February 24, 2021 13:30
Hyundai on Tuesday unveiled its much-hyped Ioniq 5 electric hatchback at an online event.
The Ioniq 5 will hit showrooms in April, while pre-orders begin on Thursday. It comes to Europe later this year.
Hyundai hopes to challenge Tesla's global dominance in the electric car market with the swaggering compact crossover.
At 4.63 m long, it is as big the compact Tucson SUV, but the wheelbase measures 3 m, which is longer than the Palisade large SUV's, allowing for a roomy interior. It has a high ceiling for added space.
Hyundai's proprietary E-GMP EV platform eliminates the drive shaft of normal cars and with it the lump separating the driver and passenger seats. The floor under the rear seats is also flat so the central console box can be moved back and forth.
Lee Sang-yup, the head of design at Hyundai, said it made sure "not even 1 cm of interior space was wasted."
The car will come in two versions according to battery capacity. The long-range version has a 72.6 kWh battery and can travel between 410 and 430 km on a single charge and accelerate from zero to 100 km in 5.2 seconds. An 18-minute charge is enough to reach 80 percent capacity, and it can travel up to 100 km on a five-minute charge.
The design is inspired by the Hyundai Pony, which hit showrooms in 1974 and became Korea's first mass-produced and exported car. The Ioniq 5 has no side-view mirrors but a camera and screens instead. The door handle is hidden and pops out when touched by the key.
The Ioniq 5's state-of-the-art driving-assist system automatically maintains distances with cars in front on highways and prevents collisions in other ways.
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