It took almost half an hour on an ice lake to understand we might see behind ourselves within the 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N prototype. That will not appear extraordinary, however contemplating each Ioniq 5 to this point lacked a rear windshield wiper—a relentless level of frustration for any reviewer who lives the place there’s climate—it is a greater deal than you would possibly suppose.
Hyundai declined to verify something on the report, however sources near Hyundai have informed us that the Ioniq 5 lineup will lastly obtain a rear windshield wiper. It is unclear if it is going to be commonplace or an choice, but it surely’ll be accessible, and that is what issues.
For these of you residing beneath perpetual solar, it could be arduous to determine why this can be a large deal. And for a lot of automobiles with rear ends of varied slopes, a lacking wiper is hardly a significant transgression. However there’s one thing in regards to the Ioniq 5’s hatch that makes the rear glass accumulate snow, rain, mud, and dust like no one’s enterprise. After a number of journeys, it is typically soiled sufficient to require a cease at a gasoline station (quelle horreur!) to squeegee that tumbler and restore rear visibility. A wiper will doubtless trigger a little bit of further drag, which might eat into the Ioniq 5’s total vary, however the advantages outweigh the drawbacks right here.
It is not but clear if the Ioniq 5 will obtain the rear wiper similtaneously the Ioniq 5 N, and there’s no affirmation whether or not this may come as a part of a better product refresh for the 2024 mannequin yr. That is what our sources stated, however Hyundai declined to verify our sources’ claims. Contemplating the 5 N will head to the Goodwood Competition of Velocity—albeit in the identical prototype kind seen right here—maybe we’ll get extra details about the rear wiper then.
Automobiles are Andrew Krok’s jam, together with boysenberry. After graduating with a level in English from the College of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009, Andrew reduce his tooth writing freelance journal options, and now he has a decade of full-time overview expertise beneath his belt. A Chicagoan by beginning, he has been a Detroit resident since 2015. Possibly someday he’ll do one thing about that half-finished engineering diploma.