Update: ‘Tires’ sub-section added to ‘Specifications’ and ‘TopElectricSUV says’ section added.
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 is yet another vehicle from the Korean carmaker that is set to leave a lasting impression. Hyundai has revealed the exterior and interior design of the new electric car, which borrows plenty of cues from the Hyundai Prophecy concept.
Here’s everything we know about Hyundai’s next-gen electric sedan, one that will compete with the Tesla Model 3 and the Polestar 2 in the United States starting in early 2023:
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The Hyundai Ioniq 6 is a mid-size sedan with distinct proportions (like the Sonata). Its silhouette harks back to the design of the Prophecy concept, featuring a sloping roofline that swoops down gently towards the rear for a coupe-like effect. Hyundai proudly calls the Ioniq 6 an “Electrified Streamliner,” a car with clean, simple lines and a highly aerodynamic design. Thanks to the coupe-style roofline, a low nose, optionally available digital ORVMs, active air flaps (front), and wheel gap reducers, and various other aero measures, the car has an ultra-low drag coefficient – 0.21 Cd.
The Ioniq 6 has an emotional-looking and minimalist front-end with a simplistic bumper and curvy headlamps. In contrast, the rear-end is visibly bold and aggressive with an elliptical wing-inspired spoiler with winglet, a striking full-width tail lamp, and sports car-like prominent bumper with separation traps on both sides. Overall, the showroom-bound car is pretty close to the Prophecy concept, and full credit to Hyundai’s design team led by Sangyup Lee. This is also the first Hyundai to feature a newly designed ‘H’ badge at the front and rear.
Sophisticated digital lights
The Ioniq 6 features Parametric Pixel lights in its headlamps, rear combination lamps, front lower sensors, and the high-mounted stop lamp integrated into the rear wing.
The rear wing of the Ioniq 6 improves its aerodynamic efficiency, resulting in more range and better road manners. Compared to that of the Prophecy concept, it carries a slightly different and simpler design for the integrated third brake light, as seen in the picture below. Hyundai has used two-part tail lamps on the Ioniq 6. The horizontal upper rear light is the tail light and the vertical lower rear lights are a combination of the fog lights (red part) and reverse lights (transparent part).
Hyundai offers 12 paint options for the Ioniq 6 globally:
- Gravity Gold Matte
- Abyss Black Pearl
- Serenity White Pearl
- Curated Silver Metallic
- Nocturne Gray Metallic
- Nocturne Gray Matte
- Transmission Blue Pearl
- Biophilic Blue Pearl
- Ultimate Red Metallic
- Digital Green Pearl
- Digital Green Matte
- Byte Blue
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 has a cocoon-shaped interior with a flat floor, a sleek dashboard featuring up to four screens, a compact two-spoke steering wheel with the 4-dot Interactive Pixel Lights, and a bridge-type center console. The dual display setup for the (12-inch) digital cluster and (12-inch) infotainment display is different from the Ioniq 5, featuring slimmer bezels and a more appealing frame.
The doors almost look like they’re of a concept car, as they have no buttons, providing more storage. Amping up the fanciness is a Dual Color Ambient Lighting system that allows users to choose from a range of 64 colors and six dual-color themes.
To give the driver a more engaging driving experience, there’s a feature called ‘Electric Active Sound Design (e-ASD).’ A driving sound reminiscent of a spacecraft passing through a wormhole plays through speakers as per the speed, the torque state of the motor, and the driver’s willingness to accelerate. The driver can accelerate its volume in three steps. Another Hyundai-first feature in the Ioniq 6 is ‘Speed Sync Lighting,’ which alters the brightness of the interior lightning in the front seats according to the speed. These contribute in lending the Ioniq 6 a unique character.
Roomy rear seating
Compared to a similar-sized ICE sedan, the Ioniq 6 offers more interior space, because there’s no transmission tunnel and the mechanical components are fewer. The E-GMP platform (detailed in another section) optimizes space brilliantly as it provides short overhangs and a large wheelbase, opening up acres of room in the interior.
The rear seats offer generous amounts of space. The backrest is sharply reclined, and there’s plenty of legroom as well. The window area is large, which could amplify the sense of space, and there’s also the rear quarter glass which lets more light inside the cabin. There’s no transmission tunnel, so the floor is flat. However, we have to wait for the press drives to see if rear passengers would sit with their knees high up or whether there would be amply under-thigh support—remember that the battery is positioned between the axles, which raises the floor height.
What’s more, there are grilled pockets behind the backrests to store small items, vertical air vents at the rear, and two USB charging ports. There’s also an armrest in the center, and it only protrudes outwards by a few millimeters, so the Ioniq 6 should seat three abreast at the rear.
The Ioniq 6 supports over-the-air (OTA) software updates. It will be possible to improve the car’s controllers for electric devices, battery, autonomous driving, and more as well as update maps and media software conveniently from home.
There are four interior color schemes for the Ioniq 6:
- Dark gray with light gray
- Dark olive green with light gray
- Black with pale brown
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 comes with a wide range of Hyundai SmartSense ADAS features. Highway Driving Assist 2 (HDA 2), Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control (NSCC), Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Junction Crossing, Lane-Changing Oncoming, Lane-Changing Side, and Evasive Steering Assist (FCA-JC, FCA-LO, and FCA w/ ESA, and FCA-LS), and Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA) are some of the key features here.
The Ioniq 6 is Hyundai’s first model to feature an Intelligent Front-lighting System (IFS). High-beams, while necessary in extremely low visibility, can be dangerous for oncoming vehicles. IFS is Hyundai’s terminology for an anti-glare function that can precisely control the direction and the intensity of the high-beam. It can selectively turn off the LEDs that would create dazzle for the driver of an oncoming vehicle.
IFS is basically a further evolution of High Beam Assist (HBA). HBA completely shuts off the high-beam lights, while IFS can partially turn them off, which is comparatively safer. Do note that Hyundai hasn’t announced this feature in Europe or the U.S. yet.
Autonomous driving & parking
At launch, the Hyundai Ioniq 6 will be available with Highway Driving Assist 2, the company’s Level 2 autonomous driving system. HDA 2 keeps the set distance from the vehicle ahead at the set speed. The car remains centered in the lane, even through a curve. If another car driving on the side approaches the vehicle closely, the path is automatically adjusted to avoid danger. Automatic lane changing is also possible, by giving a turn signal, but only when driving above a certain speed. Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA) ensures the car stays in the zone’s speed limit.
At a later stage, the Ioniq 6 could get Highway Driving Pilot (HDP), which is Hyundai’s upcoming Level 3 autonomous driving feature. With conditional automated driving, the EV can keep a safe distance from the vehicle ahead and maintain its position in the lane all by itself.
Like HDA 2, HDP only works on highways. The driver has to remain conscious and be aware of the surrounding environment at all times, as the vehicle may ask them to take back manual control in case of feature failure or limit situation. It performs minimum risk maneuver when it asks but the driver does not take over the driving functions. In case of an imminent collision risk, HDP tries to maneuver the vehicle out of it.
HDP uses Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), various AI systems, and onboard sensors that gather extensive data regarding the vehicle’s surroundings. LIDAR is a crucial component of autonomy. As per a report from The Korea Economic Daily, Hyundai will install LIDAR sensors on all Level 3 cars.
Hyundai has equipped the Ioniq 6 with Remote Smart Parking Assistance 2 (RSPA 2), which allows customers to remotely park it and exit a parking spot. RSPA 2 works for parallel, perpendicular, and diagonal parking.
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 sits on Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP platform, which is different from the 400-volt architecture that underpins HMG’s conversion BEVs like the Kona Electric and the Niro Electric. E-GMP supports 800 volts, resulting in faster charging times.
E-GMP models also offer bi-directional charging. The platform’s Integrated Charging Control Unit (ICCU) enables the Vehicle to Load (V2L) function, HMG’s terminology for two-way charging.
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 measures 4,855 mm (191.1 in.) in length, 1,880 mm (74.0 in.) in width, and 1,495 mm (58.8 in.) in height. The coupe-style electric sedan has a long wheelbase of 2,950 mm (116.1 in.). Thanks to the E-GMP’s space efficiency, Hyundai’s own Sonata (wheelbase: 111.8 in.) is no match to the Ioniq 6 in terms of interior space.
Hyundai uses N’FERA AU7 EV and N’FERA SPORT EV tires sourced from homegrown brand Nexen Tire on the 2023 Ioniq 6. N’FERA AU7 EV are premium all-season tires that offer reduced noise, thanks to an optimized arrangement between pattern blocks and the application of multi-sequence. The company has applied an optimized compound on these tires, significantly improving fuel economy and wear.
N’FERA SPORT EV tires offer good performance on wet and dry roads while securing the best drainage space. By using a grip-specific compound, Nexen Tire has increased the grip and braking power. Optimizing the pattern design has led to great enhancements in high-speed driving stability and handling performance.
Performance & Range
Hyundai will offer the Ioniq 6 worldwide in multiple power-electric configurations. Gleaning from the official press releases and blogs published for the different markets, there will be at least three variants: standard-range RWD, long-range RWD, and long-range AWD.
Standard Range RWD
The Ioniq 6 standard-range RWD has a single motor producing 111 kW. Hyundai hasn’t released the torque output of the basic version. It uses a 53.0 kWh battery pack which helps deliver a range of 367 km (228 miles).
Long Range RWD
The Ioniq 6 long-range RWD has a more powerful, 168 kW rear motor which is tuned to produce 350 Nm of torque. Another upgrade in this variant is a bigger, 77.4 kWh (697 V/111.2 Ah) battery pack that gives it a range of 524 km (326 miles) with 18-inch wheels and 452 km (281 miles) with 20-inch wheels.
Long Range AWD
The Ioniq 6 long-range AWD which uses two motors is at the top of the variant chart. It makes 239 kW of power and 605 Nm of torque, and takes just 5.1 seconds for a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint. It has the same, 77.4 kWh (697 V/111.2 Ah) battery pack as the Ioniq 6 long-range AWD variant. It can travel up to 484 km (301 miles) with 18-inch wheels and 420 km (261 miles) with 20-inch wheels on a full charge.
Do note that the range figures are applicable to the units sold in South Korea. The EPA-est. range figures in the U.S. will be slightly different, and Hyundai may not offer all the configurations in the American market.
Charging (incl. Plug & Charge)
Based on the E-GMP, the Ioniq 6 features a 400V/800V multi high-speed charging system, which allows charging with a 400V fast-charger as well as an 800-volt ultra-fast charger. With an 800-volt ultra-fast charger, it takes just 18 minutes to charge the battery pack from 10 to 80% SoC.
The Ioniq 6 is the Hyundai electric car that supports the Plug and Charge (PnC) function. V2L is available, and it allows customers to power electronics and appliances using the energy stored in the battery pack at up to 3.5 kW.
|Aspect||Hyundai Ioniq 6 Specification|
|Length (in. / mm)||191.1 / 4,855|
|Width (in. / mm)||74 / 1,880|
|Height (in. / mm)||58.8 / 1,495|
|Wheelbase (in. / mm)||116.1 / 2,950|
|Drag Coefficient||0.21 Cd|
|Power (SR RWD/LR RWD/LR AWD)||111 kW (149 hp)/168 kW (225 hp)/239 kW (320 hp)|
|Torque (SR RWD/LR RWD/LR AWD)||TBD/350 Nm (258 lb.-ft.)/605 Nm (446 lb.-ft.)|
|Battery Pack||53.0 kWh/77.4 kWh|
|0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) Acceleration Time||5.1 seconds in long-range AWD configuration|
|Range (Ministry of Industry, South Korea)||524 km (326 miles) in long-range RWD configuration|
|Fast charging (10-80%)||18 minutes|
Hyundai offered the international media a go in pre-production Ioniq 6 prototypes in South Korea in August 2022. CNET drove two prototypes and has shared a few observation.
One of the prototypes had a 225 hp rear motor and a 77.4 kWh battery pack. CNET says that the Ioniq 6 offers “superb” ride quality with the large 20-inch wheels, even better than the Ioniq 5. The cabin quietness is on the level of a Mercedes S-Class, which is saying a lot. The car soaks up road irregularities and potholes with ease. Lesser body roll compared to the Ioniq 5 was observed by the American publication. The steering is quick and direct, although it doesn’t feel quite connected. The series production units, especially those fitted with smaller, 18-inch wheels, could provide an even better driving experience, feels CNET.
Move Electric was also present at the international media drive. The British publication says that Hyundai didn’t reveal the configuration of the prototype it offered during the short spin, but the feeling was similar to the Ioniq 5 in the way the car accelerated. It couldn’t verify, but feels that the officially claimed 0-62 mph acceleration time of 5.1 seconds is easily achievable.
Move Electric says that the Ioniq 6 is substantially firmer than the Ioniq 5 and is more similar to the Tesla Model 3. It’s better at absorbing road imperfections than the Tesla, although it may not be as engaging due to the lack of an adaptive suspension.
Hyundai Ioniq 6 N
Hyundai N has laid the groundwork for the Hyundai Ioniq 6 N already. It has introduced a concept previewing the high-performance electric sedan, the Hyundai RN22e, a racetrack-ready Ioniq 6 N. The Ioniq 6 N that’s destined to Hyundai showrooms will be a road-legal model with toned down aggression and lack some of the concept’s motorsport-style features.
With its low ground clearance and emphasized shoulders, the RN22e concept has a wide and imposing stance. It sports aggressive a front splitter, larger front air intakes, a massive hood vent, partially blanked headlamps, side skirts, unique mirrors, wider wheel arches, exclusive wheels and tires, a rear diffuser, a triangular brake light, and a fixed rear wing. Plus, there’s an exclusive color scheme with a racing stripe, N branding, red accents, and the works for amplifying the motorsport-inspired looks.
In ‘N Sound+’ the driver gets a thrilling driving experience with an exclusive artificial sound from the interior and exterior speakers. Another feature called ‘N e-shift’ integrates the vibration and shift feel with this artificial sound.
Hyundai N says that it has used 3D printed parts on the RN22e for reduced weight and high rigidity which results in improved cornering. The track-capable electric sedan has two motors, one located at the front and one located at the rear. These motors produce 430 kW of total power and 740 Nm of total torque. They allow a top speed of over 250 km/h (155 mph). Brakes with 400-mm hybrid discs and four-piston monoblock calipers provide the stopping power.
The Ioniq 6 N concept has a 77.4 kWh battery pack and a 400V/800V multi high-speed charging system. Charging the battery pack from 10 to 80% level using an ultra-fast charger (800V) takes less than 18 minutes.
|Aspect||Hyundai RN22e Specification|
|Length||4,915 mm (193.5 in.)|
|Width||2,023 mm (79.6 in.)|
|Height||1,479 mm (58.2 in.)|
|Wheelbase||2,950 mm (116.1 in.)|
|System Power||430 kW (576 hp)|
|System Torque||740 Nm (546 lb.-ft.)|
|Top Speed||250 km/h (155 mph)|
|Battery Pack Capacity||77.4 kWh|
|DC Charging Time (10-80% SoC)||Under 18 minutes|
Made in Asan, South Korea
The Ioniq 6 will be manufactured at Hyundai’s Asan plant in South Korea. The state-of-the-art facility is among the largest in Korea and has served as a model for Hyundai’s overseas plants. For the Ioniq 6, the Asan plant is being upgraded, where models like the Grandeur and Sonata are made currently. Hyundai has confirmed that it will start producing the Ioniq 6 by September 2022.
Hyundai Motor Group will invest USD 7.4 billion in America by 2025, and a sizeable chunk will go into electrification. Production of HMG’s EVs in the U.S. will start with the Genesis Electrified GV70 in December 2022. The first model will roll out of Hyundai Motor’s Montgomery factory in Alabama.
In H1 2025, HMG will start manufacturing EVs in the U.S. at the newly constructed factory in Bryan County, Georgia. This production site will be the company’s first dedicated EV plant worldwide. It will have a battery manufacturing facility as well, established through a strategic partnership. The new EV assembly plant and battery manufacturing facility will entail an investment of approximately USD 5.54 billion. The former will have an annual capacity of 300,000 units. Future models HMG makes in the U.S. may include the Hyundai Ioniq 6 and Hyundai Ioniq 7.
Price & Release date
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 will go on sale in the U.S. in early 2023. In addition to confirming an early 2023 launch, the Ioniq 6 page on the Hyundai USA website says that the availability will be limited initially, as was the case during the Ioniq 5 launch in late 2021. Prospective customers can sign up for updates by filling out a form.
There’s little doubt that the Ioniq 6’s base price would fall between USD 45,000 and 50,000. The closest competitor would be the Tesla Model 3, the prices of which start at USD 46,990. Hyundai may also offer the Ioniq 6 on a limited period subscription basis to gauge customers’ sentiment.
In South Korea, Hyundai started taking pre-orders for on August 22, 2022. The company received 37,446 pre-orders for the electric sedan in its home market on the first day. This figure surpasses the initial interest in the Ioniq 5, which had gathered 23,760 pre-orders on the first day when it was announced in 2021.
Prices of the Ioniq 6 in South Korea start at KRW 52 million (approx. USD 37,776) and go up to KRW 61.35 million (approx. USD 44,568). Customer deliveries may begin by the end of September 2022.
On the Hyundai Prophecy Concept
The Ioniq 6 is the production version of the Prophecy EV concept showcased in March 2020. The concept was slated to be displayed at the 2020 Geneva International Motor Show, but the auto show was canceled because of the pandemic, following which Hyundai showcased the concept at the IAA 2021. The EV is built on the E-GMP, and gets an extended wheelbase and short overhangs.
Hyundai Prophecy Concept, Summary of Luc Donkerwolke’s comments:
- The propeller-type wheel extracts the hot from the brakes, so it’s totally functional.
- The folding roof—the spoiler complements the sleek shape to get the required aerodynamic properties for the EV.
- The pixels denote how digitized the company is and also contrast the fluid design.
- The styling is pure and silent because we are designing a silent EV—the styling reflects the idea.
- Viewers will notice that the interior is clean and puristic—we are inspired by a tropical wonder of Korea, the Jeju island. Its volcanic. You can see shawls in volcanic ashes—dark with the blue waves. This was the inspiration for the topographic layering of the flat floor.
- The steering wheel was substituted with a digital command; two joysticks inside the EV that help you command the EV with precision. They also liberate more space and give customers access to the panoramic screen behind for entertainment and feedback from the cameras.
Hyundai to focus on zero-emissions vehicles
Every year Hyundai reinforces its focus on EVs. With sales increasing steadily, there seems to be a parallel production ramp-up. By 2035, Hyundai wants to sell only zero-emission vehicles in Europe (BEVs and FCEVs), gradually phasing out ICE and hybrid vehicles worldwide. CEO Jaehoon Chang told Automotive News that HMC (Hyundai and Genesis) expects to deliver 220,000 EVs in 2022.
At the CEO Investor Day 2022 on March 2, 2022, Chang said that Hyundai aims to sell 1.87 million EVs and increase its market share in EVs globally by 2030. The E-GMP, however, will not be the only bespoke EV platform. A second EV platform (IMA) will be introduced in the future, to cover all passenger vehicle segments, in addition to Purpose Built Vehicles (commercial).
The 2023 Ioniq 6 is the sleekest, most high-tech, and greenest sedan Hyundai has brought to the market. Significantly more spacious than gas-powered models like Hyundai’s own Sonata, the Ioniq 6 is comparable and in many aspects appears better than Tesla’s Model 3. Its success will now depend on the pricing and a stable supply.
Hyundai Ioniq 6 FAQs
What is the expected Ioniq 6 price & competitor list?
What is the expected Hyundai Ioniq 6 range?
The electric sedan is expected with a range of 379 miles (WLTP), with 80 percent charging achievable in 18 minutes.
What is the Ioniq 6 release date in the U.S.?
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 will reach the U.S. in early 2023.
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