About five years ago, Hyundai introduced the IONIQ brand in the form of a sedan with three available electrified powertrains including a full EV. Now the Korean automaker expands its IONIQ brand with the introduction of the all-new IONIQ 5. A fully electric midsize crossover, the 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 joins the IONIQ Electric and Kona Electric as the third pure EV in the Hyundai lineup, offering innovative features and unique styling blended with plenty of performance and utility.
“IONIQ 5 will accommodate lifestyles without limits, proactively caring for customers’ needs throughout their journey,” said Hyundai Executive Vice President and Global Chief Marketing Officer Thomas Schemera. “It is truly the first electric vehicle to provide a new experience with its innovative use of interior space and advanced technologies,” observed Schemera.
The IONIQ 5 will be the first model built on Hyundai’s Electric-Global Modular Platform, which showcases a new dedicated battery-electric vehicle architecture. The new platform gives designers considerably more freedom to capitalize on the versatility, form and function of the IONIQ 5. The IONIQ’s 118-inch wheelbase is longer than the Palisade SUV, although overall length puts it directly between Tucson and Santa Fe, which translates to a spacious interior.
The new IONIQ 5 possesses sharp, angular lines and styling similar to Hyundai’s 45 EV Concept shown at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. The IONIQ 5 features the first use of a clamshell hood on a Hyundai vehicle, which improves aerodynamics while minimizing panel gaps. A narrow grille opening features distinctive headlights that will be easily recognizable at night thanks to their signature rectangular LED running lights.
The 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 aerodynamic styling continues along the vehicle’s flanks, where flush door handles provide maximum aero efficiency as well as a clean exterior look. The IONIQ 5 rides on 20-inch aero-optimized wheels that complement the vehicle’s unique proportions realized through the long wheelbase and short overhangs. Sharp, chiseled lines around the front bumper and side panels add character, helping the IONIQ 5 further stand out from the crowd.
At the rear of the 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5, taillights mimic the headlights with the same rectangular LED design, and the same V-shape of the grille gets echoed below the IONIQ 5 name on the rear hatch.
With its stretched wheelbase and flat floor, the 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 boasts a spacious interior, further enhanced by a steeply raked windshield and a panoramic glass roof. Hyundai refers to a Living Space theme throughout the IONIQ 5, with designers seeking to make this more than mere transportation. Front seats are electronically adjustable and recline for additional comfort while the vehicle is parked. Designers also reduced seat and seatback thickness to maximize space and add rear-seat legroom.
In keeping with the 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5’s eco-friendly powertrain, the interior makes extensive use of sustainable materials as well as nature-inspired colors. Seats, door trim and other interior touch points are manufactured from recycled plastic bottles, plant-based and natural wool yarns, as well as leather processed with plant-based extracts and bio-based paint.
The 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5’s large center console — the automaker refers to it as the IONIQ 5’s Universal Island — provides plenty of storage space and versatility. The console slides forward or aft to provide flexibility when occupants move across the cabin. The sliding console also moves the wireless phone charger and USB ports closer to the rear-seat passengers when necessary.
The main interface with the IONIQ 5 is a 12.0-inch infotainment touchscreen display adjacent to the 12.0-inch driver display / gauge cluster. Climate and audio controls below the display allow for easy access. The IONIQ 5’s gear selector is located behind the steering wheel, adding to the interior’s overarching clean design theme. The new, innovative vehicle also features a head-up display.
The 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 will be available with a single motor driving the rear wheels, or with dual-motor all-wheel-drive configuration. Rear-drive versions will make 215 horsepower, while the combined horsepower of both motors in the all-wheel drive is a bit more than 300 horsepower and 446 lb-ft of torque. With its standard 77.4 kWh battery, the IONIQ 5 will have a range of around 300 miles in the single-motor layout.
Hyundai’s new E-GMP platform will support a 400V and 800V charging infrastructure. With a 350kW fast charger, the IONIQ 5 can charge up to 80 percent of capacity in less than 20 minutes. (Five minutes at this rate should be good for about 60 miles of range — most impressive.) The IONIQ 5 can also be charged at a Level 2 charger or even with a standard 110-volt household outlet.
Adding much in terms of vehicle versatility, the 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 has the ability to deliver up to 3.6 kW of power externally — a great feature for running power tools, camping equipment or even charging larger electric devices such as an e-bike or scooter. One port sits under the second row, the other is located on the IONIQ 5 exterior next to the vehicle charge port.
The brand-new 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 will possess the latest advanced safety features, including forward collision avoidance with pedestrian and cyclist detection as well as junction turning, which applies brakes if the vehicle’s systems detect oncoming traffic when making a left turn. Blind-spot collision avoidance is also standard, as well as the blind-spot view monitor featured in current Hyundai products.
The all-new 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 is expected to arrive in showrooms in fall 2021, and pricing will be released closer to the on-sale date. Hyundai also announced that the IONIQ brand will continue its expansion by adding two more new fully electric models — watch for an IONIQ 6 sedan and IONIQ 7 large SUV to follow the IONIQ 5.
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