Update: Hyundai reached out with the following statement: “Actually, IONIQ 5 will still start to arrive at dealerships (as planned) by the end of the year or Fall. The timing remains unchanged. There was an initial error in reporting from Electrek.”
It was back in February when Hyundai introduced the Ioniq 5 but the United States had to wait until May to see the local version. It was supposed to go on sale in North America this fall, but now the company has confirmed reports about the electric SUV being pushed back. Electrek has learned from the South Korean brand the model’s rollout stateside has been delayed by several months.
The company’s US website already reflects the change as it no longer says “coming fall 2021.””Instead, viewers are being informed about a winter arrival for the Ioniq 5, without an exact date. It could mean the first cars will be delivered to customers right before the New Year in a best-case scenario or Hyundai has plans to ship the zero-emissions SUVs from the first days or weeks of 2022.
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Hyundai USA still hasn’t announced pricing details for the 2022 Ioniq 5, but has promised a targeted driving range of 300 miles for the rear-wheel-drive model with a single electric motor. The AWD versions with a pair of e-motors will be good for 269 miles on a single charge, except for the range-topping Limited model which will make do with only 244 miles. It’s likely because the flagship trim is loaded with features and therefore is heavier, negatively impacting efficiency.
Measuring118.1 inches between the axles, the Ioniq 5 will have the longest wheelbase of any vehicle sold by Hyundai in the US. The RWD version will push out 225 hp and 258 lb-ft whereas the AWD model will up the ante to 320 hp and 446 lb-ft. Regardless of your pick, all configurations are going to be electronically capped at 115 mph and will boast a towing capacity of 1,500 pounds.
By riding on the E-GMP platform, the Ioniq 5 has been engineered to support fast-charging at 350 kW, in which case it takes only 18 minutes to juice up the battery from 10% to 80%. In just five minutes of charging, the battery gains enough energy for 68 miles provided the owner is using the aforementioned 350-kW connection.
You’re in for a long wait for the mechanically related Kia EV6 as deliveries won’t start until early 2022 while the sportier EV6 GT is programmed to hit US soil by late next year. The Genesis GV60 has yet to be announced for North America, but it goes without saying it too will go on sale next year.