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Hyundai IONIQ 5 makes its Indian debut: Booking details, features, price, availability

Highlights

  • Hyundai has revealed the IONIQ 5 for the Indian market, making it the company’s second EV in the region
  • The automaker is also accepting online bookings for the EV through its website
  • Separately, Hyundai has unveiled the 2023 global refresh of the Kona Electric, in addition to new petrol and hybrid models

Hyundai India has formally launched the IONIQ 5 electric SUV in the country while also opening bookings for the EV. The company hasn’t shared full pricing details, but the company is likely to share more information on this front over the coming weeks. Interested buyers can pre-book the IONIQ 5 for Rs 1 lakh from the automaker’s website.

On top of the wide range of features available with the IONIQ 5, the one that takes the cake is its ability to power up small-sized homes using the Vehicle To Load (V2L) functionality. This feature allows the bidirectional flow of electricity from the battery to external devices.

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Hyundai says the V2L feature on the IONIQ 5 can give back up to 3.6 kW of power, provided you’re using a compatible converter for your devices. One V2L port is available on the outside, which will likely be the most used since it can be accessed even when the vehicle is off. There’s another V2L port situated beneath the second row of seats that can only be used when the EV is on.

Hyundai IONIQ 5 features and range

As you would expect from a modern SUV, the IONIQ 5 is quite robustly built and is 1,625mm high with a length of 4,635mm. It’s 1,625mm wide, which puts it on par with most SUVs on the market today, ICE versions included.

The car really shines on the inside, too, featuring a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, plus a 12.3-inch instrument cluster, five USB ports and wireless smartphone charging. Customers will also appreciate the impressive ambient LED lights on the inside, and several other digital features, including keyless entry (proximity-based).

Performance is aided by a 160 kW electric motor on the rear wheels delivering 217PS and 350 Nm of torque. This enables the EV to go from 0 to 100 kmph in just 7.4 seconds, according to the manufacturer.

Hyundai provides the IONIQ 5 in two battery variants — 58 kWh and 72.6 kWh, with the latter being the sole option available for Indian consumers. Courtesy of the larger battery pack, the IONIQ 5 can run up to 631 km on a full charge. Additionally, the battery supports 800V fast charging, taking it from 10% to 80% in a miserly 18 minutes.

Hyundai IONIQ 5 expected pricing and availability

While precise pricing details haven’t been disclosed yet, reports suggest that the IONIQ 5 could cost below the Rs 50 lakh threshold. As we mentioned above, with bookings already available, it shouldn’t take long for the South Korean automaker to divulge pricing information. As for availability, reports predict a January 2023 timeline, although Hyundai hasn’t confirmed this.

The IONIQ 5 would be Hyundai’s second EV in India, following the Kona Electric, which is available starting at Rs 24 lakhs in India. Speaking of which, Hyundai also unveiled the 2023 refresh of the Kona Electric for the international markets this week while also launching petrol and hybrid versions of the automobile. It’s currently unclear whether these models will make their way to India.

 

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