Hyundai Caught Testing New Tesla Fighter

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And it looks nearly production-ready.

Last month, Hyundai outlined plans to expand its electrified lineup to ten vehicles by the end of 2022. These will include two fully electric models sold under the Korean automaker's new Ioniq sub-brand. Our spies have caught Hyundai testing a prototype of the Ioniq 5, which will take the form of a compact electric crossover inspired by the retro-styled 45 Concept.

While the prototype is covered up, production headlights and taillights have been fitted with a similar angular design as seen on the concept. As expected, the design of the production model looks toned down compared to the radical-looking concept, with less sharp edges and a more gently sloping roofline.

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However, the production car's silhouette looks similar to the concept and design cues such as the tailgate spoiler have been retained. Even the concept's intricate alloy wheel design has carried over. We're confident that Hyundai is onto another winner after wowing us with redesigned versions of the Sonata and Tucson.

Technical specifications are still unknown, but reports claim the battery pack will offer a range of around 280 miles and support ultra-fast charging stations that will charge the battery up to 80 percent in 15 minutes.

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Judging by these new spy shots, the development of Hyundai's new Tesla fighter appears to be at an advanced stage, so an official reveal can't be too far away. Sales of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 are expected to start in March 2021 in Europe and next July in the US, so there's a good chance the production model will debut later this year or early next year.

Joining the Ioniq 5 by the end of the 2022 will be the Ioniq 6, which will be inspired by the Prophecy Concept, followed by the larger Ioniq 7 electric SUV in 2024. All Ioniq models will be underpinned by Hyundai's new dedicated E-GMP electric car platform.

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