Hyundai's Ioniq 5 Looks Incredible In The Metal

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Days after its official unveiling, it's been spotted in the wild.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 debuted this week as the Korean automaker's first-ever bespoke electric car sold under the new Ioniq sub-brand. So far, the Ioniq 5 has only been shown off in staged studio shots with color enhancements that make the car look as visually dazzling as possible. This can sometimes be deceptive and not representative of how the car looks in the real-world. Fortunately, our spy photographers recently caught Hyundai testing the production Ioniq 5 completely undisguised, allowing us to see what the Ioniq 5 looks like in the real world for the first time with no image enhancements.

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While the press shots showed the Ioniq 5 finished in gray, this real-world example is painted in Phantom Black Pearl with contrasting silver body cladding that stands out a lot more in the real-life photos. It still looks stylish, but the styling looks more subdued thanks to the less eye-catching exterior color and snow-covered setting.

We also get a better idea of how the car's proportions look in real life. While the Ioniq 5 looks like a compact hatchback in the press photos, it's classed as a mid-size SUV that's larger than a Tucson and, surprisingly, has a 3.9-inch longer wheelbase than the Pallisade SUV.

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Underpinned by Hyundai's new Electric-Global Modular Platform, the Ioniq 5 will be available with a 58- or 72.6-kWh battery pack and either a single electric motor or a dual-motor setup. In the AWD variant with a 72.6-kWh battery, the two electric motors produce a combined 301 horsepower and 446 lb-ft of torque, enabling the Ioniq 5 to sprint from 0-62 mph in 5.2 seconds before topping out at 115 mph.

On a single charge, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 will provide just shy of 300 miles range with 2WD and a 72.6-kWh battery, and charging the battery from ten percent to 90 percent takes 18 minutes with a 350-kW charger. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 will go on sale in the US this fall, but pricing hasn't been announced yet.

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