Details of the new Ioniq 5 to be teased in a weekly social media game.
Hyundai recently told us that the Ioniq nameplate would be turned into a standalone EV sub-brand, and while we pored over some leaked details of the Ioniq 5 from earlier this week, this only served to whet our appetite for what promises to be a capable all-electric crossover. Still, it seems the Korean manufacturer enjoys playing hard-to-get, as we've been in suspense over the three new EVs in the Ioniq range for some time; now Hyundai has said that details of the Ioniq 5 will be fed to us, bit by bit, in a weekly social media puzzle.
Rumors about release dates initially left us unsure about whether we'd be waiting until the last quarter of 2021 to see the Ioniq 5. Hyundai has now stated that the all-new battery-electric mid-size CUV will be launched in the first half of 2021. As one of the first vehicles globally to be fitted with a high-power 800-volt charger, the 5 promises thrilling performance, increased driving range, and ultra-fast charging times - from 10% to 80% charged in 18 minutes according to the latest image. With only a few specs and suggestions to go on so far, we're looking forward to gaining new insight into the interior concept, connectivity and safety features, as well as a bit more on the true face of the vehicle.
Competition in the EV segment is fierce, and with exterior design often intended to be attention-grabbing, sharp angles and retro-styling are the name of the game. Some automakers pull this delicate balance off better than others, with the Alpha Ace's charming looks as a good example. But, with polarizing aesthetics and even safety concerns prompting redesigns of even the Tesla Cybertruck, we're looking forward to seeing what the Ioniq 5 will actually look like. As it is based on the Hyundai 45 Concept, we're hopeful that the Ioniq 5 will have both the retro-chic and sci-fi-like look covered.