2021 Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric SUV revealed, arriving in Australia in second half of the year | Ralph Lauren

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Hyundai has lifted the covers off its all-new Ioniq 5 electric medium SUV — and announced it will arrive in Australia in the second half of this year.

As we already knew thanks to previous teaser images, the Ioniq 5 closely resembles Hyundai’s 45 EV concept — but it’s what’s inside and underneath which is most interesting.

Ioniq 5.
Camera IconIoniq 5. Credit: Supplied

There are two battery pack options available, a 58kWh and 72.6kWh, which power either a single electric motor in two-wheel-drive models or two electric motors, placed front and rear, in all-wheel-drive variants.

Australian pricing and specification details are yet to be revealed, however WestWHEELS can at least confirm we will be getting both 2WD and AWD models.

The only stated range is 470-480km for the 72.6kWh 2WD version, so we’d assume the other variants would be less.

The smaller battery set-up offers 125kW/350Nm in 2WD and 173kW/605Nm in AWD, while the bigger pack has 160kW/350Nm (2WD) or 225kW/605Nm (AWD) on tap.

Ioniq 5.
Camera IconIoniq 5. Credit: Supplied

Depending on the set up, the Ioniq 5 will cover 0-100km/h in 5.2-8.5 seconds.

The system can accommodate ultra-fast 400V and 800V multi-charging and can also charge external appliances or entire homes thanks to vehicle-to-grid technology.

Sitting on the Hyundai Group’s new E-GMP electric platform and with a 3000mm wheelbase — 100mm longer than the eight-seat Palisade large SUV — has allowed the designers to innovate.

The interior has a flat floor and ample space, enhanced by the “Universal Island” centre console, which can be moved to allow for more space for passengers and easier ingress and egress.

Ioniq 5.
Camera IconIoniq 5. Credit: Supplied

It also allows the rear passengers to use the console’s features, such as cup holders, a 15W fast wireless phone charger and USB ports.

The roof is a single glass panel, while buyers can opt for a solar roof which adds energy to the battery pack.

Many of interior touchpoints such as seats, headliner, door trim, floor and armrest use eco-friendly, sustainably sourced materials such as recycled bottles, plant-based and natural wool yarns, eco-processed leather with plant-based extracts and bio paint with plant extracts.

Ioniq 5.
Camera IconIoniq 5. Credit: Supplied

Despite the medium-SUV dimensions, the Ioniq 5 offers a hefty 531 litres of boot space — 1591 litres with the rear seats folded — and an additional 24 (AWD) or 57 litres (2WD) under the bonnet.

The cabin is an expectedly tech-heavy space, with a 12-inch infotainment screen and “hoodless” 12-inch digital instrument cluster drivers can customize to their needs.

For the first time in a Hyundai, the Ioniq 5 has an augmented reality head-up display, turns the windscreen into a display screen.

Hyundai’s latest SmartSense safety tech is also on board, which includes Highway Driving Assist 2 semi-autonomous driving.

Ioniq 5.
Camera IconIoniq 5. Credit: Supplied

WestWHEELS understands pricing will be revealed ahead of the Ioniq 5’s local launch.

Given the smaller Kona Electric starts at $60,740 plus on roads, we’d be surprised if the Ioniq 5 costs less than $70,000 to get on the road.

It is the first vehicle in Hyundai’s Ioniq sub-brand, will which include the Ioniq 6 sedan next year and Ioniq 7 large SUV slated for 2024.

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