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Hyundai to launch Ioniq 5 N Line in Oz

Highly specified N Line variant to join facelifted Ioniq 5 range mid-year, says Hyundai

4 Mar 2024

HYUNDAI has announced details of its forthcoming Ioniq 5 update and new Ioniq 5 N Line grade this week, the all-electric vehicle range featuring what the South Korean importer says are product enhancements, new features, and design upgrades.


Key to the changes is an increased battery capacity of 84.0kWh, up from 77.4kWh on the predecessor, which in turn increases driving range.


Visually, the updated Ioniq 5 range sports a redefined V-shape garnish and restyled front and rear bumper covers Hyundai says emphasises the model’s “low and wide SUV stance”. The changes mean the model is now 20mm longer (to 4655mm), but unchanged in all other proportions (1890mm wide, 1605mm high, and 3000mm in wheelbase).


Additionally, the Ioniq 5 will feature an extended rear spoiler (+50mm) Hyundai says improves its aerodynamic performance, alongside newly designed aerodynamic wheels.


Internally, the Ioniq 5 offers improved usability and convenience courtesy of physical buttons for most-used functions, including those for the first row heated- and ventilated seats, heated steering wheel, and parking assist function. The inductive smartphone charging pad has also been relocated.


Further, a new steering wheel design with interactive pixel lights has been implemented, and the arrangement of the infotainment and HVAC controls improved to “enhance operational convenience”.


Joining these changes is the introduction of Hyundai’s next-generation connected car Navigation Cockpit (ccNC) and Over-The-Air (OTA) updates technology suite the brand says ensures the vehicle’s major electronic controls remain up to date.


These features joining new safety and convenience features including a Hands-On-Detection (HOD) steering wheel, Lane Keep Assist 2, Remote Smart Parking Assist 2 (RSPA 2), forward/side/reverse parking collision avoidance assist, Intelligent Front Lighting System, Digital Key 2, a built-in dash cam, and second-row seat remote folding.


Importantly, the Ioniq 5 has also been adjusted to offer what Hyundai says is a safer and more comfortable ride. The damper settings have been altered to reduce vibrations from the road, while the rigidity of the cowl crossbar has been increased to lessen vibration felt through the steering wheel.


Reinforcements at the rear wheel and the lower part of the vehicle have been doubled, resulting in improved stability and agility, Hyundai says. The overall stiffening of the body has enabled a reduction in low-frequency noise while additional sound insulation enhances overall quietness.


To further bolster the safety credentials of the Ioniq 5, the manufacturer has reinforced the body, front and rear doors and the B-pillar to improve side collision protection. The vehicle also features eight airbags, including second-row side airbags.


Joining the line-up in mid-2024 – and sitting between the regular Ioniq 5 range and flagship Ioniq 5 N – is the addition of the new variant dubbed Ioniq 5 N Line.


Hyundai says the Ioniq 5 N Line variants is expected to “meet increased demand for sporty styling, appealing to customers who seek a dynamic driving experience”.


Pricing for the variant is yet to be announced.


The Ioniq 5 N Line variant is distinguished by a more aggressive appearance with a sportier front and rear design, unique bumper covers, stylish side skirts, and 20-inch grade-specific aluminium wheels.


Inside, the cabin features an exclusive N Line design with a dedicated N Line steering wheel and dashboard, N Line metal pedals, black headlining, sports seats with N logo, and contrasting red stitch work on two seat covering options.


Hyundai Motor Company Australia (HMCA) says the enhanced Ioniq 5 and new Ioniq 5 N Line ranges will enter production this month (March 2024) ahead of introduction into the local market from the middle of this year.


Further details, including pricing and specifications, will be announced closer to that time.

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