A number of Hyundai Ioniq 6 specs have been confirmed by the South Korean brand ahead of opening orders for its latest all-electric vehicle later this year – and this EV’s impressive range is one of the highlights.
The Ioniq 6 is the second electric car in Hyundai’s new Ioniq lineup, and while we’ve already seen what the car looks like, more information has been revealed.
One of the big talking points is the additional 100km range of the company’s first member of the Ioniq family, the Ioniq 5. Hyundai claims the Ioniq 6 will offer an estimated WLTP range of over 610km (about 379 miles).
Compare that number to the Tesla Model 3 Long Range’s 374 miles and up to 404 miles on the Model S, and it looks like Tesla has new competition. The Ioniq 6 will almost certainly also be cheaper than the Model S, and it could very well land in the Model 3 Long Range’s $50,640 / £57,490 price range.
Not that Hyundai is still basing its pricing on the Ioniq 6, but during an exclusive media preview, a spokesperson for the automaker noted that it will look to continue its heritage of premium affordability.
And when you recharge the Ioniq 6, you won’t have to wait long if you find a super-fast charger, as the EV supports 400V and 800V recharges that Hyundai says can replenish the battery from 10% to 80% in just 18 minutes. minutes.
An ‘electrified simplifier’
Hyundai is calling the Ioniq 6 an ‘electrified simplifier’, which is certainly a fancier way of saying sedan or sedan. Whatever name you want to call the design, there’s one thing we can all agree on – it’s tuned to be as streamlined as possible.
In fact, the Ioniq 6 has a drag coefficient of 0.21, and while it’s not as slippery as the Mercedes EQS (which only beats it with a score of 0.20), it’s the most aerodynamic car the company has ever made. .
Customers will be able to choose between two battery sizes; 53kWh and 77.4kWh, with the smaller of the two only available as RWD (rear-wheel drive), while the larger battery can be configured as either RWD or AWD (all-wheel drive).
It’s no slouch either, with the Ioniq 6 capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in 5.1 seconds (that’s the AWD model with 239 kW power), ensuring it won’t be left in the dust. while the lights turn green.
The car’s sweeping, low-drag design goes a long way towards providing the increased range we mentioned earlier, while its wheelbase has been stretched over the Ioniq 5 (both cars are built on Hyundai’s E-GMP platform) to create a wider , dome-shaped interior space for passengers.
inside the dome
Inside you’ll find the company’s ‘Relaxation Comfort Seat’, which can recline almost fully when parked, allowing you to recharge both your body and your car. Much was made of the interior space during the presentation we attended, being billed as a ‘living space on wheels’ with lots of sustainable materials used in the finishes.
There’s a large center console between the front seats, providing the driver with access to all the necessary switches, while the door panels remain almost buttonless.
Hyundai also highlighted the fact that you can rest a laptop on the center console if you want to work when parked/charging. There are plenty of outlets for your devices too, with the Ioniq 6 having four USB-C ports and one USB-A port, plus a traditional home outlet under the second row of seats.
This new EV also inherits the V2L (vehicle to load) reverse charging system we tested on the Ioniq 5, allowing you to use the Ioniq 6’s battery to power or charge other objects – including other EVs.
You’ll also find two large 12-inch screens, one behind the steering wheel – which acts as the instrument panel – and the second centrally positioned with support for touch input, acting as the main infotainment screen. There’s support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, plus you also get a Bose sound system.
To help maintain drag, the Ioniq 6 ditches traditional side mirrors for digital cameras and, inside, curves the edges of the panel upwards to house the digital mirror screens. Hyundai isn’t the first manufacturer to employ digital mirrors, but its implementation might be among the most beautiful we’ve seen to date.
As we already mentioned, there is still no information on the price of the Hyundai Ioniq 6, but we do know that the first vehicles will arrive with customers in South Korea and select European markets before the end of 2022.
Those in the US will have to wait until 2023 for the first Ioniq 6 to hit the roads, with worldwide production increasing significantly from next year. Hyundai expects to open the Ioniq 6 backlog during the fourth quarter (October-December) of this year.