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Hyundai is giving its Ioniq 5 electric SUV a big boost as new competitors from Toyota, Subaru and Volkswagen prepare to launch.

Headlining the updated range is a new sporty flavored N-Line variant and a larger battery across the range.

The upgraded Ioniq 5 now comes with an 84 kWh battery, or 77.4 kWh up front, which the brand claims will increase its range. Hyundai has not yet indicated how far it can go.

The new N-Line version brings a sporty style with large 20-inch aluminum wheels, freshly designed bumpers and side skirts that give it a more aggressive look.

Inside, the N-Line features a dedicated N-line steering wheel and dashboard, metal pedals, black headliner, sports seats with N logo and red contrast stitching .

For the rest of the range, Hyundai has slightly changed the exterior styling, which has increased the length of the Ioniq.

It also has a larger rear wing and new aerodynamic wheels to improve its efficiency.

Hyundai also made some changes to the interior making it more functional by reworking the physical buttons on the steering wheel and redesigning the center console.

According to Hyundai, a new shock absorber provides smoother travel by reducing road vibrations.

A series of advancements have helped make the Ioniq 5 more stable and agile when driving and it is now quieter than before.

Hyundai Australia has confirmed the updated Ioniq 5 and the new N-Line variant will arrive locally in the middle of this year.

Final local pricing and specifications will be announced closer to vehicle arrival.

The updated models will be placed under the recently launched Ioniq 5 N.

This car costs $120,000 and takes electric performance to a new level.

Powered by front and rear electric motors with a combined output of 478 kW, it can reach 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds. It matches the straight-line thrust of more expensive blue-blooded performance heroes such as the Porsche 911 GTS or BMW M3 CS.

It is extremely customizable, with the driver able to change settings for power, steering, suspension, limited-slip differential, head-up display, stability control and active sounds.

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