Hyundai is gearing up to once again open up orders for its Ioniq 5 electric vehicle (EV) on May 18, 2022 at 1PM AEST.

    A Hyundai Australia spokesperson has confirmed that there are 68 cars in this batch, and says ordering will be available “nationwide” through the existing online portal.

    The Ioniq 5 can be ordered from Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide, although a Hyundai Australia spokesperson said the bulk of cars will be on the east coast.

    All of the Ioniq 5 models in this batch have already been built, and deliveries are expected in May and June 2022.

    There won’t be any custom orders in this batch. A Hyundai Australia spokesperson said the company is choosing popular exterior paint colour and interior combinations.

    There haven’t been changes in pricing and specification for the Ioniq 5, with the single-motor starting at $71,900 before on-road costs and the dual-motor all-wheel drive model starting at $75,900 before on-roads.

    Both are hooked up to 72.6kWh lithium-ion battery pack, with the single-motor variant producing 160kW of power and 350Nm of torque and the dual-motor all-wheel drive variant producing 225kW and 605Nm.

    As detailed in greater depth here Hyundai Australia is selling the Ioniq 5 direct to consumers, bypassing the step of wholesaling them into its franchise dealer network, due to such tight supply.

    It had intended to bring in 400 initially but ended up securing only an initial 240 vehicles for Australia in 2021, which sold out in just over two hours.

    It subsequently opened orders to customers in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory in December 2021. Around 100 vehicles were included in this batch.

    In January, around 70 more were offered to Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth buyers.

    In March 2022 another 100 were made available to buyers in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, and Tasmania.

    Hyundai has sold a total of 335 Ioniq 5 models since its launch in September 2021.

    The Kia EV6 with which the Ioniq 5 shares its e-GMP platform is currently sold throughout the brand’s national dealer network.

    Kia Australia has already gone on the record confirming around 500 units of the EV6 will be available to the Australians in 2022, staggered throughout the course of the year.

    Looking to the future, the Ioniq 5 has been treated to some running upgrades in Europe and the UK that could serve as a guide for what’s coming to Australia as a MY23 update.

    Hyundai Australia couldn’t confirm if or when we’ll see similar changes to Australian-spec Ioniq 5 models.

    As previously reported, Hyundai’s first dedicated EV is now available with a larger 77.4kWh long-range battery, which raises the maximum driving range to 506km.

    There are also other changes such as a new battery heater and conditioning features, digital side mirrors, and a digital rear-view mirror.

    A high-performance Ioniq 5 N is in the works as well with camouflaged prototypes being spied during testing.

    MORE: Everything Hyundai Ioniq 5

    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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