Hyundai IONIQ 5 Could Be Getting An N Performance Version

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, Automotive Editor - April 30, 2021

Hyundai has been looking to expand its lineup of sporty N-Line and N performance vehicles by offering performance versions of the Veloster, Elantra, Sonata, and Kona. According to a report from Top Gear, it appears the South Korean automaker may already be currently working on an N performance version of the upcoming all-electric IONIQ 5 hatchback.

“Could you imagine we were not working on it already?” Albert Biermann, Hyundai’s head of R&D questioned the outlet.

Hearing that Hyundai is looking into introducing a performance-oriented version of the IONIQ 5 isn’t surprising. Automakers are currently highlighting just how capable electric vehicles can be to make them more attractive to consumers. Electric powertrains offer large performance boosts over gas-powered engines and automakers are looking to exploit that.

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Thomas Schemera, Hyundai Chief Marketing Officer, was just as cryptic when discussing the possibility of an N performance version of the IONIQ 5. “Everybody knows that our electric global modular platform (E-GMP) has a lot of potential and shows a lot of flexibly,” said Schemera. “One thing is for sure, eco-friendly models are on our priority list – at the top.”

High-performance electric vehicles are becoming the new norm. The Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance, Tesla’s electric vehicles, Rivian’s EVs, GMC Hummer EV, and Porsche Taycan Turbo S are offered with powertrains that offer incredible performance. So, Hyundai would be tapping into a part of the segment that already exists. If the brand manages to keep pricing down, we could see a high-performance IONIQ 5 drawing more consumers into EVs.

The retro IONIQ 5 will be available with two battery packs: 58- or 72.6-kWh. A single-motor layout with rear-wheel drive and a two-motor layout with all-wheel drive will also be available. Rear-wheel-drive models are expected to produce 215 horsepower, while all-wheel-drive versions will offer up to 315 hp. With all-wheel drive, the IONIQ 5 will be able to get to 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds. Those are all respectable figures, so an IONIQ 5 N could boost things to sports car levels.

Hyundai recently expanded its N performance line with the addition of the Kona N, as it looks to offer a total of seven N and N-Line vehicles by 2022. Hyundai’s N vehicles are the best of the best when it comes to performance from Hyundai, while the brand’s N-Line is just a rung below in terms of power and handling. Currently, Hyundai offers two N vehicles with the Veloster and Kona. N-Line models include the Sonata and Elantra. We expect Hyundai to introduce the Elantra N and Tucson N-Line shortly.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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