The Hyundai IONIQ 5 battery-electric medium is SUV available now. At launch it will be available in one flagship trim, with the option of a 2WD, rear-driven motor layout, or a dual motor (rear and front) HTRAC AWD.

Other trim grades of IONIQ 5 will be introduced at a later date, with timing yet to be confirmed.

Inside there’s a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster along with a 12.3-inch multimedia navigation unit featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone compatibility and a BOSE eight-speaker premium audio system.

The seats are trimmed in sustainable eco-processed leather. The front seats have 12-way power adjustment with what Hyundai calls ‘Relaxion’ (zero gravity). There are two-way powered rear seats (60:40) with memory.

It has a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats. It has a “vision glass” roof with power sunshade.

A Virtual Engine Sound System is installed to alert pedestrians who don’t look for vehicles before crossing the road.

IONIQ 5 complements its eco-friendly powertrain through the use of sustainable materials in the cabin, such as seats, headliner, door trim, carpets and armrests manufactured using recycled PET bottles, plant-based (bio-PET) yarns and natural wool yarns, and bio paint with plant extracts.

The upholstery in IONIQ 5 is stitched from eco-processed leather and is offered in a choice of Obsidian Black, or two-tone Dove Grey/Dark Pebble Grey or Dove Grey/Dark Teal, each with a contrasting 100 per cent biodegradable and a recyclable “paperette” insert.

IONIQ 5 is offered initially with a high-voltage 72.6kWh lithium-ion polymer battery, driving either a single, rear mounted electric motor (rear-wheel drive), or dual rear- and front-mounted electric motors (all-wheel drive), to offer a zero-emission electric vehicle experience without compromise on range or performance.

A world-first patented technology, the multi-charging system operates the motor and inverter to boost 400V to 800V for stable charging compatibility.

With a DC 350kW public charger, IONIQ 5 can charge from 10 percent to 80 percent in less than 18 minutes; with a five-minute charge boosting range by 100km, based on WLTP figures.

“It is our great pleasure to introduce the futuristic IONIQ 5 battery-electric medium SUV, as the first model from our IONIQ EV sub-brand,” Hyundai Motor Company Australia Chief Executive Officer Jun Heo said.

He continued, “The powerful, long-range, ultra-fast charging IONIQ 5 represents the leading edge in zero-emissions battery-electric vehicles and is certain to delight customers.”

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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