E-car: Hyundai Ioniq 5 turns the cockpit into a living room

The Ioniq 5 is the first electric model of the Ioniq sub-brand founded by Hyundai . Designed as a CUV (Crossover Utility Vehicle), it is based on the new Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). This creates a flat floor with a movable island in the interior. Two 12.25-inch displays adorn the living room cockpit.

With the sub-brand Ioniq (Ion + Unique), Hyundai wants to take on a pioneering role in the field of alternative drives. The Ioniq 5 is the first model of this electric brand and is due to hit the German market in early summer 2021 after today’s presentation. A basic model with “extensive equipment” is planned for 41,900 euros, which comes with a 58 kWh battery and rear-wheel drive with 125 kW. The standard equipment includes full LED headlights, LED taillights, 19-inch alloy wheels and the new cockpit with two large screens.

Hyundai is launching a special edition limited to 3,000 units worldwide with the “Project 45 Package”, which can be reserved immediately, costs 59,550 euros and comes with a 72.6 kWh battery and all-wheel drive with 225 kW. Special equipment such as front seats with a relax function, an electrically sliding rear bench seat, a solar roof and 20-inch alloy wheels are also included.

Relax while charging

The relax seats are part of the very special spatial experience of the Ioniq 5, which is intended to bring a living room atmosphere into the interior of the vehicle. The front seats can be heated and are equipped with a fold-out leg rest with a relax function. The driver and front passenger can lean back at an “ ergonomically optimal angle ”, for example, to rest during a charging process. The Ioniq 5 does not yet drive autonomously. In a normal sitting position, the 30 percent reduction in the volume of the front backrests should also offer the rear passengers more space than normal. The rear bench seat can be folded down and moved electrically by up to 135 millimeters.

Eco interior with moving island

The heart of the interior is the new center console on a flat floor, which can be moved up to 140 millimeters. This construction should enable the occupants to get on and off flexibly and lead to greater freedom of movement and comfort. The entire interior is based on environmentally friendly, sustainably sourced materials and thus continues the holistic ecological guiding principle of the Ioniq 5, explains Hyundai. Wherever leather is used, it has been dyed and treated with vegetable oil extracts from linseed. Textiles are made from sustainable fibers such as organic sugar cane, wool and plant-based yarns. Other fabrics are woven from the fibers of recycled PET plastic bottles. Surfaces like the dashboard, the switches,

The moving island of the Ioniq 5 (Image: Hyundai)

Fully digital cockpit is standard

In contrast to the more natural-looking interior, there is the purely digital structure of the dashboard with two 12.25-inch displays that are part of the standard equipment. What is displayed there, the driver should be able to adjust according to individual requirements. Nice detail: to the left of the digital instrument cluster there is a small analog pin board. The centrally positioned screen of the infotainment system is also designed to display Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A third “screen” can be set up in front of the vehicle as an augmented reality display. The AR head-up display should correspond to a perceived diagonal of 44 inches and project the most important driving and vehicle information directly into the driver’s field of vision.

Motorway assistant supports you when changing lanes

Hyundai brings the assistance systems together under the name SmartSense and in the Ioniq 5 is offering the second-generation motorway assistant (HDA 2) for the first time. With this system, the Ioniq 5 can be kept in the middle of the lane and maintain the pre-selected distance from the vehicle in front, supported by a front camera, radar sensors and navigation data as well as targeted steering and braking operations. A new feature of the HDA 2 is the driver’s support when changing lanes. Other driver assistance systems include an autonomous emergency brake assistant, an active blind spot assistant, intelligent traffic sign recognition, an attention assistant and a high beam assistant.

800 volt platform charges in two directions

On the one hand, the new Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) enables the innovative interior, and on the other hand, it provides the 800-volt technology for particularly fast charging processes and the vehicle-to-load function, with which the driver can use the and outside of his vehicle. The Ioniq 5 can be charged at both 400-volt and 800-volt charging points without the need for additional components or adapters. At a 350 kW fast charging station, the battery should come from 10 to 80 percent of its capacity in 18 minutes. A charging time of 5 minutes is sufficient for a range of 100 km, explains the manufacturer. With a large battery and rear-wheel drive, the range should be 470 to 480 km according to the WLTP standard (provisional value). No information is yet available for the other variants.

Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) can be used to feed any electrical devices such as e-bikes, e-scooters or notebooks with up to 230 V alternating current while driving or when stationary. The V2L function delivers an output of up to 3.6 kW. In order to obtain electricity, the car has two V2L connections: One is located under the seats in the second row, and another is located on the outside of the charging connection, which can be used with an adapter for 230-volt end devices.

Further Ioniq models planned

With the new sub-brand Ioniq, more vehicles are planned for the near future. By 2024, Hyundai wants to expand the range of electric vehicles under the sub-brand to include the Ioniq 6 sports sedan and the Ioniq 7 large electric SUV.



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