The Ioniq 5 debuted as the Hyundai’s first bespoke EV in February 2021 and has earned the South Korean brand recognition worldwide for its futuristic design, innovative technologies, and impressive efficiency and range. Fast forward to 2024, and we’ll see a new Hyundai Ioniq 5 with spruced-up styling, and possibly better specifications to replace an already successful model. Here’s what we expect from the new Hyundai electric car.
Design & Features
In August 2023, an extensively camouflaged Hyundai Ioniq 5 was spotted in Germany. The EV’s license plate confirmed it was registered in the Groß-Gerau district, where the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center (HMETC) is located in Rüsselsheim city. Given the type of camouflage and the location of registration, it was widely reported that this particular Ioniq 5 was an early prototype of the facelifted version.
The heavy disguise doesn’t reveal changes, but we’re sure about what to expect. Hyundai, unlike European automakers, goes to extreme lengths for the mid-cycle refresh programs. In 2020, the company went as far as changing a model’s (fourth-gen Santa Fe’s) platform during a facelift. That said, substantial design revisions or a platform change is unlikely in the Ioniq 5’s case.
We expect revised bumpers, new headlamps, tweaked tail lamps, newly designed alloy wheels (via Instagram/shorts_car), updated instrument cluster and infotainment system, and new sustainable materials in the new Ioniq 5. The updated infotainment system will likely allow customers to use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wirelessly, which is not an option in the current Ioniq 5.
The facelifted Hyundai Ioniq 5 could be optionally offered with Hyundai Mobis’ next-gen headlamps, which operate using densely-packed micro LEDs and a digital micromirror device (DMD). These headlamps can locate objects and pedestrians in the vehicle’s way more accurately and also project road signs for both the driver and pedestrians.
Hyundai offers the Ioniq 5 in the U.S. with SK Innovation-built 58 kWh and 77.4 kWh battery packs, which deliver an EPA-est. range of 220 miles and up to 303 miles, respectively. The company may replace the 77.4 kWh unit with the N variant’s 84 kWh when it introduces the facelift in 2024. The new battery could help increase the EPA-est. driving range to over 325 miles.
While most countries received the Ioniq 5 with a 72.6 kWh battery pack as an option to the 58 kWh battery pack at launch, the U.S. got a 77.4 kWh unit as the extended-range option from day one. It’s hard to see why Hyundai wouldn’t want to introduce the 84 kWh battery pack in the new Ioniq 5 and promote it as a more practical EV.
There’s no word on the changes in the powertrain aspect, but we’re certain that Hyundai will try to package all the necessary hardware and software fixes in the updated model to ensure it doesn’t suffer issues like power loss like the outgoing model. The latter is available with 168 hp/258 lb.-ft. single-motor, 225 hp/258 lb.-ft. single-motor, and dual-motor 320 hp/446 lb.-ft. powertrain options in the U.S. All three powertrains provide the EV with a top speed of 115 mph.
Release Date & Price
The new Hyundai Ioniq 5 could start arriving at U.S. dealerships as a 2025 model in Q4 2024 (October-December 2024), about three years after the outgoing model went on sale in the country. We expect prices to start close to USD 43,000.
The 2025 Hyundai Ioniq 5 could be a more stylish, innovative, efficient, and practical EV than today’s crossover. The facelifted version would also be an opportunity to fix issues and address feedback from early adopters. If priced attractively, it’d make for an appealing budget alternative to the new Tesla Model Y.
New Hyundai Ioniq 5 FAQs
What is the new Hyundai Ioniq 5 release date?
The new Hyundai Ioniq 5 could be launched in the U.S. in the second half of next year for the MY2025.
What will be the new Hyundai Ioniq 5 price?
The new Ioniq 5 could be priced close to USD 43,000 in the base configuration.
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