Real life Tron: Hyundai teases futuristic, electric Ioniq 5

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Words: Matthew Hansen
13 Jan 2021

Hyundai’s assault of new model releases looks set to continue into 2021. Hot on the heels of the new Sonata, i20, i20 N, i30 N, Tucson, Kona EV, Kona N-Line, and more, the firm has confirmed that the reveal of its new Ioniq 5 is imminent.

In doing this Hyundai has shown off a series of shadowy teaser images, all of which underline that the model will share more than a passing resemblance to the firm’s 45 Concept from 2019. It looks absolutely nothing like any other Hyundai produced today, save for the Z-shaped character line set to appear on the sides.

The rectangular LED headlights and taillights from the concept remain, fashioned out of a series of pixels. It also gets a clamshell bonnet that spans the full width of the car, designed to reduce panel gaps and create a cleaner look. Other interesting tweaks compared to the concept include the ‘turbine’-style marks in the wheel cladding.

Hyundai’s Keeping Mum in regards to the Ioniq 5’s fully electric powertrain, but it has dropped a few little details via a series of promotional videos that also act as teasers for the car. These include the fact that it will feature the ability to act as a 110/220V power supply, and fast-charging capabilities that can see it gain 100km of range in just five minutes of charging. Depending on the charger used, of course.

A reported information leak from Hyundai Austria last month indicated that the model will be all-wheel drive, produce 230kW of power, and be able to hit 100km/h in 5.2 seconds. Elsewhere, it’s been speculated that range will hover around 450km per charge. But it’s worth noting that none of this is confirmed as of yet.

The reveal of the Ioniq 5 comes during peak speculation that Hyundai is set to be in cahoots with tech giant Apple. The Korean firm is reportedly set to announce a partnership with Apple in March, which will see it produce the company’s first car — a car likely to lean heavily into electrification and autonomy.

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