In a bid to solidify its position in the evolving electric vehicle (EV) market, Hyundai's IONIQ 5, a fully electric SUV, is undergoing a significant facelift. The IONIQ 5, initially launched in 2021 as Hyundai's inaugural dedicated EV on the E-GMP platform, has been a notable success in the US, steadily climbing the ranks to become one of the best-selling EVs, securing the seventh position in overall sales last year. As of 2023, its sales have continued to surge, especially in attracting premium buyers, lauded for its striking design, advanced technology, and impressive efficiency.
Now, Hyundai aims to further enhance the IONIQ 5's appeal with a substantial upgrade, as the automotive industry increasingly shifts toward electrification. Camouflaged test models have been spotted overseas, indicating that Hyundai is planning an extensive mid-cycle refresh.
Recently, new images of the IONIQ 5 undergoing testing in the United States have surfaced, offering a glimpse of the anticipated changes.
From the limited information available due to the camouflage, it is evident that the facelifted IONIQ 5 will feature alterations to both the front and rear bumpers, with repositioned parking sensors at the front. Notably, there are indications that the vehicle might incorporate Hyundai Mobis' next-generation headlight system, integrating camera sensors and GPS to enhance nighttime driving capabilities.
While the interior remains concealed behind camouflaged windows, it is strongly suggested that the facelifted IONIQ 5 will sport an updated interior design. Speculation suggests potential upgrades to the instrument cluster and infotainment system, possibly incorporating Hyundai Mobis' “Parabolic Motion Glove Box,” inspired by aircraft overhead bins, offering a generous 8L capacity, a notable increase compared to the typical glove box capacity in internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, which is around 5.5L.
Regarding the powertrain, significant changes are not anticipated compared to the current models. However, improvements in design and other enhancements are expected to contribute to increased efficiency.
Presently, Hyundai offers the IONIQ 5 with two battery options in the US: 58 kWh and 77.4 kWh, providing respective ranges of 220 miles and 303 miles. While there is no official confirmation regarding the launch date of the facelifted IONIQ 5 in the US, industry experts anticipate its arrival in late 2024. Stay tuned for further updates on the IONIQ 5's refreshed version.