We can't wait to experience it for ourselves.
Hyundai is doubling down on electric vehicles in a big way. Just yesterday, the South Korean carmaker announced that, like Audi, it will no longer be developing new internal combustion engines. Instead, it is investing billions in the US to make building EVs here easier. One of the vehicles that will kickstart the EV revolution for the automaker is the all-new Ioniq 5. This is part of Hyundai's plan to introduce 23 battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and sell 1 million BEV units by 2025. But will the Ioniq 5 win over the buying public? If the features outlined in the below video are anything to go by, then the answer is a resounding yes.
Jose Munoz, president and CEO of Hyundai North America, says: "Ioniq 5 introduces the Hyundai brand to a whole new set of buyers. Once behind the steering wheel, they are going to be shocked by the range, power, comfort, interior space, and advanced technology. Owning one is going to be a new experience and lifestyle that only the Ioniq brand can provide."
So what is there to look forward to? With Hyundai's new Electric Global Modular Platform, there's plenty of interior space and a new, movable center console "island" that can make multiple seating arrangements with loads of space possible. Sustainably sourced materials and parametric, almost geometric, design elements also catch your eye, but it's the ownership experience that will truly set the Ioniq 5 apart.
Olabisi Boyle, Hyundai's VP of Product Planning & Mobility Strategy, explains that the Ioniq 5 will offer the ability to charge from 10 percent to 80 percent in less than 18 minutes. The car also offers a two-way charger that allows you to power appliances and gadgets. You get two 12.3-inch displays as well, plus a head-up display with augmented reality.
Bluelink gets new features too, including in-car payment that allows you to pay for food, parking, and charging right from the infotainment screen. On top of that, you get unlimited charging for two years at Electrify America's network of over 800 charging stations. A new subscription service will include one payment for the vehicle, maintenance, and charging too, boosting the car's appeal to first-time EV shoppers. It all looks fantastic, and with the car arriving at dealers this fall, we don't have long to wait.