The fully-electric Hyundai Ioniq 5 has received upgraded hardware for 2023 with hundreds of models already set aside for Australia
The updated MY23 Ioniq 5 midsize SUV has gained upgraded hardware including bigger batteries with more range – plus more powerful motors across the lineup – as well as a new Epiq grade that will join the range in late 2022.
The new flagship grade will not be included in the inbound batch, which will instead be populated by the existing RWD Dynamiq and AWD Techniq grades.
Hyundai says the new batch will be available to order at 1pm on October 26 in all states and territories, aside from the Northern Territory, though it’s unclear when the Korean carmaker expects to deliver the Ioniq 5s to owners.
Hyundai has upgraded the battery pack underpinning all Australia Ioniq 5s to a 77.4kWh lithium-ion battery that currently underpins the closely-related Kia EV6.
The larger battery replaces the old 72.6kWh and will be paired to the 168kW/350Nm single-motor, rear-wheel-drive Dynamic and the dual-motor, 239kW/605Nm Techniq and Epiq grades.
The powertrains have seen a power increase of 8kW and 14kW respectively, with the AWD models trimming their 0-100km/h time down to 5.1 seconds.
Hyundai says the driving range of the RWD model now sits at 507km, up from 481km, while AWD models can travel 454km on a single charge, up from 430km, with both tested according to the typically more accurate WLTP standard.
A new suspension tune has been added to the Ioniq 5 to suit the larger battery, with the bump adsorption, wheel and body control said to be a key improvement of the new settings.
Service intervals have also been doubled from every 12 months/15,000km to a lengthy 24 months/30,000km.
Prices for the Dynamiq and Techniq grades now stand at $72,000 and $79,500 before on-road costs, representing an increase of $2100 and $2000 respectively, but both sit well adrift of the Epiq at $85,000.
The added cost of the flagship grade is justified with key upgrades over the mid-spec Techniq, including digital side mirrors (recently seen on the Ioniq 6 sedan), a panoramic sunroof and a heat pump system that can be used to warm the interior more efficiently.
The heat pump can also be used to warm the battery of the Ioniq 5 in colder conditions that would ordinarily hamper driver performance and charging speeds.
It builds on the relatively comprehensive list of standard features fitted to the entry-level Ioniq 5 Dynamiq, with highlights such as the dual 12.3-inch displays and leather upholstery found across the line-up.
Other standard features include a head-up display, a 360-degree camera, 10-way power adjustable and heated front seats, a wireless phone charger, key fob remote parking and a Bose eight-speaker sound system.
The futuristic exterior design is complimented by LED headlights and tail-lights as standard, as well as 19-inch alloy wheels, power-folding mirrors and a power tailgate that opens up to reveal a 527-litre boot.
Opting for the mid-spec Techniq grade nets heated rear seats and steering wheel, along with ventilated front seats with a ‘relaxation’ mode when charging, larger 20-inch wheels, rear door sunshades and a 25-litre storage compartment under the bonnet.
All prices listed are before on-road costs.
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