Hyundai Ioniq 5 To Be Launched At The Auto Expo 2023
Hyundai will introduce the Ioniq 5 in India at the January 2023 Auto Expo. The automaker has declared that reservations for the nation’s next flagship model will formally open on December 20, 2022.
The Kia EV6 is already for sale in India, and its sister model is the Hyundai Ioniq 5. Hyundai will locally construct the Ioniq 5 in contrast to the Kia EV6, which is entirely imported.
Comparing the Ioniq 5’s price to the Kia EV6’s (Rs 59.96 lakh), which is imported as a CBU (Complete Built-Up). The difference in customs duty between CBU and CKD (Completely Knocked Down) cars in India will be the cause of the pricing disparity.
The Kia EV6, which has a larger 77.4kWh battery, will be significantly outperformed by the Hyundai Ioniq 5, despite the fact that Hyundai has not yet stated which battery pack or powertrain combination it will offer in India. According to a source at Hyundai, the automaker wants to sell its most expensive EV for under Rs 50 lakh.
Along with the Kia EV6, it will also compete with the Volvo XC40 Recharge and similarly priced EVs like the Mini Cooper SE.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5’s distinctive look, which is reminiscent of the 45 EV concept car displayed at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show, is one of its main selling factors. Sharp edges, smooth surfaces, and an SUV-like attitude, but with steeply sloped windscreens, define the retro style. The Ioniq 5 is significantly distinct from previous Hyundai automobiles thanks to its pixelated front and rear lights and elaborate 20-inch aero-optimized alloy wheels.
The Ioniq 5’s simple design is distinguished by a flat floor, adjustable seats, and a movable center console that can move back and forward by up to 140mm. The interior is extremely roomy, and for the upholstery on the seats, doors, headliner, and carpet, Hyundai chose eco-friendly leather and fabrics derived from recycled plastic bottles. The crash pads, switches, steering wheel, and door pads were all painted with bio-paint as well.
The Ioniq 5 has several technological features, including a head-up display with augmented reality features, ADAS, and even digital screens for the rear-view mirror display. It also has two 12-inch screens for the instrument cluster and the infotainment system.
But it’s still unclear how much of it will end up in the model built for India.
Hyundai offers the Ioniq 5 in two battery pack versions, AWD and rear-wheel drive, in the international market: 58kWh and 72.6kWh. In rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations, the smaller battery generates 170 horsepower; in both configurations, the larger battery generates 217 horsepower and 305 horsepower.
The larger battery extends the range to a claimed 481km, while the smaller battery pack is good for 383km in the official test cycle (WLTP cycle). With the Ioniq 5’s support for ultra-rapid 800V charging, the battery may theoretically be charged from 10 to 80% in just 18 minutes. Which powertrain set-up travels to India is yet unknown.
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