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Here’s Hyundai’s next electric vehicle, the Ioniq 6 sedan



A white Hyundai Ioniq 6 sedan in front of a 1930s airliner in a hangar.
Enlarge / Streamlined plane of the Thirties and Nineteen Forties had been an inspiration for the Hyundai Ioniq 6.


The bodily unveiling of the Hyundai Prophecy idea automobile was an early casualty of COVID, initially scheduled for the hastily canceled 2020 Geneva auto show. That did not cease it from blowing my socks off as soon as Hyundai despatched some photographs over the Web, nevertheless. On the time, I did not assume the Korean automaker would put the idea—which I described as the results of “a transporter accident involving a Mercedes CLS and a Tesla Mannequin 3″—into manufacturing.

Clearly, I used to be being a idiot as a result of simply because the Hyundai 45 idea morphed into the superb Ioniq 5 crossover, the Prophecy has been translated into manufacturing because the Ioniq 6 sedan. Just like the Ioniq 5, the Ioniq 6 makes use of Hyundai’s new E-GMP platform for 800 V vehicles, however importantly, it is really smaller (with a 2-inch/50-mm shorter wheelbase) and will likely be cheaper than the angular Ioniq 5. (Sure, this nonetheless confuses me, as a result of 6 is greater than 5, so one expects a much bigger, dearer automobile, plus the Ioniq 7 is going to be a large seven-seater electric SUV, due subsequent 12 months.)

Probably the most notable change from the idea is the Ioniq 6’s further top, an unavoidable consequence of getting to bundle a 6-inch (150 mm) slab of lithium-ion batteries underneath the cabin’s ground. I requested Hyundai design chief Sangyup Lee if he had been tempted to stretch the manufacturing automobile’s wheelbase to take care of the idea’s proportions.

“This was the design and to be sincere, it is what we pushed for on the design heart. However the gross sales division and advertising and marketing determined that 4,485 [mm, or 176.5 inches] was about the fitting dimension,” Lee informed me.

In the event you detect a touch of the previous within the automobile’s form—significantly the profile—you are not mistaken. Lee informed me that single curvature designs like the Stout Scarab of the Thirties was an affect.

The "Parametric Pixel" rear lights are not quite as wild as the concept's, but they're still very striking. They feature animated patterns that play when the car is locked or unlocked.
Enlarge / The “Parametric Pixel” tail lamps should not fairly as wild because the idea’s, however they’re nonetheless very putting. They function animated patterns that play when the automobile is locked or unlocked.


As you would possibly anticipate, a few of Prophecy’s particulars needed to be toned down for the Ioniq 6, however like its boxy massive sibling, pixellated lights play a giant position at each the entrance and rear of the automobile. The present automobile’s clear acrylic spoiler is now black plastic, however it additionally incorporates the central brake mild, which performs a really Knight Rider-esque animation, sweeping from one aspect to the opposite.

“The pixel is one thing that bridges analog and digital collectively. And it is so distinctive, and the finer it will get, the extra digital it turns into. The precise steadiness of the pixel and light-weight signature is a key in our design,” defined Lee.

The entrance of the manufacturing automobile is a bit fussier than the elegant idea, although. That is by necessity, each to manage airflow round, over, and beneath the automobile, in addition to to bundle the automobile’s numerous sensors (in that black strip). And we will most likely neglect the side-view cameras right here within the US, as laws do not permit them but.

Hyundai wasn’t sharing a lot in the best way of technical specs after we noticed the Ioniq 6 in London, however Lee was justifiably proud that the manufacturing automobile achieved a drag coefficient of simply 0.21, which is able to make it one of many lowest-drag autos on sale. That ought to imply a reasonably hefty vary, particularly if it makes use of the bigger quantity of a 77.4 kWh E-GMP battery—it is comparatively small for an EV, which suggests a smaller frontal space, and the E-GMP-based EVs we have examined have managed a minimum of 4 miles/kWh (15.5 kWh/100 km).

Hyundai's design language describes the interior as "Mindful Cocoon." It's more driver-centric than the Ioniq 5.
Enlarge / Hyundai’s design language describes the inside as “Conscious Cocoon.” It is extra driver-centric than the Ioniq 5.


The inside of the manufacturing Ioniq 6 is extra private to the driving force than the open expanse of the Ioniq 5. Fascinating projection lighting illuminates the cabin at night time, and the steering wheel boss has 4 LEDs that act as a charging indicator in addition to offering visible suggestions that the voice recognition system has heard you. And there are devoted bodily controls for widespread capabilities just like the audio or local weather programs.

“The touchscreen is nice when this automobile is [in] stationary situation, however whenever you’re shifting, touchscreens could be harmful,” Lee informed me. “So we all the time take into consideration proper steadiness, consumer expertise and the buttons and the mixture with the voice activation collectively. Sooner or later clearly voice activation goes to play the key position versus touchscreen, however that is nonetheless in transition. For us, something that pertains to the protection, we use {hardware}. Something not associated to security will use a contact interface. In order that’s how we steadiness that out—that is how we really do the hierarchies,” Lee defined.

Manufacturing of the Ioniq 6 is because of begin this July in Korea, and its formal public unveiling is scheduled for July 14. We do not have a precise date for when US gross sales will start, however we anticipate the automobile right here sooner or later in mannequin 12 months 2023, presumably earlier than the top of this 12 months (though since 2020, who is aware of what is going to occur subsequent week). Pricing info may also have to attend for now, however for context it will likely be cheaper than the Ioniq 5, which begins at $46,650, which suggests an Ioniq 6 will nearly actually closely undercut a Tesla Mannequin 3, which, not like the Hyundais, is not eligible for the federal plug-in vehicle tax credit.

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