the customer expectations stateside. For reference, according to Europe’s WLTP standard, it can offer a range of around 470-480 km (292-298 mi) in the single-motor variant.

In South Korea, Hyundai offers camera-based virtual mirrors, which improve aerodynamics, provide a clear 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. This feature is not available in the U.S., though, and depending on government regulations, the company would unlock the feature in the overseas markets.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 Safety

KNCAP has awarded a 5-star safety rating to the Hyundai Ioniq 5 in its crash test. The Korean safety agency evaluated it in one of its 72.6 kWh configurations based on 19 different parameters. Out of the maximum 100 points, the new EV scored 92.1 points.

Video Source: YouTube/koreancap

The Ioniq 5 achieved a 98.8% score (with 59.29 points out of maximum 60 points) in crash safety and a 95.9% score (with 19.17 points out of maximum 20 points) in accident prevention safety. However, its pedestrian safety is not as good, as it scored significantly lower in that area – 68.2% (13.64 points out of maximum 20 points). That’s an aspect Hyundai needs to work on during the facelift and subsequent model years.

Ioniq 5 developments in Europe & South Korea

Pre-orders

In Europe, Hyundai has received more than 10,000 pre-orders for the Ioniq 5, the company announced on March 3, 2021. With customers required to deposit EUR 1,000 for reservation, Hyundai says that these pre-orders imply an actual purchase intention. The company has received more than 236,000 inquiries about the new electric crossover 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

Colors

ExteriorInterior
Gravity Gold MatteObsidian Black and Dark Pebble Gray/Dove Gray
Shooting-Star Gray MatteDark Teal/Dove Gray
Digital Teal-Green PearlTerra Brown/Mud Gray (South Korea-only)
Lucid Blue Pearl
Atlas White
Cyber Gray Metallic
Phantom Black Pearl
Gray Metallic
Mystic Olive-Green Pearl
Ioniq 5 colors in the global market.

Specs

Aspect\SpecificationsStandard Range 2WDStandard Range AWDLong Range 2WDLong Range AWD
Battery Pack Capacity58.0 kWh58.0 kWh72.6 kWh72.6 kWh
Drivetrain LayoutRWDAWDRWDAWD
Motor(s)RearFront & rearRearFront & rear
Power125 kW173 kW160 kW225 kW
Torque350 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 seconds6.1 seconds7.4 seconds5.2 seconds
Top Speed185 km/h (115 mph)185 km/h (115 mph)185 km/h (115 mph)185 km/h (115 mph)
Range (Europe, WLTP)384 km (239 miles)360 km (224 miles)481 km (299 miles)460 km (286 miles)
Range (S. Korea, MOTIE)336 km (209 miles)319 km (198 miles)429 km (267 miles)390 km (242 miles)
Ioniq 5 specs in the global market

E-pit charging stations

Hyundai Motor Group leverages Electrify America and Ionity EV charging networks in U.S. 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.

Hyundai E-pit charging station with Ioniq 5
The Formula 1-inspired E-pit charging stations would allow recharging the Ioniq 5 to 80% in about 18 minutes. Image: Hyundai Motor Group

HMG planned to open E-pit charging stations with a total of 72 chargers at 12 highway rest areas in mid-April 2021, and then 8 more E-pit charging stations, with 48 chargers, in cities. It is possible to achieve a range of about 100 km or 62 miles with a 5-minute charging at the E-pit charging stations.

Sales

Sales of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 in S. Korea began in April 2021, and by the end of September 2021, they have totaled 15,467 units. The brand’s home market is consistently getting a supply of around 3,000 units every month now.

MonthHyundai Ioniq 5 sales (S. Korea)
January 2021
February 2021
March 2021
April 2021114
May 20211,919
June 20213,667
July 20213,447
August 20213,337
September 20212,983
YTD15,467 units

Electrification Quality Division

The Hyundai Kona EV has put customers in danger because of quality issues. Fires caused by faulty batteries and the massive related recall in 2020 affected Hyundai’s reputation, particularly in South Korea. In addition, the recently unveiled Ioniq 5 has an issue of the coolant leaking out, as per a report from Chosun Biz, which Hyundai is aware of.

To avoid new fiascos, HMG has set up a new Electrification Quality Division, which will work on strengthening quality control. Jinan Choi, previously in charge of the Powertrain Quality Division, is the Executive Vice President of the new division, the Korean media reports.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 FAQs

What is the Hyundai Ioniq 5 U.S. release date?

Winter 2021 is the Ioniq 5’s U.S. release date.

What will be the Hyundai Ioniq 5 price?

The base Ioniq 5 should start around USD 40,000 in the United States.

Which models would the Ioniq 5 compete with?

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