Hyundai has revealed the first new EV based on a series of concept vehicles that showcased the automaker's electrified future. The IONIQ 5 was born from the sleek 45 EV Concept first revealed in Frankfurt in 2019, and we're thrilled to see that the crossover stays faithful to the one-of-a-kind concept. In addition to the futuristic exterior, the IONIQ 5 comes with a long list of cool features like a solar roof, reclining front seats complete with a footrest, and recycled interior materials. An all-new platform, strong performance specs, and semi-autonomous safety tech make this the next Tesla-challenger to watch. 

Exterior Styling 

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The exterior of the Hyundai IONIQ 5 closely resembles the 45 EV Concept with a bold monocoque-style body, clean lines, and unique proportions. Although the IONIQ 5 looks futuristic, it actually borrows elements from Hyundai's 45-year history with a profile that captured the attitude of the Pony car (the automaker's first production vehicle). A stretched wheelbase of over 3,000-mm (118.1"), dramatic creases, and aero-optimized 20" wheels give the IONIQ 5 a truly unique look. 

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Hyundai left many elements of the 45 EV Concept intact when designing the IONIQ 5. 

From the front, the IONIQ 5 sports Hyundai’s first clamshell hood that minimizes panel gaps for optimal aerodynamics. The front bumper's V shape incorporates unique pixel-like DRLs which create the distinctive light signature and carry over to the rear of the vehicle as well. Drivers can opt for the available eco-friendly solar roof which supports the crossover's power source by collecting energy and transferring it to the battery pack. 

Interior: "A Home Away From Home"

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We can see ourselves using the reclining seats and footrest on a long road trip. 

The interior of the IONIQ 5 is no less impressive than the exterior. Hyundai's designers wanted to create a cabin that resembles a living room of a house, giving drivers and passengers a comfortable and inviting experience. The crossover's long wheelbase and flattened floor allow for ample space which is customizable for all occupants. The front seats recline and offer a footrest, while the rear seats can slide forward and back depending if more passenger or cargo space is needed. Hyundai's Universal Island allows the center console to slide back up to 140mm to open the space between the front seats.

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The IONIQ 5's cabin isn't just driver and passenger-friendly but also eco-friendly. Recycled or sustainably sourced materials are found through the vehicle and include recycled PET bottles, plant-based yarns, and natural wool yarns, eco-processed leather with plant-based extracts, and bio paint with plant extracts. The crossover comes with Hyundai's latest Bluelink connected car services, a 12" full-touch infotainment screen, and a hoodless 12" digital gauge cluster. 

“IONIQ 5 will accommodate lifestyles without limits, proactively caring for customers’ needs throughout their journey,” said Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Marketing Officer. “It is truly the first electric vehicle to provide a new experience with its innovative use of interior space and advanced technologies.”

Performance and Safety Features

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The IONIQ 5 is built on Hyundai's new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) offering unique proportions and powertrain layout. The crossover features either a rear motor and rear-wheel drive or two motors and all-wheel drive. The standard battery is a 58-kWh, and there's also an optional 77.4-kWh battery. The IONIQ 5's single motor configuration gets 215 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, while the dual-motor option gets 302 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque. Hyundai estimates a range of up to 470-480 km for the higher kWh battery. Ultra-fast charging technology will take the IONIQ from 10% to 80% charge in just 18 minutes, and 100 km of range can be achieved in as little as 5 minutes.

Driver safety was at the forefront of the IONIQ 5's design. The EV will be the first Hyundai vehicle to feature an innovative Augmented Reality Head-Up Display which turns the windshield into an advanced display screen. Drivers can choose to projects navigation, advanced safety, and the car’s surroundings on the windshield. Hyundai also packs the EV with semi-autonomous driver-assist features like automatic lane changes, deceleration in curves, and proactive accident protection. Another safety first is Hyundai's Digital Side Mirror  (DSM) which essentially eliminates blind spots. 

The IONIQ 5 will go on sale as a 2022 model in the first half of 2021 in select markets and pricing has yet to be revealed. The IONIQ 5 will be followed by the IONIQ 6 sedan, and the IONIQ 7 SUV. Catch the full digital reveal in the video below.