Thankfully, it retains the retro appeal of the 45 Concept.
As with numerous other automakers, Hyundai is on a mission to introduce more electric vehicles into its lineup, so much so that the Korean marque has launched a dedicated Ioniq all-electric brand. The first product to stem from this will be the Ioniq 5 crossover, which is based on the charmingly retro Hyundai 45 Concept. As part of the exciting build-up to the Ioniq 5's launch, Hyundai has now shared the first official teaser images of the vehicle, along with videos demonstrating its fast-charging and generator capabilities. We're happy to report that it doesn't appear to have been significantly toned down from the 45 Concept and is as futuristic as ever.
In front, the Ioniq 5 features block-like daytime running lamps that Hyundai says contain "arrays of pixel-inspired lights". The design also contains Parametric Pixels; in fact, there is no tinier unit of digital imaging. A unique clamshell hood reduces typical panel gaps and succeeds in creating a decidedly modern, sophisticated feel. Along the sides, there are large 20-inch aero-optimized wheels that are the biggest ever to be equipped to a Hyundai EV. At the back, the clean look continues with more rectangular-shaped lights and sharp edges. It looks much more appealing than the existing Hyundai Ioniq EV, that's for sure.
Although described by Hyundai as a CUV (Compact Utility Vehicle), it must be said that the Ioniq 5 blurs the lines between a crossover and a sporty hatchback in its appearance. Hyundai also shared a series of short 'Ultimate Camping' videos to demonstrate the Ioniq 5's 3.5 kW Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) technology that allows it to act as a generator, with enough juice to power a large oven or even a treadmill. It's not as powerful as the Ford F-150 Hybrid's own generator, but then again, this is a smaller crossover, not a large truck. Another video showcased the Ioniq 5's fast-charging capability that allows it to travel for over 100 km (62 miles) on a five-minute charge based on the WLTP standard.
"Ioniq 5 presents an all-new customer experience through innovative EV design that is evocative of the icon that established Hyundai's design DNA," said Senior Vice President and Head of Hyundai Global Design Center, SangYup Lee. "Our dedicated BEV lineup brand will redefine the relationship between people and their cars."
Riding on the brand's new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), you can expect more engaging content prior to the virtual world premiere of the Ioniq 5 next month.