Hyundai Delays IONIQ 5 Electric SUV to Winter 2021 [Update]

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Hyundai unveiled the 2022 IONIQ 5 electric vehicle (EV) earlier this year, and while IONIQ 5 preorders have been open in Canada and the U.S. for most of the summer, Hyundai has apparently delayed delivery of the upcoming mid-sized utility vehicle.

According to recent buyer @Matt Karolian, the 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 EV has been delayed, with the Hyundai site now showing “Coming Winter 2021,” though it previously said “Coming Fall 2021.” The news comes amidst an ongoing electronics supply shortage, though it isn’t clear whether or not Hyundai’s delays are directly related.

Earlier this year, Hyundai paid $900 million USD to replace batteries in recalled Kona EVs, as shown in reports following the IONIQ 5 launch and the launch of the 2022 Hyundai Kona Electric SUV in the U.S.

Hyundai was also in talks with Apple about building the tech company’s autonomous vehicle, though the talks have ceased without any real plans ever set in stone.

Since then, however, Hyundai has gone all-in on EV and self-driving, laying out plans for an IONIQ 5 electric robotaxi with partners at Motional, as well as the announcement of Hyundai company Genesis going all-electric by 2025.

In any case, Hyundai’s IONIQ 5 is likely facing delays like many automakers and EV buyers in recent months, with General Motors (GM) even having to pause production for 1-2 weeks at most of its factories.

Update Sept. 15: Hyundai told Jalopnik that the Ioniq 5 hasn’t been delayed, but rather the change was for “marketing reasons”:

We reached out to Hyundai for clarification, and PR manager Brandon Ramirez told us that the Ioniq 5’s planned October start of production actually hasn’t changed at all. Rather, the language was updated from fall to winter for marketing reasons, because that’s when the majority of dealerships are expected to have cars in stock. Some may get them in earlier. Winter begins December 21, by the way.

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