It takes years to design and roll out a car, so it’s little wonder that automakers like to create a sense of anticipation by releasing “teaser” images ahead of an official debut. Consider these teasers the appetizer course or a movie trailer before the main event.
The latest vehicle being teased comes from Hyundai, and it’s called the IONIQ 5.
“IONIQ” is the name for Hyundai’s forthcoming dedicated electric-vehicle lineup, and the IONIQ 5 is the first model within it. Though yes, we are aware Hyundai already sells a 5-door hatch called the Ioniq that’s available as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or all-electric vehicle. Hyundai also sells an all-electric version of its Kona subcompact SUV.
The IONIQ 5, however, is a midsize crossover SUV that is built from the ground up as electric only. Furthermore, it will be the first Hyundai to use the automaker’s Electric-Global Modular Platform that will be foundational for the brand’s future electric vehicles.
From the images, we see sleek, hunkered-down aesthetic with big wheels. In fact, Hyundai says the 20-inch wheels are its biggest yet on an electric vehicle. Pixels are also part of the motif, including pixel-inspired lights.
Much is still unknown about the IONIQ 5, which is set to be formally unveiled next month. At that time we should get a better idea of its power, range, features and maybe even price.
But one particularly cool aspect we do know about this electric vehicle is its ability to power things beyond itself. For example, at a campsite you can tap into the IONIQ 5’s battery power by plugging in electrical devices. Hyundai says it even has enough juice to roast a turkey in a oven. That sure beats cold canned meat.