Announcement of improvements to the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5

Hyundai has officially announced that the 2023 model year Hyundai Ioniq 5 in Europe will get several major upgrades and specification changes.

The list includes (detailed description below):

  • higher battery capacity (77.4 kWh)
  • thermal preconditioning of the battery before fast charging
  • Optional Digital Center Mirror (DCM)
  • Optional Digital Side Mirrors (DSM)
  • Smart Frequency Dampers (SFD)

The 2023 model year version will be available to order in Europe from late spring 2022.

The most significant change seems to be related to the battery capacity of the Long Range version – from 72.6kWh (see European specs here) to 77.4kWh (up 4.8kWh or 6.6% ). Exactly the same as in the US (see specs here). The entry-level battery version (58.2 kWh) will remain available unchanged.

This would essentially confirm the November 2021 rumor that the 77.4 kWh battery version would replace the 72.6 kWh version worldwide.

As a result, the range of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 should increase accordingly, by several percent.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 battery options:

  • 58.2 kWh: 24 modules (288 cells) – entry level version
  • 72.6 kWh: 30 modules (360 cells) – initially available in Europe and South Korea
  • 77.4 kWh: 32 modules (384 cells) – higher capacity version, introduced in late 2021 (North America) and in model year 2023 in Europe

The Kia EV6 was launched a little later, and straight away with the 77.4 kWh battery option (and the entry-level 58 kWh version).

Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP platform (used by Hyundai, Kia and Genesis) uses a modular battery, which can be seen open in an interesting video here.

Hyundai Motor Group E-GMP

Hyundai Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP)

Hyundai Motor Group E-GMP

Another very important novelty is the automatic thermal preconditioning of the battery when navigating to a charging point to improve charging power.

It’s very necessary in cold weather, as a recent test in the US showed, as well as in hot weather (or hard driving when the battery cells get hot).

“Meanwhile, the new Battery Conditioning feature will allow IONIQ 5 to automatically adapt its battery temperature during travel to ensure optimal charging conditions when it reaches the charging point, thereby improving battery performance. actual charging in hot or cold ambient conditions. This feature automatically activates when a charging point is entered into the vehicle’s navigation system using connected routing.”

The 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 will be available with optional digital mirrors, which were initially only offered in South Korea.

There are actually two distinct options:

  • Digital Center Mirror (DCM) – digital interior “mirror”
    “The Digital Center Mirror (DCM) optimizes visibility by providing an unobstructed all-round view to the rear of the car. The DCM camera is installed under the rear spoiler of the IONIQ 5.”
  • Digital Side Mirrors (DSM) – digital exterior mirrors
    “The DSM reduces air resistance and will give IONIQ 5 customers a better rear view, even in bad weather.”

Digital side mirrors (DSM) are a feature that was already available on some of the other electric cars in Europe (standard on the Honda e and optional on the Audi e-tron). In the United States, the DSM is still not authorized by law.

The last change listed for the 2023 model year is the Smart Frequency Dampers (SFDs), which should “Improve rear axle suspension response to increase ride comfort and improve both body control and handling.”

Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President Marketing and Product at Hyundai Motor Europe said:

“IONIQ 5 has proven to be a huge success in the 12 months since its launch, both in terms of sales and brand development. The segment is becoming increasingly competitive and we will deliver enhanced features to defend our position as the technology leader in the automotive industry.

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