Hyundai is officially launching its Ioniq sub-brand with the reveal of the 2022 Ioniq 5. The new battery-electric SUV is the first to ride on Hyundai’s E-GMP architecture and is bowing with a concept-like design.
There wasn’t much left to the imagination with the Ioniq 5 due to all of Hyundai’s teasers. Regardless, the design of this production vehicle looks very dramatic. It’s a convergence of the 45 Concept from the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show and the first-ever Hyundai product, the 1975 Pony. Hyundai has effectively ignored the brand’s design language for this one and we’re all about it.
Despite a design similar to the Pony, it isn’t even close to it in size. The 2022 Ioniq 5 is a full-fledged midsize SUV. It’s 182.5 inches long, with 118.1 inches of that length represented by wheelbase. To put these dimensions into perspective, the Ioniq 5 has a larger wheelbase than the massive Hyundai Palisade SUV. Given the dimensions and the fact it is on a dedicated EV platform, it is no surprise Hyundai says the Ioniq 5 offers interior space comparable to a full-size SUV.
Interior space is even more useful in the Ioniq 5 thanks to a completely flat floor. This allows for unique features such as a front console that can slide with the front seats, giving the drive the flexibility to enter or exit the vehicle from either front door. Additionally, there’s extremely generous rear legroom and a massive 18.7 cubic feet of cargo space in back. That cargo space increases to 56.5 cu ft by folding down the second row seats.
Ioniq 5 also offers a front trunk. The cargo space of this spot hinges on whether or not its an all-wheel-drive variant. Rear-drive models offer just over 2 cu ft of space up front, while the added hardware of a front electric motor drop that to less than 1 cu ft with all-wheel-drive.
Plenty of Screens
Keeping with industry trends, the Ioniq 5 is packing plenty of screen real estate. The interior is hallmarked with a pair of twin 12-inch LCD panels. The layout has an uncanny similarity to what has highlighted Mercedes-Benz interiors in recent years. Despite the concept car-like interior, Hyundai has retained physical buttons to control some elements of the HVAC system.
Eco-friendly buyers will also appreciate that many of the interior appointments are made from recycled goods. This includes several components that are made from recycled plastic bottles.
Multiple Powertrain Options
2022 Ioniq 5 buyers will have several different flavors of the EV to pick from. Global markets will have two batteries options to select from, a 58 kWh or 72.6 kWh option. In the U.S. buyers will have a 77.4-kWh option. Base models will feature a single electric motor at the rear, while all-wheel-drive variants add an additional motor up front.
The base configuration is good for 168 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, enough juice to send the Ioniq 5 to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds. Adding the second motor (AWD) to the base configuration yields 232 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque, shortening the sprint to 60 mph to 6.1 seconds.
Buyers opting for the larger battery pack also have two flavors to pick from. The larger pack in rear-wheel-drive configuration 215 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This configuration is good for a zero to 60 mph time of 7.4 seconds. For those wanting the fastest Ioniq 5, the solution is the large pack in all-wheel-drive configuration. This layout generates 302 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque. The fastest Ioniq 5 can propel itself to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds.
Really Fast Charging
Hyundai is really bringing the customer benefit when it comes to charging. The Ioniq 5 will be able to charge from 10 to 80 percent capacity in just 18 minutes. This quick charge comes credit to 800 V charging capabilities by using a 350-kW charger. Buyers can add about 62 miles of range in just five minutes.
Ioniq 5 also offers a Vehicle 2 Load feature. This functionality provides 3.6 kW of power to charge other electrical equipment via a port under the seat or on the outside of the car.
The exact range figures for the Ioniq 5 are still pending. Hyundai says it expects the larger battery rear-wheel-drive model to offer around 300 miles of range. It is worth noting that the final range figure will be certified by the EPA in the U.S., which has not occurred yet.
The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 will arrive in dealerships later this year. Expect pricing and final range figures to be announced closer to its launch.