Hyundai Ioniq 5 N teased for driving sideways in sub-zero temperatures in Sweden

Hyundai has dropped a teaser teaser for its upcoming performance-spec Ioniq 5 N electric crossover as the EV goes on a rampage in Sweden’s snowy weather. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV will get the N badge, the South Korean automaker’s performance arm that promises more power and performance than the regular model. The Ioniq 5 N is scheduled to make its global debut later this year.

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March 31, 2023 at 10:47 am

Hyundai Ioniq 5 N teaser shows a camouflaged test mule driving sideways on a Swedish snow-covered track

A teaser video posted online shows the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N in full camouflage, but its distinctive silhouette and LED headlights are hard to miss. The performance EV is shown alongside the Hyundai i20N WRC Rally 1 car on a snowy track in Sweden, stretching through the ‘white’. The camouflaged Ioniq 5 N found it easily kept up with the rally-spec i20N WRC. The video starts with the whine of the i20N motor, and it ends with the whine of the Ioniq 5 N’s two electric motors.

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Ioniq 5 N keeps pace with Hyundai i20N WRC Rally1 car in snow

Ioniq 5 N keeps pace with Hyundai i20N WRC Rally1 car in snow

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N is expected to feature significant changes from the standard Ioniq as well as the Kia EV6 GT within the Hyundai group. The Ioniq 5 N is expected to deliver close to 600 bhp and close to 800 Nm of peak torque. That beats the EV6 GT’s 577 bhp and 765 Nm of peak torque. The upgrades will also extend to the suspension, brakes and possibly a reinforced chassis to handle the extra power figures.

Hyundai is also expected to update the range of the Ioniq 5 N, which will limit it to around 400km on a single charge. Other features may include fake gear changes, rev limiter sounds, and artificial sounds mixed with the whine from the twin electric motors. Drift mode is also likely, with sideways action shown in the teaser video.

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The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N is set to arrive later this year, and there will be more teaser videos like this before we see the final product. It remains to be seen whether the Ioniq 5 N will make it to the Indian market after its global debut. The electric crossover was launched in India earlier this year and is locally assembled at Hyundai Motor India’s Tamil Nadu plant. Hyundai may be bold with a limited-edition performance-spec version, sold alongside the standard Ioniq 5. However, it may arrive as an all-import model.

First published date: March 31, 2023 at 10:47 AM CST

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