Hyundai Ioniq 5 Spied On Indian Road
The Ioniq 5—Hyundai’s flagship electric crossover—is anticipated to debut in India early next year, following Kia’s entry into the country’s premium electric car category with the EV6. Recently, the electric crossover was seen doing testing in Chennai while well camouflaged.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is built on the same e-GMP platform as its sister sedan, the EV6, however, unlike Kia, Hyundai will produce its variant domestically.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is offered for international markets with two battery options: a 58kWh battery with a single 169hp motor and a more recent larger 77.4kWh battery pack, which gives the EV crossover a stated range of 506km.
However, according to our sources, Hyundai will introduce the base model in India with a 58kWh battery pack and a single electric motor. The Ioniq 5’s advertised range on a single charge is 383 kilometers thanks to the smaller battery pack.
As previously reported, Hyundai will locally construct the Ioniq 5 to be sold in India, allowing the company to sell the electric crossover more affordably than the Kia EV6, which enters the country as a CBU. This is a result of the country’s customs duty distinction between CBU and CKD (Completely Knocked Down) autos. Because of this and the possibility that Hyundai would introduce the electric crossover with only a lesser 58kWh battery pack, the Ioniq 5 is expected to be priced below the Kia EV6 by a significant amount. Hyundai is aiming to sell the Ioniq 5 for under Rs 50 lakh, according to a source within the automaker. For comparison, the Kia EV6’s starting price is Rs. 59.96 lakh.
When it is introduced in India, it will compete against EVs such as the Mini Cooper SE which are similarly priced as well as the recently released Volvo XC40 Recharge and the Kia EV6.