In South Korea, on Tuesday morning, Hyundai Motor launched its latest battery electric car for the first time. The company resisted the temptation to start with heavy-duty SUVs like General Motors’ reborn GMC Hummer or handsome cars like the Porsche Taycan, even though they are all in the pipeline. Instead, the Ioniq brand will be launched along with the most in-demand mid-size crossover. In this case, a distinctive crossover named Ioniq 5 will also become the first BEV to use the modern new E-GMP architecture.
The produced Ioniq 5 looks very similar to the previous concept car 45. At first glance, it seems to be leading the loose look of hatchbacks from the late 1980s. But don’t be fooled by the proportions; it is the same size as Toyota’s best-selling RAV4 crossover. Large 20-inch wheels and short front and rear suspension conceal a 118-inch (3,000 mm) wheelbase, providing a few acres of interior space for the occupants.
In addition to enough space and a flat floor, there is another surprise indoors. The center console can slide and move back up to 5.5 inches (140 mm). This gives the front passenger the option to leave the other side of the car, and allows the rear passenger to access the console’s storage space, USB port and wireless charging pad.
The front seats will tilt as needed, including pop-up foot pedals, although it is clear that the driver’s seat will not do this while the car is driving. Hyundai Motor said that the thickness of its front seats is 30% thinner than ordinary seats, which again increases the space in the rear. The rear seats also moved forward and backward, sliding 5.2 inches (135 mm) forward to increase cargo capacity.
As the trend develops, sustainable materials are widely used internally, such as recycled PET bottles and natural fibers.
Two battery packs, two powertrains
We are accustomed to using the new BEV to pack large-capacity batteries, but the powertrain specifications of the Ioniq 5 illustrate Hyundai’s confidence in the efficiency of the engineering electric range. The battery pack has two specifications: 58kWh or 77.4kWh (72.6kWh outside the United States). There are two options for the transmission system: rear-wheel drive with a single 160kW (215hp), 350Nm (258lb-ft) electric motor; or all-wheel drive, with a total output of 173kW (231hp) when the battery capacity is small, and when the battery pack is large It is 225kW (301hp). Regardless of the packaging size, AWD Ioniq 5 can produce a weight of 605Nm (446lb-ft).
Therefore, performance should be brisk rather than amazing, depending on the configuration, the range of 0-62mph (100 km/h) is between 5.2 seconds and 8.5 seconds. Hyundai only provided us with an estimate of the range of RWD plus 72.6kWh configuration. It said it should reach 292-298 miles (470-480 kilometers) under the WLTP test system.
Just like the aforementioned GMC and Porsche BEV, Ioniq 5 uses an 800V electrical architecture, which means it can be charged extremely fast-when connected to a 350kW DC fast charger, it only takes 18 minutes to get from 10% to 80% state of charge. 400-volt DC chargers are more common, but some clever technology on the Ioniq 5 means it can also use them-the electric motor and inverter double the voltage to fit the battery pack.
Moreover, although it does not yet support the vehicle-to-grid function (whether it is a vehicle or a grid), Ioniq 5 does have a vehicle-to-load function, which is also known to be able to operate with up to 3.6 remote AC power through external charging ports or rear seats The lower V2L port gets kW.
Ioniq 5 will begin production this year, and deliveries to the US are scheduled to begin this fall. It is followed by the Ioniq 6 sedan (based on the stunning Prophecy concept car), and then the large electric SUV Ioniq 7.
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