Say hello to the futuristic Hyundai Ioniq 5, the car that looks little more than a concept, but will be launched here within the next few months.

Hyundai rekons the Ioniq 5 will redefine electric mobility lifestyle with sustainable and innovative features — and they might just be right.

The car explores a new design freedom that is offered by the layout of an unconventional, dedicated battery electric vehicle (BEV) platform.

Drawing on Hyundai’s very first production car, the Pony-inspired profile and ultra long 3000mm wheelbase, required a more sophisticated approach.

The front of the car is equipped with Hyundai’s first clamshell bonnet that minimises panel gaps for optimal aerodynamics.

The front bumper is defined by an eye-catching V-shape incorporating distinctive daytime running lights that provide an unmistakable light signature.

These small pixel-like clusters also appear at the rear of the vehicle.

On the sides, auto flush door handles provide clean surface styling and enhanced aerodynamic efficiency.

Aero-optimised wheels are offered in a super-sized 20-inch diameter, the largest rims ever fitted to a Hyundai EV.

Customers can select from two battery pack options — either 58kWh or 72.6kWh — and two electric motor layouts, with either one or two electric motors to provide front- or all-wheel drive.

All variations provide outstanding range and deliver a top speed of 185km/h.

At the top of the electric motor line-up is an all-wheel drive (AWD) option paired with the 72.6-kWh battery, producing a combined power output of 225kWh and 605Nm of torque.

This configuration can go from 0 km/h to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds.

When equipped with two-wheel drive (2WD) and 72.6 kWh battery, Ioniq 5’s maximum driving range on a single charge will be around 470-480km, according to the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) standard.

Ioniq 5 can support both 400V and 800V charging infrastructures.

The platform offers 800V charging capability as standard, along with 400V charging, without the need for additional components or adapters.

The multi-charging system is a world’s first patented technology that operates the motor and inverter to boost 400V to 800V for stable charging compatibility.

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With a 350kW charger, Ioniq 5 can charge from 10 percent to 80 percent in just 18 minutes.

Users only need to charge the vehicle for five minutes to get 100km of range, according to WLTP.

Ioniq 5 also provides an innovative V2L function, which allows customers to freely use or charge any electric devices, such as electric bicycles, scooters or camping equipment, serving as a charger on wheels.

Head of Hyundai Global Design Centre, SangYup Lee. said the Ioniq 5 represents a new mobility experience for the next generation.

“This was the mission from the first day we began this projectto look ahead towards the horizon, but stay fundamentally Hyundai,” he said.

“Ioniq 5 is the new definition of timeless, providing a common thread linking our past to the present and future.”

A moveable “Universal Island” centre console and flat floor allow greater freedom of movement inside the vehicle.

The thickness of the front seats has been reduced by 30 percent, providing more space for those seated in the second row.

Many of its interior touchpoints — seats, headliner, door trim, floor and armrest — use eco-friendly, sustainably sourced materials.

Such things as recycled PET bottles, plant-based (bio PET) yarns and natural wool yarns, eco-processed leather with plant-based extracts and bio paint with plant extracts.

Customers can choose from nine exterior colours, including five hues inspired by nature.

The interior has three colour options.

No word on price yet but Hyundai says Ioniq 5 will be launched here in the third quarter — which means September at the latest.

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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