The all-electric hot hatch will be with us any day now.
It's been more than a year since we took a crack at envisaging the design of the upcoming Hyundai Ioniq 5 N, and we still don't know exactly what the production version will look like. We've caught test mules undergoing development on more than one occasion, but each sighting thus far has been of a mule that is not wearing the production car's body.
But that has all changed today, as our photographers have snapped the all-electric hot hatch/crossover in its final form near the Nurburgring, albeit still with plenty of camouflage. Clearly, the time for hiding is almost at an end for the Ioniq 5 N.
We'll be the first to admit that spotting any changes over previous test cars is a bit of a challenge, but the front spoiler is certainly deeper and more aggressive. The grille in the front fascia is also clearly visible, showing a distinctive design that makes it clear this is an N model. There's not much to talk about on the profile, but those wheels certainly are sexy. We imagine a little more paint will make its way to these wheels to make them pop properly, but the look is perfect, evoking both a sporty presence and a nod to efficiency through spokes that are meant to look like aero discs that were never quite finished.
At the back, an aggressive and rather large roof spoiler is evident with a V-shaped recess in the center, while the angular rear bumper appears to have provision for a faux diffuser, as is customary these days. We expect similarly sporty touches inside with unique seats and trim elements, along with metal (or metal-look) pedals.
As for the performance of this hotly anticipated EV, we expect that the Kia EV6 GT's output will be mirrored here, meaning 577 horsepower and 546 lb-ft of torque. If it matches that car, the Ioniq 5 N will do 0-62 mph in around 3.5 seconds and top out at 162 mph. This will certainly be worth the wait, but we're getting impatient. Come on, Hyundai. Let us have at it.
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