This is not the Ioniq you may think you know. Hyundai previously had an Ioniq compact sedan, but the automaker recently decided to go all-in on an all-electric sub brand. And get this – the first vehicle they’re pushing out is a midsize SUV. Hyundai revealed the 2022 Ioniq 5 this week, and there is a ton of cool stuff built into it.
So, here are just five of the innovative features you’ll see on this all-new utility vehicle.
People in Texas probably could have used this feature last week. Similar to how the Ford F-150 Pro Power Onboard can operate as a kind of generator, so can the Ioniq 5. It can supply up to 3.6 kW of power. There are two plug ports – one inside under the second-row seats (think airplane plug), which can be used while the vehicle is on.
There is also an exterior port, which can charge high-power electric equipment. The outside port can be used when the vehicle is on or off, and in fact, provides more power when the vehicle is off.
Since sustainability is at the core of the Ioniq sub brand, you shouldn’t be surprised it uses recycled materials when possible. The seats, headliners, door trim, floor and armrests use eco-friendly materials such as recycled PET bottles, plant-based yarns, eco-processed leather and bio paint.
The Ioniq’s Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) can support both 400-V and 800-V charging infrastructures. What that means is, with a 350-kW charger, an Ioniq 5 can go from 10% to 80% in just 18 minutes. It’s also able to add 62 miles of range in just 5 minutes using these same ultra-fast chargers. That’s a far cry from what we experienced in the Ford Mustang Mach-E charging the slow way with 110-V.
However, it’s worth noting the prevalence of ultra-fast chargers in the U.S. is currently very limited.
The idea of “augmented reality” being projected on the windshield’s head-up display is really interesting. While we haven’t seen this in practice yet, Hyundai is calling it a “display screen” that will project relevant information such as navigation, advanced safety and the car’s surroundings. We’ll be curious to see how that last item manifests itself in actual reality.
Because the Ioniq 5 has a flat load floor courtesy of the E-GMP, this opens up more possibilities for how the space is configured. Rear seats can slide forward more than 5 inches as well as fold flat. The center console is also slidable, and the front seats are decently reclinable.
While we don’t have too many details, we imagine much more will be coming very soon as the Ioniq 5 is expected to be in dealers in the first half of 2021, which, in case you missed it, is kind of now. We also know that the top end of the range will be 300 miles with a two-wheel drive configuration, and you’re looking at a 300-horsepower output for the all-wheel drive models and a 214-horsepower output for the 2WD models.
Other than that, we think the Ioniq 5 looks cool, and we can’t wait to see it (and drive it!) in real life.