Hyundai has already announced that it is aiming to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025, and for that, it is betting high on its upcoming electric vehicles. Considering that India is one of the key markets for the Korean carmaker, it is all gearing up to launch its electric vehicles from the global lineup in the country. One such vehicle is the Hyundai Ioniq 5.
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The launch of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 might just be around the corner, as the car was recently spotted being driven on the roads of Chennai without any camouflage. In a video uploaded by an Instagram account named ‘Supercars_Chennai’, we can see that an Ioniq 5, in its signature shade of Gravity Gold Matte, rolling down on the streets of Chennai. However, it is not clear that whether this is a test mule or one of the cars imported to India for the use of its top bosses at Hyundai’s corporate office in Sriperumbudur, Chennai.
Hyundai to bring new EVs to India
Hyundai has already commenced its journey towards electrification in India with the Kona Electric SUV, which is the only all-electric product from the carmaker in the Indian car market. However, Hyundai has already shown its keen interest in bringing more electric vehicles to India, including some of the models from its exclusive ‘Ioniq’ sub-brand of all-electric cars.
All the offerings from the ‘Ioniq’ brand will be based on Hyundai’s Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), which has been exclusively developed for all-electric vehicles. The Ioniq 5 was the first car that was developed on this all-new platform. Globally, there are two different options available for the Ioniq 5 – rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.
The rear-wheel-drive version employs a single motor setup for the rear wheels that produces 169 bhp of power and 350 Nm of torque. On the other hand, the all-wheel-drive version has a dual motor setup with one motor on both axles. The combined power and torque outputs of the motors in this version are rated at 306 bhp and 605 Nm respectively.
There are two battery packs available for both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions of the Hyundai Ioniq 5. While the smaller 58 kWh battery pack promises a range of 385 km, the bigger 72.6 kWh battery pack claims 481 km of maximum driving range. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 also comes with 800V battery technology that allows ultra-rapid charging possibility.
The new Hyundai Ioniq 5 is expected to arrive officially in India as an exclusively available CBU product, which will be positioned in a niche space and will be brought in limited numbers. It will be followed by a much more affordable all-electric vehicle in the mass-market segment, which is expected to be launched by 2024.