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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 revealed for US: Set to wow with edgy looks and 300-mile range

Sharp style and bi-directional charging are just part of Hyundai's new electric SUV. Dive in for more.

Meet the funky, new 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5. While we already saw this guy, the Korean automaker provided US-specific specs for the first time as it gears up to launch locally this fall.

The 2022 Ioniq 5 will initially be available with rear-wheel drive though an all-wheel-drive version will come online a bit later. A 77.4-kilowatt-hour battery and single electric motor pushes out 225 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, and Hyundai is targeting a range of 300 miles in this configuration, though that's also the number the company quoted for the global Ioniq 5 using the much more optimistic European WLTP test cycle.

For the all-wheel-drive version, the 168-kW rear motor is joined by a 74-kW front unit, and total output is rated at 320 hp and 446 lb-ft of torque. However, Hyundai is estimating a range of 269 miles, and says a fully loaded Ioniq 5 Limited AWD will do 244 miles. Final EPA ratings will be published later this year.

Compared to other new EVs, the Ioniq 5's estimated range looks good. The rear-wheel-drive Volkswagen ID 4 is rated at 250 miles, and the most efficient Ford Mustang Mach-E with RWD and the long-range battery gets 305 miles. However, Hyundai's crossover has a distinct advantage over Ford and VW with its rapid charging technology. The 800-volt electrical system means the Ioniq 5 can accept electrons from a super-fast 350 kW fast charger, and the battery can go from 10% charge to 80% in just 18 minutes. Put another way, you can add 68 miles to the Ioniq 5 in just 5 minutes.

However, these fast chargers can be difficult to find, so the Ioniq 5 can also work on the 400-volt legacy infrastructure that's more common. Plugged into a 150-kW charger, you'll have to wait 25 minutes to go from 10% to 80%, or grab 42 miles in 5 minutes. Still, that's not bad.

The interior looks as cool as the exterior.

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If you're charging from home the Ioniq 5 can accept a Level 2 charger pushing out 10.9 kW and get to a full battery in just under 7 hours. Remember, charging isn't linear, so that last 20% takes a lot longer than the first 80% or so, but most customers are likely plugging in overnight anyway.

Even at its quickest pace, 18 minutes is still 18 minutes, so Hyundai made the Ioniq 5's interior a seriously nice place to be. Made with sustainable materials -- including paint made from bean oil -- the interior has a sleek and modern aesthetic. I love the magnetic dashboard and the center console, which can slide 5.5 inches along the flat floor. A center 12-inch screen takes care of infotainment duties, with in-car payments for parking, charging and even Domino's pizza, while a second screen functions as a reconfigurable gauge cluster. Thanks to its super-long wheelbase, the Ioniq 5 has more space inside than both the Mustang Mach-E and ID 4, though it also has the smallest cargo area.

If you need to be productive while waiting to charge, the Ioniq 5 can supply 1.9 kW of power both inside and outside of the vehicle. You can easily keep your laptop charged or -- as the lady in the photo below demonstrates -- use your electric flat iron. The Ioniq 5 can even power tailgating toys like TVs and blenders.

Go on, straighten your hair while you wait for a charge.

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We won't be able to drive the Ioniq 5 for a few months, but Hyundai says its EV has four levels of brake regeneration and is capable of one-pedal driving. Beyond that, the Ioniq 5 features a new smart-pedal system that adjusts the regen level by taking radar into account -- think of it like full-speed adaptive cruise control, but using regenerative power than the actual brakes.

There are four drive modes: Eco, Comfort, Sport and Snow. Each will vary the regen parameters as well as the torque split in all-wheel-drive models. There are plenty of advanced driver's aids, too, including forward-collision avoidance that works when turning left in front of oncoming traffic. The available Highway Driving Assist II now has lane-change assist and can adjust the car's lane position if a vehicle in the adjacent lane tries to cozy up. The adaptive cruise control is also improved with smart learning -- drive as you normally would and the tech will tailor the system to your preferences for acceleration and vehicle spacing. Finally, a new advanced head-up display uses augmented reality to overlay navigation directions and lane safety information. There's also a front vehicle indicator for Ioniqs equipped with HDA II.

Seriously, this thing looks great.

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The 2022 Ioniq 5 will be available in SE, SEL and Limited trims, and pricing will be announced closer to the EV's on-sale date this fall. Knowing Hyundai, it'll probably undercut its key competitors a bit, so expect a price around $40,000 before incentives.

As for the current Ioniq lineup, Hyundai says there won't be another generation of the hybrid, plug-in and full-EV variants. Instead, the new Ioniq sub-brand will launch a whole host of models, including the Ioniq 6 premium sedan and Ioniq 7 midsize SUV.