The 45 Concept of the Korean automobile brand Hyundai caused a sensation at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2019 because of the linear crispness of the vehicle, accompanied by the ambitious promise of a fully electric future. Fast forward to 2021 and the car brand has somehow retained the “sensual sportiness” of the monocoque-style body and a futuristic interior that is largely intact in the form of the IONIQ 5.
The original 45 Concept was conceived as a spiritual homage to one of Hyundai’s most notable designs, the Pony Coupe Concept, an origami-like expression of sheet metal created by an Italian designer, Giorgetto Giugiaro. The IONIQ 5 is the first of three fully electric vehicles with the brand name IONIQ, a minimalist implementation of Giugiaro’s vision of the future. From the grillless front to the crumpled retro-futurism, the silhouette sings “Concept”.
The IONIQ 5’s all-electric SUV’s futuristic appearance isn’t just skin-deep, however, revealing an interior as expansive as the angular exterior suggests (let’s hope those edgy kaleidoscope wheels bring it to market), an airy cabin that it is made possible by Hyundai’s Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP).
All of this extra space has given Hyundai designers more space to work, giving both the driver and front passenger the ability to literally kick their feet up with custom seat footrests – a relaxing option that pairs well with the vehicle’s 12-inch infotainment leaves and instrument panels. Make these three displays when you insert the info projection of the augmented reality driver onto the windshield of the IONIQ 5.
Hyundai is not only flaunting the IONIQ 5 as an SUV with fleet wheels and in its all-wheel incarnation delivers speeds from zero to 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds (with a still respectable 7.4 seconds as the rear-wheel edition). but also its ability to conveniently charge its 800 volt battery system in a short time. Connect the IONIQ 5 to a 350 kW charger and it takes just 18 minutes to bring the vehicle battery from 5% to 80%. When fully charged, the Hyundai has a range of 290 and 300 miles, a road trip capable vehicle that has at least the same zip code as the Tesla’s industry-leading 326 mile range.
Hyundai is the first member of the IONIQ range that is scheduled for delivery in autumn 2021 (no prices available yet). It relies on the combination of a fascinating modernist exterior with a quiet, contemporary interior that runs on a fully electric platform and will more convince car buyers the future has arrived. Count us with confidence.