It’s no secret that the funky Hyundai Ioniq 5 is one of our favorite electric crossovers, delivering impressive range, charging performance and space efficiency. The new Hyundai Ioniq 6 continues the momentum as far as style is concerned – we first took a peek at the beautiful four-door a few weeks ago. And we finally have some specs that suggest the Ioniq 6 will be as fun to drive as it looks.
Hyundai completed the Ioniq 6’s slow teasing by finally revealing the technology under its eye-catching, and for the most part it will look familiar to Ioniq 5 fans. That’s partly because the sedan uses the same Global Electric Modular Platform (E-Global Modular Platform). GMP) as a crossover, enabling scalable battery size, rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, flat floors, and EV-only proportions. We also know that the Ioniq 6 will enter global production in the third quarter of 2022, with US production starting in early 2023. Hyundai is yet to make a specific market launch, but the US automaker’s website confirmed it to be a 2024 model.
Utilizing that E-GMP architecture, the Ioniq 6 will offer two sizes for its lithium-ion battery: 53.0 or 77.4 kilowatt-hours. The discerning eye will notice that the battery of the larger sedan is about the same size as the crossover. The Ioniq 6 will also offer standard rear-wheel drive via single motor or optional two-motor all-wheel drive. Hyundai didn’t specify how much power the single-motor setup would have, but because the dual-motor option delivers the same 320 horsepower (239 kilowatts) and 446 pound-feet (605 newton-meters) as all-wheel drive. Ioniq 5, we assume the rear driver will have the same 225 hp (168 kW) as the equivalent crossover.
Most important to many consumers is the Ioniq 6 EV lineup, and here, the sedan excels with a maximum WLTP rating of 610 kilometers (379 miles) when equipped with a single motor and a larger 77.4 kWh battery. That beats the WLTP max crossover of 507 km (315 miles). Given that the EPA estimates the Ioniq 5 can cover 303 miles in the form of a single motor/big battery, we estimate the Ioniq 6 will cover at least 350 miles on a charge when tested by the federal government. All-wheel drive, the Ioniq 6 might hit 300 miles of the EPA-rated range, up from its 256-mile crossover sibling, while the small rear-drive/battery combination should be good for around 250 miles in the sedan.
Talking about that basic configuration, Hyundai claims that it will be one of the most energy efficient vehicles in the world. When equipped with a smaller battery and 18-inch wheels, the automaker says it consumes less than 14 kWh per 100 kilometers, ensuring the Ioniq 6 makes the most of the incoming electrons.
And when it’s time to recharge, the Ioniq 6 uses the same 400V/800V electrical architecture as the Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, and Genesis GV60, swapping between the two voltage ratings without the need for additional equipment. One of its advantages is that the Ioniq 6 can take advantage of a 350 kilowatt DC fast charger, which allows the battery to be charged from 10 to 80 percent in just 18 minutes. Hyundai doesn’t list the maximum charging speed, but as our friends at InsideEVs noteThe Ioniq 5 crossover is capable of producing around 235 kW in a short amount of time.
The Ioniq 6 has the same vehicle charging system for loading as the Ioniq 5. Like most cars, there is an outlet in the rear passenger compartment if you want your laptop to stay charged. But there’s also an accessory adapter that plugs into an outside charging port, turning it into a power outlet that can power a fridge during a power outage or power flashlights and lanterns at campsites. You can even provide beach power to the motor home from it.
And when it’s time to disconnect, the Ioniq 6 will be a pretty fast carrier. The automaker says that the all-wheel-drive model with the big battery will be able to hit 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 5.1 seconds, and even that number sounds a bit conservative given our experience with the fast-footed Ioniq. 5. We expect the single-motor sedan to be a bit more relaxed, hitting the same mark in about 7 seconds.
As we can see in the first official images of the Hyundai Ioniq 6 2023, the cabin looks full of technology. There’s a 12.0-inch touchscreen in the middle, with a matching digital instrument cluster facing the driver. The navigation system overlays real-time coverage maps based on traffic, terrain and charge status, with connected services optimizing routes to take advantage of public charging.
In a move sure to please technophiles, the Ioniq 6 receives a set of four USB-C and one USB-A port, a nice upgrade over the Ioniq 5’s exclusive USB-A cab. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. The over-the-air updates will help keep the Ioniq 6 up to date, both in terms of infotainment and vehicle functionality.
Other interesting features include a 64-color ambient lighting system with six presets that can be customized as desired. There’s also a cool “Speed Sync” mode that changes the lighting as the vehicle speed increases, which adds a level of fun and drama to sporty driving. By the way, the Ioniq 6 has an electrically active sound (e-ASD) design, which transmits a spaceship-like propulsion sound to the cabin which automatically adjusts based on the vehicle’s driving mode. If it’s anything like the Ioniq 5, it’s going to sound funky and futuristic – although we’d expect there to be another audio profile on offer for those who prefer something more conventional.
The Ioniq 6 gets an optional Comfort Relaxation seat up front, which helps the driver and passengers kick back when the vehicle is parked. We have use the features on the Ioniq 5 – where it is only available to the driver – and makes a lot of sense when spending time at the charging station. Hyundai also says that the seats themselves are designed to be thinner, helping to save interior space for passengers without sacrificing support or comfort.
Dress For Thrill
We already know what the Hyundai Ioniq 6 will look like, though the automaker revealed more photos of the car along with its tech specs. And while its swooping fastback design may take some getting used to, there’s no denying that the Ioniq 6 has a serious presence. The low, rounded bow helps it through the air, and the tapered roofline and square bumper help air flow easily across and around the body with a drag coefficient of just 0.21 – slightly lower than the 0.20 achieved by Tesla’s record-holding day. this. Model S and Mercedes-Benz EQS.
In addition to its sleek shape, Hyundai designers layered the Ioniq sub-brand Parametric Pixel accents, including digitally chic front and taillights and angular bumper inserts. There’s also a Porsche-like spoiler just below the rear window which helps add visual appeal and aerodynamics. Looking like a mix of Ur-Saab and 911 – with a dash of busy rear Cadillac – the Ioniq 6 somehow cuts its own profile and is sure to grab some attention.
That’s also true of the cabin, which gets an angled and square dash design with a slim, low center console that provides storage and style. The side-view mirrors occupy two thin posts in the outer corners of the dashboard, a feature that may or may not be present in the US depending on how quickly our NHTSA regulations are modernized.
The 12 color options will help enhance the computerized appeal of the Ioniq 6. Digital Green will be available in matte or pearl clearcoats, and Gravity Gold Matte will look really bold and eye-catching on the road. Other options include Abyss Black Pearl, Serenity White Pearl, Curated Silver Metallic, Nocturne Gray Metallic, Nocturne Gray Matte, Transmission Blue Pearl, Biophilic Blue Pearl, Ultimate Red Metallic, and Byte Blue. The cabin will offer four colors: one-tone black or two-tone dark and light gray, Dark Olive Green and light gray, or black with pale brown.
Like most new Hyundais, the Ioniq 6 will be available with a long list of advanced safety and driver assistance features. Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning and prevention, and blind spot collision prevention will likely become standard in our market (like the one on the Ioniq 5), with trick features like blind spot cameras, 360-degree monitors, and reverse assist. junction is also available.
Hyundai’s Highway Driving Assist II (HDA II) feature will also be available, combining adaptive cruise control with the various sensors mentioned above to keep the vehicle on track and distance itself from leading vehicles. The HDA II’s main improvement over HDA I is that it also monitors the lane position of other cars, providing proper compensation – if adjacent drivers hug their lane a little too closely, the Ioniq 6 will cheat a bit to ensure safety. pillows around the car.
Plans for the Future
Hyundai isn’t ready to commit to a specific vehicle launch yet, but the Ioniq 6 will go into production at the end of September 2022. It’s likely to arrive in the South Korean domestic market soon after, with the global rollout set to take place as follows. month. We hope it shows up in the US in mid-2023, hope it helps lighten the overwhelming demand that the Ioniq 5 crossover enjoys. Pricing is also questionable, though we think the Ioniq 6 will cost a bit more than its equivalent SUV – around $40,000 to start and capped at less than 60 fully equipped large units.
The choice to build a four-door sedan in an era when body style seems to be dying out – perhaps including the Hyundai Sonata – is an attractive option, but when the finished product is as attractive as the Ioniq 6, it’s hard to find fault. What’s more, those beautiful, slightly retro curves hide the modern and user-friendly powertrain and electric architecture. If everything turns out to be as affordable as the Ioniq 5 crossover, we’re sure consumers will have a hard time saying no.