It’s not a secret that the colorful Hyundai Ioniq 5 is among our top electric crossovers, offering the manufacturer a complete range of charging and space efficiency. The brand new Hyundai Ioniq 6 builds on the trend as far as aesthetics are concerned. We first looked at the sleek four-door model only a few weeks ago. Finally, we have information that suggests that the Hyundai Ioniq 6 EV will be as fun for a drive as it appears.
Hyundai completed the slow teaser for the Ioniq 6 by finally unveiling the tech under its appealing skin. It is likely similar to people familiar with Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 5. The car is built on the same Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) as the crossover, which allows for scalable batteries, rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, a flat floor, and EV-specific percentages. We also found that Hyundai Ioniq 6 will be available for sale and will enter global production in the third quarter of 2022, with US production beginning in early 2023. Hyundai isn’t committing to specific market launches at this time however, Hyundai’s US website confirms that it is a 2024-based model.
Hyundai Ioniq 6 EV TECHNOLOGY
Utilizing the E-GMP technology and E-GMP architecture, Ioniq 6 will offer two sizes of its lithium-ion battery: 53.0 or 77.4 kilowatt-hours. If you’re looking closely, you’ll notice that the larger battery of the sedan is precisely the same size as the one in the crossover. In addition, the Hyundai Ioniq 6 EV will also offer standard rear-wheel drive with one motor or multi-motor, all-wheel drive. In the single-motor configuration, Hyundai did not specify how much power it would deliver. Still, given that the dual-motor option produces the same 325 horsepower (239 Kilowatts) and 446 pounds-feet (605 newton-meters) as the all-wheel drive Ioniq 5, we assume the rear driver will have the same 225 horsepower (168 horsepower) as the crossover.
For many, the essential feature is the Ioniq 6’s EV range. In this, it excels. The car has the highest WLTP rating of 610 kilometers (379 miles) with a single motor as well as a bigger 77.4-kWh battery. It beats the crossover’s WLTP maximum of 507 km (315 miles). Given the EPA estimates the Ioniq 5 can go 303 miles in single-motor/big-battery form, we predict the Hyundai Ioniq 6 EV will go at least 350 miles on a charge when it gets tested by the federal government. With all-wheel drive, the Ioniq 6 might crest 300 miles of EPA-rated range, up from its crossover sibling’s 256 miles, while the rear-drive/small-battery combination should be good for about 250 miles in the sedan.
Regarding the starting point, Hyundai states that the Ioniq 6 is among the most energy-efficient cars on the market. If it is equipped with smaller batteries and wheels of 18 inches, Hyundai claims that it will use just 14-ish kWh every 100 miles, which means its Ioniq 6 makes the most of the electricity that goes to it.
If it’s time for you to recharge the battery, The Hyundai Ioniq 6 EV makes use of the same electrical structure of 400V/800V that is used in it does the Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, Kia EV6 as well as Genesis G60 and switches from the voltage rating of two, without the requirement for additional equipment. One of the advantages of the Ioniq 6 is that it can take advantage of fast chargers with 350 kilowatts, allowing the battery to be charged between 10 and 80 percent in 18 minutes. Hyundai does not provide a maximum charging speed however, our friends from InsideEVs have observed that Ioniq 5’s Ioniq 5 crossover can be 235 kW during short periods.
Ioniq 6 Ioniq 6 has the same charging system that charges from the vehicle to Ioniq 5. Ioniq 5. Like most cars, it has an outlet in the rear compartment to keep your laptop powered. An additional adapter plugs into an outside charging port and transforms it into an outlet for power that can power a fridge in the event of a power failure or charge lanterns and flashlights at the campsite. You could even offer shore power to motorhomes with it.
If it’s time for you to switch off from the network, the Hyundai Ioniq 6 EV will likely be a swift driver. The company claims that all-wheel-drive models with massive batteries can reach the speed of 62 miles per hour (100 km/hour) within 5.1 seconds. However, the speed is somewhat too conservative based on our experience with the flimsy Ioniq 5. We’re expecting the single-motor sedan to go a little more relaxed, reaching the same speed in 7 seconds.
As we have seen in 2024’s Hyundai Ioniq 6, The cabin appears to be packed with tech. The car has a 12.0-inch touchscreen at the center and an identical digital instrument cluster in front of the driver. It overlays navigation systems with a live range map based on terrain, traffic, and charges, and includes connected services that can optimize the route in order to benefit from charging in public places.
In a move sure to delight technophiles and tech-savvy users, the Hyundai Ioniq 6 EV receives a set of four USB-C ports and one USB-A port. That is an excellent upgrade from the Ioniq 5, a solely USB-A-only cabin. Apple CarPlay, along with Android Auto, is standard. Over-the-air updates can help keep your Ioniq 6 current in terms of infotainment features and car functions.
Other notable features include a 64-color ambient light system with six presets, which can be altered as you like. Additionally, there’s a fun “Speed Synchronize” mode that changes the lighting when speed grows, adding excitement and excitement to thrilling driving. The Ioniq 6 has an electric active sound design (e-ASD) that pipes the sound of a spaceship’s propulsion to the cabin. It will automatically alter according to the car’s driving mode. If it’s similar to that of the Ioniq 5, it’s going to sound futuristic and funky; however, we’d like to think there are other audio profiles available to those who prefer something more traditional.
It’s worth noting that the Hyundai Ioniq 6 EV gets optional Relaxation Comfort seats in the front that help the driver and passengers relax when the car is stationary. We’ve tested this option on the Ioniq 5, which is available only to the driver and is handy at the charging station. Hyundai is also claiming that the seats have been designed to make them slimmer, which will help save passengers’ interior space without compromising comfort or support.
Dressed to Have Fun
We knew we knew what the Hyundai Ioniq 6 could appear like, but Hyundai has released more images of the car and its technical specifications. While its swooping, fastback style may require some time to get acquainted with, the Hyundai Ioniq 6 EV has a heavy presence. A low, rounded front lets it slice through the air. An angled roofline and squared-off bumpers let air flow effortlessly along the entire body to achieve a drag coefficient of just 0.21, just a little less than the 0.20 achieved by the world-record-holding Tesla Model S and Mercedes-Benz EQS.
In addition to the deceptive appearance, Hyundai designers overlaid the Ioniq sub-brands Parametric Pixel accents, such as stylish taillights and angular bumper inserts. A Porsche-like spoiler can also be found beneath the rear windows, adding both aesthetic and aerodynamic aesthetics. It’s like a blend of an Ur-Saab and 911 with a hint of the swagger-back Cadillac to boot; this Ioniq 6 somehow cuts a distinct style and will surely draw interest.
The same is true of the interior, which features an angular, squared-off dash design, with a narrow and low-lying center console that offers storage as well as style. Side-view mirrors are positioned on two thin spars in the corners that are outboard of the dashboard. This may or might not be offered in the US, depending on the speed at which our NHTSA regulations evolve.
The 12 colors available can help to increase Ioniq’s electronic appeal. Digital Green will be available in pearl or matte clearcoats, and Gravity Gold Matte will appear striking and attractive on the streets. Other options comprise Abyss Black Pearl, Serenity White Pearl, Curated Silver Metallic, Nocturne Gray Metallic, Nocturne Gray Matte, Transmission Blue Pearl, Biophilic Blue Pearl, Ultimate Red Metallic as well as Byte Blue. The cabin offers four different color options: single-tone black, two-tone light and dark grey, Dark Olive Green and light gray, or black and light brown.
Like many other new Hyundais like Ioniq 6 will, Ioniq 6 will be available with an extensive list of driver-assistance and safety features. Automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and lane departure warning prevention, as well as blind spot collision protection, are likely to be standard on the market (as they were on the Ioniq 5), with additional features like blind spot cameras with 360-degree view, as well as junction turning assistance, which is also available.
Hyundai’s Highway Driving Assist II (HDA II) feature will also be offered, combining adaptive cruise control and the various sensors mentioned above to ensure the vehicle stays within its lane and away from other vehicles. The significant improvement to HDA II over HDA I is that it monitors the lane positions of other vehicles and compensates for any stray driver straying from their lane line too closely, and it will be able to compensate. Ioniq 6 will cheat over only a little to provide a cushion of safety surrounding the vehicle.
Plan for the Future
Hyundai isn’t ready to announce a specific vehicle launch; however, it is expected that the Ioniq 6 will go into production by September 2022. It’s expected to hit the South Korean domestic market soon, with international launches are expected in the coming months. We anticipate that it will arrive in the US by the middle of 2023, aiding to ease the massive demand for the Ioniq 5 crossover is enjoying. The price is still uncertain, but we believe the Ioniq 6 will cost slightly more than its SUV-like counterpart, approximately $40,000 initially and a maximum of under 60 fully equipped.
The decision to design the 4-door car at a time when the style of the car is being sucked out of the market, such as Hyundai’s Sonata, maybe one of them the Sonata – is fascinating. When the final product is as appealing as the Ioniq 6, it’s hard to discern fault. Furthermore, those voluptuous and slightly retro-looking curves conceal an electrical and powertrain design that’s contemporary and easy to use. If it all is similar to that of the Ioniq 5 crossover, we think that people will have a tough to say no.
Primary battery for a new model with 53 kWh
The battery’s basic design differs from that of the Ioniq 5 and EV6: instead of 58 kWh, Ioniq 6 has a 53 kWh battery. Hyundai has not yet provided the distance for this variant; however, it is expected to be about 400 km. The mileage of the standard Ioniq 6 is known: at less than 14 kWh per 100km according to its WLTP standard, and it’s believed to be among the most energy-efficient automobiles available. Additionally, the body contributes to this by having a drag ratio of 0.21. The direct conversion of the consumption of the WLTP to the range is impossible since the WLTP consumption is calculated based on charges, but the consumption range isn’t.
The 800-volt charging system used in the E-GMP models is unchanged, and with the larger battery, it is said that the Ioniq 6 can charge from 10 to 80 percent in just 18 minutes. Hyundai has not stated the power of its charging in its announcement, however, it’s expected to reach its peak at 240 kW, which is similar to the EV6 equipped with the same battery. The maximum charge power for the 53 kWh battery is not specified, but the charging time of 18 minutes is applicable.
Furthermore, it is also the case that the Ioniq 6, like the Ioniq 5, has the vehicle-to-load function, where different electrical devices can be powered via the car’s charging port by using an adapter. In addition, there’s a 230-volt socket located beneath the back seat.
In a live press conference to announce the launch of the Ioniq 6, Hyundai revealed some more information. In particular, a “My Drive Mode” will allow customers to set their adjustments in addition to the standard Sport and Eco modes. Additionally, an intelligent route planning feature will be announced to allow real-time charging station scheduling. This is a crucial feature since the battery preconditioning process, prior to charging speeds, is also done through route planning to be an HPC pillar.
Inside, Hyundai highlights that they have installed four USB-C ports, one USB-A port, and the previously mentioned outlet with 230 volts. It will also permit the interior to be transformed into an office mobile. The center console has been constructed as a shelf to store tablets or laptops while the car is not in motion. Additionally, there is no switches or buttons door’s interior; the windows with electric shutters are situated within the console’s center.
Thomas Schemera, Global Chief Marketing Officer and the Head of the Customer Experience Division of Hyundai Motor Company, also noted the importance of creating a “stress-free car ride.” The company’s manager said the intended audience was “not just couples and singles and families, but also families that like individuality and design.”
Additionally, Hyundai does not see any direct rival model for its Ioniq 6. “I would not like to be too arrogant in saying that there’s no competition. From a customer’s point of view there are obviously others on the market,” Schema said. “But when you look at the design and the options, as well as the design of the vehicle that is focused upon efficiency, I don’t have the need for direct rivals in this segment. It’s the Ioniq 6 that is unique.”
Hyundai has not announced prices yet, but it will be naming prices before the market launch. The production of the vehicle in South Korea is scheduled to begin during the 3rd quarter of 2022, with Europe director Michael Cole planning to launch an initial sale in certain countries by the final quarter of Q3. Then, in South Korea and Europe, the first vehicles will be delivered by the end of this year; however, more significant numbers and the US launch are not anticipated until 2023.
What’s going to be left out from the Ioniq 6’s charge list is the roof-made solar that is familiar with Ioniq 5’s solar roof. Ioniq 5 – even though the Ioniq 6 is trimmed to increase efficiency. The decision not to go with this solar roof was taken following lengthy discussions with the department of design and development and not because of an efficiency aspect. The solar roof requires more space for installation. The space was there for the CUV Ioniq 5, but in the smaller sedan Ioniq 6, the solar roof would have limited the headroom to a certain extent, according to the car’s developers.
Hyundai Ioniq 6 EV 2023 Powertrain Options
In theory, these options for powertrains are very similar to the Ioniq 5’s powertrains since the two vehicles are powered by Hyundai’s Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). There’s a choice of either single-motor rear-wheel drive or dual-motor all-wheel-drive models. The power output for the dual-motor model is similar to the one from Ioniq 5, with the AWD Ioniq 6 delivering 321 combined horsepower and 446 pounds-ft of torque.
In addition, two battery capacities are available, with the rear-drive model available with the 53.0-kWh and 77.4-kWh pack and the AWD model containing the larger battery. Like Ioniq 5, Ioniq 5, the powertrain’s 800-volt design allows the vehicle to benefit from powerful 350-kW AC fast charging stations that can increase the battery’s capacity from 10 to 80 percent charged within 18 minutes.
Hyundai Ioniq 6 EV 2023 Range Estimates
However, Ioniq 6 Ioniq 6 is said to be superior to the Ioniq 5, and with this comes a significant increase in terms of range. Hyundai claims that rear-drive models with the 77.4-kWh battery can last for more than 610 miles on the European cycle of WLTP. Comparing that with the Ioniq 5’s verified WLTP and EPA numbers, we think Hyundai Ioniq 6 EV could earn an EPA rating of around 400 miles.
The slippery form that is Ioniq 6’s shape and slippery design Ioniq 6 plays a huge part in this. Still, Hyundai experts added that the 6 has several improvements to the powertrain, such as new generation semiconductors for the inverter, reworked motors with hairpin windings, and an improved control system when switching between dual-motor and single-motor operation when using the version with all-wheel drive.
The focus should be on efficiency, aerodynamics, and aerodynamics.
While it’s far from being the most efficient electric vehicle currently available, Hyundai’s head of the total vehicle performance development center, Byung Hoon Min, stated in a statement its main focus is “designing one of the best-performing vehicles within the electric vehicle segment.”
It’s also focused on “improving aerodynamics, which has helped make one of the longest electric range vehicles on the market, which will ease customers’ electric range anxiety and will help to grow the market.”
What is the key to getting these fantastic statistics are features like an air flap that is active aerodynamic wheel curtains a built-in rear spoiler and wheel gap reductions.
“In particular wheel, gap reducers can minimize the space between the front and rear of the tire to enhance aerodynamic performance around wheels,” states Hyundai.
Production of 2023’s Hyundai Ioniq6 is expected to start during the second quarter of 2022, with the launch scheduled for Australia during the second quarter of 2023.
Hyundai did not comment on what it anticipates local sales to be. However, it confirmed that “as with Ioniq 5 before, we anticipate the demand to be significantly higher than supply in the near future”.
Currently, 321 units that are Ioniq 5 are being sold in Australia. Of the 172 units sold last year, 585 Kona electric vehicles and 338 were the original Ioniq that is now discontinued as an EV.
Hyundai has confirmed that the Ioniq 6 will be sold in batches online, similar to what has happened for Ioniq 5 since its launch. Ioniq 5 since its local launch in 2021. Another batch of 130 units of the latter was put on the market yesterday, offering a variety of variants and colors and 119 examples of the most powerful Techniq AWD due to do similar on the 20th of July, with another batch due to arrive in August.