2021 Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric SUV: price, specs and release date

Nick Lette van Oostvoorne
August 10, 2020

Hyundai has confirmed its upcoming electric SUV will be called the Ioniq 5. See the prototype undergoing testing here…

  • New Hyundai Ioniq 5 spotted
  • Hyundai’s second electric car
  • Likely to use dual motors
  • 300-mile range expected
  • Will get minimalist design
  • Pared-back interior
  • On sale in 2021
  • Should cost from £40,000

Hyundai will reveal a new electric SUV called the Ioniq 5 in early 2021. These photos give you the first glimpse at a prototype undergoing testing.

Camouflage disguises this Hyundai Ioniq 5 prototype’s final design.

2021 Hyundai Ioniq 5 design

Unlike the Hyundai Kona Electric, the new Ioniq 5 won’t be an electric version of an existing car. Instead, it’ll get a completely bespoke design that looks completely different from anything else produced by the Korean brand.

The finished car should look very similar to this concept. 

These images suggest it’ll look similar to the Concept 45 Hyundai revealed at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. You can expect a simple front bumper with slim headlights and no fake grille. The sides should feature a pair of strong creases and an angular door pillar towards the rear that sits beneath a contrasting black roof.

No fake exhausts here – the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is electric-only.

This less-is-more attitude is set to continue ’round the back. The new Hyundai Ioniq 5 should feature a set of simple, brake lights set in a black recess just below the rear windscreen. It’s an electric car, so there should be no exhausts – fake or otherwise.

2021 Hyundai Ioniq 5 interior

Photos haven’t emerged of this prototype car’s interior, but it’s likely it’ll take inspiration from the Concept 45’s cabin. Chances are, the concept car’s ultra-minimalist design won’t reach production unchanged, but the widescreen infotainment displays may appear in high-spec versions of the production car.

The Ioniq 5 concept’s interior, above, will inspire the finished car’s cabin.

The concept’s dual-sliding doors almost certainly won’t appear on the finished product but the Hyundai Ioniq 5 may come with a similar colour scheme to the concept’s light and airy cabin. You can expect it to come with seating for five, rather than the concept’s four, too.

The finished Hyundai Ioniq 5 should have a range of around 300 miles.

2021 Hyundai Ioniq 5 motors and battery

Hyundai hasn’t confirmed any details about the electrical systems underpinning the new Ioniq 5, but you can expect the Koren brand to be aiming for a range of around 300 miles. That’s very similar to the range delivered by high-spec versions of the upcoming Skoda Enyaq iV and Nissan Ariya electric cars.

The new Ioniq 5 should come with dual-electric motors and four-wheel drive. 

2021 Hyundai Ioniq 5 driving

Unlike the existing Kona Electric, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is expected to come with dual electric motors, making it a four-wheel-drive electric car. This will enable it to maximise grip in slippery conditions and when accelerating hard.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 will probably cost from around £40,000 when it goes on sale in 2021.

2021 Hyundai Ioniq 5 price and release date

Hyundai has confirmed the Ioniq 5 will go on sale in early 2021, but hasn’t said how much it’ll cost. However, both the Skoda Enyaq iV and Nissan Ariya are expected to come with price tags in excess of £40,000 when they go on sale in late 2020 or early 2021, and it’s likely the new Hyundai Ioniq 5 will set you back a similar amount.

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