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Hyundai Ioniq 5 spied in Australia ahead of launch

By Tim Robson, 13 Jan 2021 Car News

UPDATED Hyundai’s first clean-sheet EV arrives in Australia, launch planned this year

Hyundai Ioniq 5 spied in Australia ahead of launch

UPDATED Hyundai's Ioniq brand has dropped a couple of teaser images and vids of its incoming Ioniq 5 electric SUV.

Some small physical details - like the presence of a clamshell bonnet and the fitment of 20-inch turbine-style rims - were included.

The spy shots - which we've lightened - also show new details of the sharply styled front end.

It confirms that Ioniq's design language will not follow that of its parent company, instead forging its own sharper, more stylised path.

Hyundai also released a brace of teaser videos that point to the Ioniq 5's ability to be used as a power source for household items, one of which we've added above.

Eagle-eyed Facebook users have already snapped pics of Hyundai’s first ‘proper’ electric vehicle charging in Bathurst, NSW.

Despite its heavy camouflage, the sleek fastback-esque lines and minimal overhangs help to identify it as the Ioniq 5, which will be the first car from Hyundai’s new electric sub-brand Ioniq.

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Hyundai tells us that the Ioniq 5 landed in Australia in December, and is here for “testing and evaluation”.

We also understand that the Ioniq 5 is a lot closer to market launch than we originally thought.

A global reveal of the car without camouflage is expected soon, and the five-door electric crossover will arrive in Australia sometime in 2021.


Hyundai’s current electric cars, the Ioniq hatch and the Kona EV, are based on conventional vehicle platforms, but the Ioniq 5 is the first to ride on the Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP for short), which can be tailored to produce electric cars of various sizes.

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Product leaks from Hyundai’s own people suggest that the Ioniq 5 will be offered initially with two electric motors producing 230kW, backed by a relatively small 58kWh battery that can provide up to 450km of range.

A larger 73kWh battery pack will arrive later, which will increase the potential range to 550km.

It’s suggested, too, that the Ioniq 5 will have the capability to use 800-volt DC fast charging, which could recharge the lithium-ion battery from 20 to 80 percent in just 15 minutes.

It’ll also be able to use a 240-volt household socket to recharge (slowly) or an 11kW AC wall box.

At 4640mm long, 1890mm wide and 1600mm tall, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is the same length and 15mm wider than the incoming new Tucson SUV, though it is 65mm lower.

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The Ioniq 5 rides on an enormously long 3000mm wheelbase, though, which means that it should have tonnes of room inside for passengers and luggage. 

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It could feasibly even be offered as a seven-seater, though we’d guess that a third row of seats would add a bit too much weight and size when the battery pack and the location of the rear motor are taken into account.

Source: Electric Vehicles For Australia FB