Hyundai Ioniq 5 leaked from photoshoot ahead of debut today

Hours before its world premiere in South Korea (02:00 EST), the US-bound Hyundai Ioniq 5 has leaked online. These are pictures of the new electric crossover reportedly from its commercial photoshoot on Jeju Island (South Korea), and they fully reveal the top-end variant replete with pixel-inspired headlights and rear lights, 20-inch two-tone alloy wheels, and virtual mirrors. The production model looks quite close to the 45 concept, and we have talked about it further inside the story.


The exterior of the production Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric crossover is quite close to the concept it evolves from – the Hyundai Concept 45. The teasers show the Hyundai Ioniq 5 featuring the same playful and futuristic character of the Hyundai Concept 45. In addition to the 45-degree angles at the front and rear, which results in a diamond-shaped silhouette, the modern-day Hyundai Pony flaunts pixel-inspired active LED lights at the front and rear.

The Ioniq 5 electric crossover is Hyundai’s first car that has a clamshell hood spanning the entire width. The aero-optimized bi-tone wheels are the largest rims ever seen on a production Hyundai EV, having a diameter of 20 inches.

The Tetris-reminiscent styling on the Ioniq 5 won’t be observed on the front and rear but also on the car’s side structures, and we are not referring to the mirrors. The new electric crossover would have a wedge-shaped charging flap that would open up space for two charging ports and a pixel-inspired charge level indicator. Shutting off the charging flap would be an electric operation, executable by a close button below the charging level indicator, possibly touch-enabled.

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A few days ago, Instagram user shingeun_pic put up images of the the US-spec Hyundai Ioniq 5 for the first time. The marker lights in the futuristic headlamps indicated that the test mule is of the US-spec Ioniq 5. Though they don’t go well with the design, government regulations mandate them, and so, there they are! Customers outside outside North America need not worry about marker lights, though, as their units won’t be shipped with the default ‘clear’ lamp cluster.

In December 2020, a spy picture of a top-end Hyundai Ioniq 5 variant had surfaced online. Apparently, Hyundai Motor plans to offer the Ioniq 5 with virtual exterior mirrors in markets where regulations permit, a technology that had debuted in the Audi e-tron in 2018.

Virtual mirrors would be one of the main visual and aerodynamic highlights of the Ioniq 5. They should be foldable manually like regular ORVMs, incorporating a high-resolution camera. The live video feed of the cameras would be displayed on a dedicated screen placed in the front door panels that offer more information on the surroundings and reduce blind spots.

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Virtual mirrors would be an optional feature on the Ioniq 5, and they would not be offered in all the markets. NHTSA (USA) is still not authorizing them as a replacement for traditional mirrors, so regulation dictates the availability of this technology.


The Hyundai Ioniq 5 would feature a minimalist interior that underlines the simplicity of EVs, with a low-profile dashboard, small steering, compact center console, etc. At the same time, the electric crossover would boast futuristic technologies like AR-enabled head-up display, virtual instrument cluster, autonomous driving, and more. A greater usage of sustainable and recycled materials is expected in this model compared to regular Hyundais.

The pictures here show the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 featuring a flat floor, which is one of the many advantages of dedicated EVs. Also visible is the ‘Universal Island’ sliding floor console, which can be moved back and forth as required. The electric crossover has a slim climate control panel and an electronic drive selection lever placed around the steering wheel.

For part of the leather seat and door armrest, thread made by crushing and processing recycled transparent PET bottles is used. Use of eco-friendly material applies to the doors, dashboard, ceiling, floor, steering wheel, switches, and paint as well.

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Above, possibly the clearest spy video of the interior yet can be seen (at 0:38-0:41). The clubbed virtual instrument cluster and infotainment system screens, and the central AC vents with an ultra-slim build are visible in the visuals. A two-spoke steering wheel and plain door panels with a straight armrest and regular switchgear complement the interior’s minimalist theme.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5’s camera-based virtual mirrors will be integrated with OLED panels made by Samsung Display, Business Korea reported on January 29. Like in the Audi e-tron, the world’s first EV with the revolutionary ORVM technology, it will have Samsung Display-made OLED displays embedded into the interior door panels to show the feed of the side cameras.

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Hyundai will offer the Ioniq 5 with virtual mirrors and a solar roof optionally. Image Source:

Last month, Naver blog user soonjung8116 shared new spy pictures of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 from S. Korea where most of its development is taking place. Some of these images showed the upcoming electric crossover’s interior.

A Hyundai Concept 45-inspired interior design is evident in the spy shots, but it isn’t as futuristic. Where the concept car featured seamlessly integrated displays on a single panel with curved sides, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 has clearly separated displays with thick borders and straight sides. The E-GMP platform will allow reimagining the interior of Hyundai cars. For example, it will be possible to provide highly adjustable seats and unique features such as a glove box designed as a drawer.


The Hyundai Ioniq 5 pack one of the most advanced powertrains ever fitted in any Hyundai, Kia, or Genesis model to the date. It is the first model that sits on the South Korean conglomerate’s first dedicated EV platform called Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). The system voltage is 800 volts, and the maximum charging power supported on E-GMP models will be 350 kW. In the case of the Hyundai Ioniq 5, the charging power will be capped at 232 kW, as per a leak via Hyundai’s Austrian website.

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The Hyundai Ioniq 5 will offer Level II autonomous driving. Image Source:

Last month, a leaked dealer presentation had confirmed that the Ioniq 5 will indeed come in RWD and AWD variants. The AWD variant will generate a maximum power of 310 hp and not 308 hp as per the leak on Hyundai’s Austrian website in December 2020. The dealer document reveals that the upcoming electric crossover gets completely reclining seats, mobile console, 44-inch AR head-up display, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and Level II autonomous driving system. The cargo space available behind the seats will be 600 litres or 21.1 cubic feet.

Hyundai has announced that the Ioniq 5 can be charged from 10-80% as quickly as in just 18 minutes, and with just 5 minutes of charging, a range of more than 100 km (WLTP) can be achieved. As per the leak, the top-end configuration will have an AWD drivetrain layout. Two motors, one at the front axle and one at the rear, will generate 230 kW or 318 hp of system power. A 0-62 mph sprint in this configuration will take just 5.2 seconds. A solar roof will be available as an option, and the range will be around 450 km (WLTP).

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Hyundai will offer a solar roof option for the Ioniq 5. Image Source: Hyundai

Earlier this month, reported that the Hyundai Ioniq 5 will be launched in two configurations – 58 kWh/450 km (280 miles) and 74 kWh/511 km (318 miles) WLTP range.


The Hyundai Ioniq 5 will be feature-packed outside and inside. The exterior features would include pixel-inspired futuristic headlights and rear lights, 20-inch alloy wheels, and digital mirrors, which make the vehicle not only look more futuristic but also enhance its aerodynamics. Interior highlights should be configurable fully digital instrument cluster, AR-enabled head-up display, natural voice recognition, newly developed touchscreen infotainment system, moving center console, etc.

Hyundai highlighted two special capabilities of the Ioniq 5 in teaser videos last month: Vehicle to Load (V2L) technology and ultra-fast charging. Customers will be able to use V2L technology, with which the EV becomes a power generator to operate electric machinery (110-volt/220-volt). For example, on a camping trip, the V2L function can supply up to 3.5 kW of power a large oven for roasting a turkey, high-end audio speakers for listening to music, and a treadmill for exercising in pristine nature!

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In an urban scene, say at home during a power outage, the EV’s battery pack can be used to run a mid-sized air conditioner and a 55-inch television for up to 24 hours. If an EV runs out of charge, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 can be a rescue vehicle, because it can slow-charge another EV’s battery with the V2L function. Using the V2L function in the Hyundai Ioniq 5 needs no additional components. This has become possible because it has an Integrated Charging Control Unit (ICCU) instead of an On-Board Charger (OBC).


The Hyundai Ioniq 5 prices in South Korea, possibly its first market of launch, are likely to start above $45,500. According to a report from The Korea Herald, the base Hyundai Ioniq 5 could cost KRW 50 million, which converts to approx. $45,200. This price should be the retail figure before central and state government subsidies apply. South Korea offers some of the best incentives in the world for electric vehicles, and last year it announced up to KRW 18.2 million (approx. USD 16,500) one-time purchase subsidy for an electric car buyer.

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The Hyundai Ioniq 5 will come with a solar roof option as seen in this spy shot shared by

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 will be the first of 15 new battery EVs Hyundai Motor Group plans to launch by 2025. It will expand its battery EV line-up from currently eight models to 23 by the middle of the decade.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 US launch & release

At the end of last month, a new report from M Auto Daily said that Hyundai plans to launch the Ioniq 5 in Europe before any other market, in March. Given that Hyundai Ioniq 5 pre-orders have opened in some European countries like Austria, it was apparent that the European launch was a priority. Further, the report says that Hyundai will launch the Ioniq 5 in South Korea after Europe and then in the United States.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 US launch could take place this fall, but the SK Innovation ban might delay the release. The International Trade Commission (ITC) has put a 10-year ban on SK Innovation’s battery business in the US, and reports say that the Hyundai Ioniq 5 will come with battery packs manufactured by the same South Korean company.

Ioniq 5 specificationValue
Length (in)183
Width (in)74.4
Height (in)62.9
Wheelbase (in)118.1
Drivetrain LayoutRWD/AWD
Motor PowerUp to 230 kW (308 HP)
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)5.2 s
Travel Range (mi)280 (WLTP)
Charging Peak Power232 kW
Fast-Charging time (10-80% SoC)18 minutes
Additional featuresFlat floor, flexible seating, virtual mirrors & solar roof
Launch dateJune 2021 (Austria)
CompetitorsVW ID.4, Toyota BZ3X & Tesla Model Y
Hyundai Ioniq 5 specs compiled from the Hyundai Austria website

Hyundai Ioniq 5 FAQ

What is the Hyundai Ioniq 5 release date?

Hyundai is likely to launch the Ioniq 5 in the U.S. market in H2 2021.

What will be the Hyundai Ioniq 5 price?

Hyundai will likely price the Ioniq 5 from around $42,000.

Which electric SUVs will the Hyundai Ioniq 5 compete with?

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 will rival the Kia CV and the VW ID.4.

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