The Hyundai Ioniq 5, a standout since its debut in 2022, has earned accolades such as Car and Driver’s EV of the Year and being featured twice on the prestigious 10Best list. While basking in its success, the forward-thinking Hyundai Ioniq 5 is poised to continue making waves, particularly with its forthcoming sporty N model, expected to be among the most thrilling electric vehicles of 2024. Hyundai is now teasing potential enhancements for the Ioniq 5 N through the unveiling of the NPX1 concept at the Tokyo Auto Salon, showcasing an array of performance upgrades.
Dressed in an alluring blacked-out aesthetic and featuring aggressive aerodynamics, the Ioniq 5 N NPX1 exudes a truly menacing presence. This concept provides a sneak peek into the array of accessories that Hyundai intends to offer for the sporty electric crossover from its N Performance Parts division, established in 2019 and known for supplying enhancements for the company’s gasoline-powered N vehicles, such as the Elantra N.
The NPX1 boasts a suite of upgrades, including a redesigned front bumper with distinctive air intakes and a menacing carbon-fiber front splitter extending prominently up the front wheel arches. The side skirts have been restyled, and the vehicle now rides on grippy Pirelli P Zero tires mounted on lightweight hybrid carbon wheels. High-performance brake pads and lowering springs contribute to a more assertive stance. Moving to the rear, attention is drawn to the imposing rear wing and substantial rear diffuser, suggesting a track-ready disposition. While interior photos are not available, Hyundai promises racing bucket seats and abundant Alcantara upholstery.
The showcased prototype parts will undergo further refinement before becoming available for purchase later this year, as Hyundai aims to make N Performance Parts accessible for all N-badged vehicles. Additionally, the automaker plans to offer software customizations, including “sound and vehicle calibration,” through over-the-air updates. Hyundai has yet to disclose the pricing of these parts and the extent of their availability to U.S. customers when the Ioniq 5 N hits the market this spring.