New Delhi: Hyundai will launch the Ioniq 5 in India at the Auto Expo in January 2023. The automaker has announced that bookings for its new flagship model in the country will officially begin on December 20, 2022.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is a sister model to the Kia EV6, which is already on sale in India. However, while the Kia EV6 comes as a full import, Hyundai will assemble the Ioniq 5 locally.
Hyundai Ioniq 5 will be cheaper than Kia EV6
The Ioniq 5 will be priced competitively compared to the Kia EV6 (Rs 59.96 lakh), which comes here as a CBU (Complete Built-Up). The price difference will be due to the difference in customs duties between CBU and CKD (Completely Knocked Down) cars in India.
Although Hyundai hasn’t confirmed which battery or powertrain configuration it will offer in India, the Ioniq 5 will be some way ahead of the Kia EV6 – which comes with a larger 77.4kWh battery. A Hyundai source told us that the automaker is targeting a sub-Rs 50 crore price point for its flagship EV.
In addition to the Kia EV6, it will take on the Volvo XC40 Recharge and will also compete with similarly priced EVs such as the Mini Cooper SE.
Hyundai Ioniq 5 design inspired by the 45 EV concept
One of the talking points about the Ioniq 5 is its distinctive design, which closely resembles the 45 EV Concept presented at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. The retro look is characterized by sharp lines, flat surfaces and an SUV-like stance, but with a sharply sloping front end glasses.
It also has a pixelated design for the front and rear lights and an intricate design for the aero-optimized 20-inch alloys, making the Ioniq 5 quite different from other Hyundai models.
Hyundai Ioniq 5 Interior
The interior of the Ioniq 5 follows a minimalist approach and features a flat floor, flexible seats and a movable center console that can be moved fore and aft by up to 140 mm.
The cabin is quite spacious, and Hyundai has used sustainable materials such as fabrics made from recycled plastic bottles and eco-leather for the seats and door trims, headliner and carpets. She also used bio-coating on the bumpers, switches, steering wheel and door panels.
In terms of equipment, the Ioniq 5 will get a pair of 12-inch screens for the instrument cluster and infotainment system, a head-up display with augmented reality functions, ADAS and even digital screens to display the rear-view mirrors. However, it remains to be seen how much of this will make it into the model for India.
Hyundai Ioniq 5 Battery and Powertrain Details
Internationally, Hyundai offers the Ioniq 5 with two battery options – 58 kWh and 72.6 kWh – both available in AWD and rear-wheel drive configurations. The smaller battery produces 170 horsepower in rear-wheel drive and 233 horsepower in AWD; the larger battery provides 217 horsepower in rear-wheel drive and 305 horsepower in all-wheel drive.
The smaller battery pack has a range of 383 km in the official test cycle, while the larger battery packs a claimed 481 km (WLTP cycle). The Ioniq 5 supports 800V super fast charging, which can technically charge the battery from 10 to 80 percent in 18 minutes. It remains to be seen which powertrain configuration will make it to India.