The Hyundai Ioniq 5 Just got Even More Versatile
Four-wheel steering is not a new concept in the automotive industry, but the Hyundai Ioniq 5 might be taking it to the next level. After the Hummer EV made waves with its “Crabwalk” feature, Hyundai’s electric SUV might be getting something similar. Except, instead of helping to increase off-road capability, this system is made to make life in urban environments easier.
What does e-Corner mean on a Hyundai?
e-Corner is an advanced system that allows a Hyundai SUV‘s four wheels to turn up to 90 degrees. It is currently in prototype form, but Hyundai has been testing it on the Ioniq 5. Essentially, it uses brake-by-wire, steer-by-wire, an electric motor, and an electric damper in all four wheel assemblies.
By doing this, a Hyundai like the Ioniq 5 can rotate its wheels up to 90 degrees. And in practice, it can do some pretty nifty things. The e-Corner system should make things like parallel parking easier and maneuvering the vehicle in general.
Surprisingly, the Ioniq 5 is not the first Hyundai to showcase e-Cornering. It was first shown off back in 2018. But now, it seems like we could actually see it implemented in the real world. According to autoblog, it could be rolled out as soon as 2025. And that is definitely in the near future.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is an EV for the masses
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 was first released for the 2022 model year. And it quickly became clear that it has what it takes to be a popular SUV. It offers unique styling, practicality, and the efficiency of an electric powertrain. Plus, it isn’t all that expensive. At least in terms of being an EV.
In its standard form, the Ioniq 5 boasts a range of 220 miles. But, if you opt for the larger battery pack, you can get a range of 266 miles. Of course, how far it goes in when actually used depends on the conditions that you are driving in.
Is the Hyundai Ioniq 5 the same as the Kia EV6?
The Ionqi 5 rides on the same platform as the EV6. It was built in collaboration between Hyundai and Kia. The biggest difference really comes in terms of design. But, the EV6 also has a performance model known as the Kia EV6 GT.
Both electric SUVs are compatible with DC fast charging. So, when you use the right charging setup, the Ioniq 5 can get an 80% charge in about 20 minutes. And that increases the practicality of this vehicle.
Overall, it seems like consumers are impressed with Hyundai’s electric SUV. It hasn’t really entered the mainstream yet, due to supply issues, but it will likely become a popular vehicle. And if Hyundai does end up adding e-Cornering, it will become an even better SUV. Although, you do have to wonder the reliability of such a system. And, what kind of costs it might add if you have to repair it.