Hyundai is to make its biggest drop of electric cars to date next week when it offers a total of 470 vehicles, including the new Ioniq 6 for the first time and another 170 of its award winning Ioniq 5 SUVs.
The new drop will occur on Wednesday, February 22 at 1pm AEDT. It will be the biggest drop in Ioniq vehicles in a single month, and promises to be as fiercely contested – and as frustrating for many customers – as past online offerings.
Many of the online drops have been sold out in minutes. Last month, when Hyundai opened its online ordering portal for a record number of 250 Ioniq 5 on January 19, nearly all were sold in under 15 minutes.
This time it would also include the recently launched Ioniq 6 sedan alongside the Ioniq 5 SUV.
This drop will feature for the first time the new Ioniq 6 “streamliner” sedan, with a total of 300 units will be available. The breakdown of the variants available to first-time round customers would include:
- 229 Dynamiq 2WD
- 36 Techniq AWD
- 35 Epiq AWD
Deliveries of the sleek Ioniq 6 sedan would happen within three months of the order placement from next week. Pricing of the Ioniq 6 starts from $74,000 before on-roads for the Dynamiq 2WD model.
The Techniq AWD model is the next variant that adds the dual-motor powertrain to the mix, starting at $83,500. The top-of-the-range Epiq AWD model then starts at $88,000 before on-roads.
The 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 will include 170 electric SUVs at this drop. Configurations on offer to those thinking of getting behind the wheel this time around will include:
- 48 Dynamiq 2WD
- 68 Techniq AWD
- 54 Epiq AWD
Deliveries of the Ioniq 5 will be within 2-4 weeks of orders being placed.
The new Ioniq 6 boasts some unique features that are not found in many EVs available to us in Australia. Apart from its very low drag coefficient which makes it very efficient, the Ioniq 6 can charge from 10-80% in 18 minutes at a 350 kW charger.
At a 50 kW charger, it can be done in 73 minutes. At home, a 7 kW charger will charge the pack in just under 12 hours.
This makes it one of the quickest-charging EVs to hit our shores in 2023.
For the Ioniq 5, Dynamiq 2WD starts at $72,000 before on-roads followed by the Techniq AWD which begins at $79,500. The top-of-the-range Epiq AWD variant starts at $85,000 before on-roads.
The three variants of the new Ioniq 6 “streamliner” electric sedan come in single and dual-motor powertrains. A breakdown of these includes:
- Dynamic grade offers the longest driving range, in a premium package
- Techniq grade brings additional power, all-wheel drive, and an array of extra features
- Epiq is the ultimate grade and features cutting-edge technology including Digital Side Mirrors and a battery conditioning system
Both the Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6 share Hyundai’s Electrified-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) that is built for scalable manufacturing.
The 2023 Ioniq 5 SUV is also unique in it’s powertrain options. It now has a 77.4 kWh battery pack that can deliver up to 454 km of WLTP range in the Epiq and Techniq AWD variants.
For the Dynamiq 2WD variant, the battery pack can deliver up to 508 km of WLTP range which is quite impressive for a car its size.
Hyundai has also said that it anticipates the next few batches to be scheduled for both March and April.
After the 250 Ioniq 5 batch sold out in 15 minutes last month, the Ioniq 5 drop and the all-new Ioniq 6 sedan drop next week will be just as highly anticipated.
Riz is the founder of carloop based in Melbourne, specialising in Australian EV data, insight reports and trends. He is a mechanical engineer who spent the first 7 years of his career building transport infrastructure before starting carloop. He has a passion for cars, particularly EVs and wants to help reduce transport emissions in Australia. He currently drives a red Tesla Model 3.