After the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5’s tremendously exciting world debut earlier this year, we’re finally privy to some detailed specs on the U.S.-bound EV crossover SUV. Thankfully, strong power, good range, and fast charging makes the retrofuturistic Ioniq 5 much more than just a pretty electric face when it lands on dealer lots later this year.
At launch, American buyers have the choice of just one battery pack and two motor configurations. All U.S.-market Ioniq 5s will carry the same 77.4-kWh battery unit that feeds either a single rear-mounted motor or the hotter dual-motor AWD layout. With just the single rear motor, power is a reasonable 225 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, enough for a 0-60 mph run somewhere in the low 7.0-second area and a targeted range of 300 miles.
Jumping to the dual-motor layout adds a 74-kW motor in the front in addition to the 165-kW motor in the rear. Mo’ motors, mo’ powah; the AWD configuration is rated to a combined 320 hp and 446 lb-ft, enough for a 0-60 mph run just under the 5.0-second mark. With more stuff sucking down volts, the dual-motor’s range is expected at 269 miles. Spec yours with the fancy—but heavy—panoramic glass roof, and the range target drops to 244 miles.
When you do run low on juice, every Ioniq 5 arrives with both 400- and 800-volt charging capabilities. In ideal conditions and hooked up to a 350-kW charger, the battery can go from 10- to 80-percent in just 18 minutes; in the same environment, five minutes of charging is enough for 68 miles of range for those in a hurry. Stuck at home? Sorry, it will take 6 hours and 43 minutes tethered to a standard 10.9-kW charger to brim the battery.
Pricing is still not available as of this writing, but we predict a starting price somewhere in the upper $30,000 or lower $40,000 range, enough to pose real threat to the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Volkswagen ID4, Tesla Model Y, and the forthcoming Nissan Ariya. It should be cheap to run regardless of the MSRP; Hyundai includes two years of free, unlimited 30-minute fast charge sessions at Electrify America stations.
Production has apparently already begun, and you can expect to see the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 rolling around American streets sometime this summer—as long as the ongoing chip shortage doesn’t muck things up.
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