Hyundai is at the forefront of the electric vehicle game. They have so many amazing cars out there right now that are inspiring the marketplace with all sorts of new editions pf past legends. In particular, the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5. It’s a revolutionary new EV that comes with some pluses, minuses and in-betweens. To be honest, it might be the smartest SUV to go with right now if for no other reason than to see—and feel—the Ioniq do a crabwalk. No joke, it can actually line itself up perfectly to fit in any parking space it fits into. You may call it a lateral move, but I call it a forward momentum into the future of parking convenience.
They Weren’t The First And They Won’t Be The Last
If you remember clearly, you’d know GMC beat Hyundai to it first with their comeback model, the 2022 Hummer EV, integrating it’s very own crab walk capacity for the benefit of anyone, driven to park their cars safely and without worry.
So to see Hyundai enact this slowly, but surely, increasing trend on their own SUV is just amazing. The car utilizes and perfects the crabwalk as it’s very own “e-Corner” steer system. The point of it is to allow the car to be independently adjusted well enough to handle the road with a chilled ferocity unlike anything we’ve seen prior.
So far it’s a hit in that each wheel is capable enough to turn 90 degrees individually, with majorly-tight parking jobs being it’s key focus.
It really is quite simple, as once the Ioniq 5 zeroes in on it’s co-ordinates, the parallel parking it so easily perfects will leave room for 180-degree pivots and even 360-degree tank turns. All while seemingly staying in-place. And so, e-Corner not only impresses but improves upon the original fanatic craze of driving. You have Hyundai’s very own Mobis parts division to thank for that, since they’re the ones who incorporate in-wheel motors and bespoke brake/steer-by-wire infrastructure to hold it all together.
The jury’s still out on whether or not e-Corners will be mass-produced just yet, but if you want my two cents, I say it’d be a game-changer of mass proportions.
What Else Is So Cool About The Ioniq 5?
At the RWD offering, you can get 303-miles of range, 225 hp and a pricetag of only $50,000. The liftgate is sensor-operated, the steering wheel will keep you warm and let’s just say you won’t have to worry about disorienting lighting during more intimate road trips.
The front-facing trunk, however, skimps on the capacity of room and there is no installed compatibility for your Apple Carplay or Android Auto-freaks. But it still allows for a rambunctious amount of fun as you tackle the road, without leaving a carbon-footprint of note. All you would really have to do to keep the good times rolling is charge it with a 360-kilowatt DC fast-charger and BAM! Suddenly your car is much cooler than those pretentious Lucid Air owners or Mustang Mach-E bros.