Hyundai has shown the first images of the Ioniq 5, a model that will arrive this year and with which the Ioniq name debuts as a sub-brand focused on electric vehicles, although we have already seen that the model continues to wear the Hyundai insignia both in front and behind. The new protagonist is a compact-size crossover (also called CUV), which means that its philosophy is halfway between that of an SUV like the Tucson and a compact saloon in the style of the Ioniq.
But its design promises to be quite innovative. In fact, in Hyundai, they assure that the design of the Ioniq 5 represents a break from everything done so far by the Korean firm and is typical of electric vehicles that were born as such and not as adaptations of thermal models. Key to this is its new Hyundai Motor Group Global Electric Modular Platform (E-GMP), which will also be used in future models of the Group (Hyundai and Kia) powered electrically.
We have only seen some partial views of the car but we can already get an idea of its appearance. For now, its front is surprising, with a hood that spans the entire width of the car. Under this the optics are inspired by pixels as claimed by the Korean brand, and just below these before reaching the bumper, there is a profile that goes from side to side and that could surprise us if it had lighting capacity. The bumper is muscular as if sculpted to give an image of robustness which the hood also conveys and its lower area is in contrast and includes a wide air intake.
Also know that it incorporates cameras instead of rear-view mirrors we do not know if they will be standard or optional and that its wheel arches describe oblique lines to match the design of the wheels, which are 20 are optimized from one point of aerodynamic view according to they assure in Hyundai and have a striking appearance in polished and black.
And, concerning the rear, its five-door configuration shines with a wide hatch, some optics in the style of the front, and a lower area of the bumper (where the license plate is housed) in contrast. At Hyundai, they claim that the Ioniq 5 is capable of recharging enough to travel 100 km in just 5 minutes, and they also insist on its Vehicle to Load (V2L) technology; that is, in its ability to serve as a power source for various electrical appliances.
They give the example of someone who uses a car battery (of which we do not know its capacity) to cook in an oven listen to music through a lot of high-end speakers and power a treadmill all of which are connected to an outlet located between the rear bench and the floor of the car. According to SangYup Lee, Senior Vice President and Head of Hyundai’s Global Design Center Ioniq 5 presents an entirely new customer experience through innovative EV design that is reminiscent of the icon that established Hyundai’s design DNA. Starting with Ioniq 5, our brand dedicated to the BEV (electric vehicle) line will redefine the relationship between people and their cars setting a new standard by which all BEV design experiences will be measured.