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Hyundai Presents the Ioniq 5 for North America

Author: Derek-BoshouwersPublished:  5/25/2021
Hyundai Presents the Ioniq 5 for North America Hyundai Presents the Ioniq 5 for North America

Hyundai yesterday rolled out its all-new, all-electric Ioniq 5 for the North American market. The crossover features unique, retro-ish styling and delivers an expected range of 500 km from its powertrain and the new EV-only platform Hyundai has developed for its nascent line of Ioniq battery-electric vehicles.

You may recall the distinctive, vaguely Pony-ish 45 concept Hyundai presented at auto shows (including the Montreal event) back in 2019; well this is the production result. And it is a thoroughly modern affait, retro touches or not. There’s LED lighting, and even more strikingly a wheelbase (3,000 mm) that’s actually slightly longer than that of the Palisade SUV (overall length is shorter by 355 than that model, which points to a roomy interior for the dimensions of the vehicle). According to Hyundai, in fact, the Ioniq 5 offers “large-car-like interior space in a compact CUV”.

That’s helped along by a flat floor permitted by the EV configuration. Plus, the centre console slides back or forward by 140 mm for easier access and exit. The second-row seats, meanwhile, also slide and recline. Another innovation is that the driver gets a footrest and power reclining function for a better nap if the situation calls for it.

In keeping with the banner’s image, the interior gets sustainable and recycled materials for many elements inside, from upholstery to plastic.

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