Hyundai’s latest EV, the Ioniq 5, lands on the Indian soil; but don’t expect it to arrive at the dealerships anytime soon
Hyundai has built its new India headquarters in Gurugram. Haryana’s CM, Manohar Lal Khattar, inaugurated it in the presence of Hyundai India’s MD and CEO, Seon Seob Kim. While this is big news for Hyundai Corporate, for us enthusiasts, the cars there caught our attention. Hyundai noted that the headquarters will have 14 EV charging points, and at one of them, the new Ioniq 5 EV was on display. Given that the Ioniq 5 made its global debut earlier this year, it is surprising to see it in India. Was it just to give the headquarters a little more glamor, or is it a hint that the Ioniq 5 is going to make its Indian debut?
0What’s The Hyundai Ioniq 5 Doing In India?0
Kushan Mitra tweeted a few pictures of the Ioniq 5 from the inauguration of Hyundai’s headquarters. The Ioniq 5 was standing at an EV station in all its glory. Accompanying it were two Genesis products – the G80 sedan and the GV80 SUV.
For the uninititated, here’s all you need to know about the Ioniq 5 in a nutshell:
- * Based on the ‘45’ concept revealed in September 2019 at the Frankfurt Auto Show
- * Underpinned by Hyundai’s electric architecture called Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP)
- * Features a clamshell hood
- * Two sharp U-shaped LED daytime running lights
- * Kinetic cube styled ‘Parametric Pixels’ LED headlights and taillights
- * Nine exterior shades on offer, including five nature-inspired hues
- * Two 12-inch screens – a digital instrument cluster and a touchscreen system
- * Use of sustainably sourced materials such as recycled PET bottles, plant-based yarns, natural wool yarns, etc.
- * Electrically adjustable front seats, cup holders, 15W wireless charger, etc.
- * Vehicle-to-load Technology
- * Two different battery packs on offer – 58 kWh and 72.6 kWh
- * Single motor setup with 58 kWh battery – 168 HP and 350 Nm of torque
- * Dual-motor setup with 58 kWh battery – 232 HP and 605 Nm of torque
- * Single motor setup with 72.6 kWh battery – 215 HP and 350 Nm of torque
- * Dual-motor setup with 72.6 kWh battery – 302 HP and 605 Nm of torque
- * WLTP-estimated range here is 480 kms in the best iteration
- * 0-100 kmph in 5.1 seconds in the best avatar; top speed limited to 185 kmph
As for the dimensions, the global Ioniq 5 measures 4,636 mm in length, 1,890 mm in width, and 1,605 mm inches in height. The wheelbase measures 3,000 mm, which is very long for a car of this length.
0Is It The Right Time For The Hyundai Ioniq To Be Launched Here?0
Honestly, I’d say no. We’ve had a lot of products in the past that were wonderful, but came at the wrong time. The one that comes on top of my mind is the Ford Fusion. It lived for just four years from 2006 to 2010. At that time, people were not accepting of a ‘big hatch’. Had it been launched in the current scenario, it could cannibalize into three niches – pseudo SUVs, sub-four-meter sedans, and premium hatches. If you’re looking for something within the Korean’s lineup, then there was the Getz that went the similar path, although with a little more success than the Ford Fusion. But, I digress.
The Indian EV infrastructure is not yet developed. Period. There aren’t enough public charging stations and electric vehicles are still not highway riders. The current crop of EVs you see today, including the Nexon EV, are at best, urban commuters. You can carefully plan your stops and undertake long trips, but how many of us would be willing to do it? So, to ensure the Ioniq 5 is received well in the market, it’ll be better if Hyundai waits for the EV infrastructure to get better in India.
What do you have to say about the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and its future in India? Should it arrive here? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.