From next year, the Hyundai IONIQ 5 will be available with an uprated new 77.4kWh battery, as well as some additional enhancements and new features that will go towards improving the driving experience of its award-winning fully electric midsize CUV and will also include optional battery conditioning and video-based digital mirrors.
Launched in February last year, the IONIQ 5 was the first model based on Hyundai Motor Group’s dedicated BEV platform, Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). Popular with customers, the car has won several industry awards across Europe, including the Auto Express Car of the Year award.
Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President Marketing and Product at Hyundai Motor Europe, says:
“IONIQ 5 has proved to be highly successful in the 12 months since its launch, both in terms of sales and brand building. The segment is growing increasingly competitive, and we will be offering enhanced features to defend our position as technology leader in the automotive industry.”
The new battery conditioning feature will enable the IONIQ 5 to automatically adapt its battery temperature whilst being driven to ensure optimal charging conditions when reaching a charging point. This will improve real-life charging performance in both hot and cold ambient conditions and is activated automatically when a designated charging point is keyed into the vehicle’s navigation system using connected routing.
Another first on the updated IONIQ 5 will be the video-based digital interior and exterior mirrors. The Digital Centre Mirror (DCM) optimises visibility by providing an unobstructed, panoramic rear-facing view of the car thanks to the DCM camera being mounted below IONIQ 5’s rear spoiler.
The IONIQ 5 will also be fitted with Digital Side Mirrors (DSM) which are currently available on all Korean-spec IONIQ 5 models. The DSM reduce air resistance and will provide the driver with an enhanced rear view, even in poor weather conditions.
Ride comfort has been improved with Smart Frequency Dampers (SFD) which help with both body control and handling.
UK prices and final specification are still to be confirmed, but the 2023 model IONIQ 5 will be available to order from late Spring. For more information, please visit: www.hyundai.co.uk
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man Behind The Wheel, a professional photographer and former saloon car racing driver.
Photograph courtesy of Hyundai Motor UK