Real life Tron: Hyundai teases futuristic, electric Ioniq 5
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.