11 months after it went on sale in the UK, Hyundai is set to introduce a new version of its all-electric Ioniq 5 Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV).
The Volkswagen ID.4 rival is going to be available with two battery pack options, the existing 58kWh unit being joined by a larger one rated at 77.4kWh, although exact range and charging times for the latter have still to be announced.
The introduction of a new conditioning feature that allows the car to automatically adapt its battery temperature while travelling is another keynote development.
The benefits of this, say Hyundai, is that it ensures optimal charging conditions when the vehicle is connected to a charging point, “improving real-life charging performance in hot or cold ambient conditions”.
The system has been designed in such a way that the programme activates automatically when a charging point is entered into the vehicle’s satellite navigation system.
Other enhancements to the revised Ioniq 5 range include the debut of video-based digital interior and exterior mirrors.
Similar to that seen on Jaguar Land Rover vehicles, the ‘Digital Centre Mirror’ improves visibility by providing an unobstructed, panoramic rear-facing view thanks to a camera installed below the rear roof spoiler.
The first model from the manufacturer’s new pure-electric sub-brand also gets ‘Digital Side Mirrors’. Already available on Korean-spec versions, this is the first time the technology will enter service in the UK market.
Hyundai says the mirrors “reduce air resistance and will provide Ioniq 5 customers with an enhanced rear view, even in bad weather”.
A smoother ride is being promised, meanwhile, thanks to the introduction of ‘Smart Frequency Dampers’. On top of a more compliant ride, the set-up has been engineered for sharper body control and handling.
“The Ioniq 5 has proved to be highly successful in the 12 months since its launch, both in terms of sales and brand building,” said Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President Marketing and Product at Hyundai Motor Europe.
“The segment is growing increasingly competitive, and we will be offering enhanced features to defend our position as technology leader in the automotive industry,” he added.
UK prices and final specifications for the 2023 model year Ioniq, 5 which will be available to order from Spring time, are to be confirmed in the coming weeks.