The Hyundai Ioniq 6 makes its debut as a fantastic electric sedan

The Hyundai Ioniq 6 makes its debut as a fantastic electric sedan

After two and a half years of showing the concept of amazing predictions, Hyundai has unveiled the product Ioniq 6 electric sedan ahead of the sale date later this year. While the specific style of the Ioniq 6 is sure to be divisive, it is definitely different from the crowd and fits in with the current Ioniq 5. If the Ioniq 5 seems like a hatchback concept from the 1980s, then the Ioniq 6 is a wake-up call from the ’90s show car.

The design of the Ioniq 6 is definitely busier than the Prophecy concept, but the overall size and theme is unobtrusive. Its sloping silhouette helps give the Ioniq 6 a drag coefficient of 0.21, which matches the Lucid Air and beats the Porsche Tycoon and Tesla Model 3. The roofline and side window arches make the rear of the Ioniq 6 look sloping from some angle, but I’m in Luke – it’s reminiscent of the Citroën DS or the cool old Tatra, not to mention something like the Porsche 911. Its body surfacing is extremely clean, with a single crisp growing line in the lower frame and a contrasting gray finish in the side skirt and lower bumper section. I love the subtle curvature of the D-pillar as it flows into the tailgate, meeting the wide, smooth rear fender.

A thin black strip runs over the top of the front bumper, hiding all the necessary sensors and cameras as well as lights indicating the charging status of the car. The lower bumper has a single slim intake that uses an active shutter and the edges of the bumper are flanked by black trapezoidal inserts that hide more air curtains. The short hood has some nice sculpting, and the headlights have pixel-style LEDs similar to the Ioniq 5 but they’re housed in a more rage-looking area. But the back end is when things get really weird. Above the pixel taillight bar is a nice, small ductile spoiler that extends to the width of the rear and comes to a point on each edge. The complex lower bumper has vertical strokes and extra pixel lights, such as the Prophecy concept, as well as corner air intake. The most bizarre (and nice) feature is the second spoiler on the tailgate at the base of the window; It has a transparent panel with more pixel lights to make CHMSL. There are more than 700 “parametric pixels” on the car in total and the Ioniq 6 also debuts Hyundai’s new H badge.

Although not as radical as the exterior, the Ioniq 6’s cabin is still cool. The top dashboard is mostly the same as the Ioniq 5, with a pair of 12-inch screens merging together into a display mounted on a band of air vents running along the length of the dash. Instead of the open area under the climate control panel, where the Ioniq 5 has a movable floating center console, the Ioniq 6 has a high bridge-style central tunnel with storage cubes and window controls and a large space under the bridge. . The Ioniq 6 uses materials such as recycled PET fabric for the seats, paint extracted from vegetable oil on the door, and carpets made from recycled fishing nets.

Like the Ioniq 5, the steering wheel has four square dots in place of the Hyundai logo – the Morse code for the letter H – but on the Ioniq 6 they glow different colors like green when charging the car. Door cards are fantastic, with speaker grills free of ribbed door panels and a complete lack of buttons for more comfort and space. Configurable ambient interior lighting is standard, with light spreading evenly over the interior surfaces. Because the US does not allow cameras instead of mirrors, our version of the Ioniq 6 will do every end of the dash without a rearview screen. Unfortunately, Hyundai has not yet released any photos of the rear seat or cargo area, but the brand has promised that passengers will get several legrooms and a flat floor.

We don’t know the exact details of the Ioniq 6 yet, but it runs on the same E-GMP platform used by Kia EV6, Genesis GV60 and other upcoming EVs from Hyundai Motor Group. The single-motor setup and rear-wheel drive will be standard with dual-motor all-wheel drive as an option, and the Ioniq 6 will most likely use a 77.4-kilowatt-hour battery pack. For range, if not given more to the aerodynamic body of the Ioniq 6, expect at least 300 miles on the EPA cycle.

The Ioniq 6 will go on sale in the US in 2023 at a price of around $ 45,000. We’ll know more details when Ioniq makes its public debut at the Busan Auto Show on July 6, followed by the big Ioniq 7 SUV next year.

Sneha Mali

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