Editor's note: An earlier version of this story misstated the range of the movable center console in the Ioniq 5. The earlier version also misstated when it would arrive in the U.S. It will arrive in the fall.
TOKYO — Hyundai's new Ioniq 5 full-electric crossover promises snappy acceleration, roomy interior space and a futuristic digitalized instrument cluster — in a word, all that is the modern EV.
The vehicle, unveiled Tuesday in a virtual launch, is the lead-off model for a new generation of dedicated EVs that Hyundai hopes will make it a top player in the segment.
The midsize crossover is Hyundai's answer to Tesla and a growing host of competitors flooding into the EV race, especially with offerings in the hot-selling utility vehicle market.
The Ioniq 5 will hit U.S. dealers in the fall, Hyundai said.
It stands out as much for its styling as its technology.
The Ioniq 5 gets Hyundai Motor Group's first clamshell hood, which minimizes panel gaps while improving aerodynamics. Daytime running lamps create a new V-shape light signature, and along the side, auto-flush door handles lend some Tesla flair. The clean, angular exterior design with short overhangs and a long wheelbase are meant to telegraph the vehicle's EV identity.