Details of the EV sub-brand's first model have leaked ahead of the big reveal.
Earlier this year, Hyundai announced it would be spinning off the Ioniq name into a standalone EV sub-brand, with a launch plan of three models: a mid-size crossover called the Ioniq 5, a sleek sedan called the Ioniq 6, and a large SUV dubbed the Ioniq 7. Of those, the Ioniq 5 will be the first to arrive, with a recent teaser pointing to an early-2021 unveiling. The crossover will be based on the Hyundai 45 Concept, but until now, not much more was known. That's changed, as The Korean Car Blog has reported technical details allegedly leaked by Hyundai's Austrian division, and it seems Hyundai isn't messing around.
The Ioniq 5 will launch in Europe first with a limited First Edition trim. This model will house a 58-kWh battery enabling a 280-mile electric range on the WLTP cycle. The battery will feed a twin-motor powertrain with outputs of 308 horsepower, which will supposedly launch the Ioniq 5 from 0-62 mph in 5.2 seconds. Not available on the First Edition, a 73-kWh battery pack will be made available at a later date, giving the Ioniq 5 an impressive 342-mile WLTP range. We know that the US EPA standards are stricter, but the 5 should still achieve around 300 miles with the larger battery.
The Ioniq 5 will be built on Hyundai's E-GMP (Electronic Global Modular Platform) that will underpin a slew of new Kia and Hyundai EVs in the coming years. The platform is 800-volt-capable and supports DC fast-charging, enabling charge from 20-80% in just 15 minutes, if claims are to be believed.
The leak alleges that the 5 will be available with a solar roof, as seen on the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, and the side mirrors will be replaced with cameras, at least in markets where this isn't prevented by law.
From a design perspective, the Austrian leak confirmed the dimensions of the crossover: 182.7 inches long, 74.4 inches wide, and 63 inches tall, placing it on a fairly even keel with the Hyundai Tucson, but with a longer 118-inch wheelbase.
The Ioniq 5 is slated for a full reveal in either late January or early February of 2021, with spy shots revealing a close-to-production-ready vehicle.