Hyundai Ioniq 5 teased for the first time, to debut in February [Video]

The first teasers of the Ioniq 5 have been released by Hyundai confirming that the exterior of the production 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.

Also worth noting is the fact that the Ioniq 5 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.

Hyundai has also highlighted two capabilities of the Ioniq 5 in new teaser videos: Vehicle to Load (V2L) technology and ultra-fast charging. Customers will be able to use V2L technology, with which the EV becomes basically a power generator to operate other 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.

Video Source: youtube.com/HyundaiWorldwide

In an urban scene, say at home during a power-cut, the power from 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 rescuer, 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 sits on the Hyundai Motor Group’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.

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).

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

On Monday, 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.

Last month, a spy picture of a top-end Hyundai Ioniq 5 variant 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.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 front quarters spy shot
Hyundai will offer the Ioniq 5 with virtual mirrors and a solar roof optionally. Image Source: autospy.net.

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.

In other recent Hyundai Ioniq 5 updates, we learned that its price in South Korea, possibly its first market of launch, is 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. $45,900. 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 45,600) one-time purchase subsidy for an electric car buyer.

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

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 will be the first of 15 new battery EVs Hyundai Motor Group plans to launch by 2025. In an announcement this month, HMG had said that it plans to expand its battery EV line-up from currently eight models to 23 by the middle of the decade.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 US launch

Hyundai Motor Group has confirmed that it will launch the Hyundai Ioniq 5 in the U.S. market. Expect the company to start selling its first dedicated EV as early as fall this year.

Ioniq 5 specificationValue
Length (in)183
Width (in)74.4
Height (in)62.9
Wheelbase (in)118.1
Drivetrain LayoutAll Wheel Drive
Motor Power230 kW (313 PS)
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)5.2 s
Travel Range (mi)279.6 (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 & Renault compact SUV on the CMF-EV
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.