Hyundai Ioniq 6: Everything we know in Feb 2023 [Update]

  • Competes with the Tesla Model 3, the world's best-selling electric sedan
  • 0.21 Cd-rated "Electrified Streamliner" does 0-60 mph in less than 5 seconds
  • Delivers a stunning EPA-est. range of up to 361 miles miles
  • U.S. launch scheduled in Spring 2023; Prices expected to start in the USD 45-50k range

Update: ‘Performance & Range’ sub-section of ‘Specifications’ and ‘Price & Release date’ section updated.

The Hyundai Ioniq 6 is yet another vehicle from the Korean carmaker that is set to leave a lasting impression. Hyundai has revealed the design and technical details 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:

Design

Video Source: YouTube/HyundaiUSA

Aerodynamic design

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 toward 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, active air flaps (front), and wheel gap reducers, and various other aero measures, the car has an ultra-low drag coefficient – 0.21 Cd.

2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 side profile
Hyundai markets the Ioniq 6 as an “Electrified Streamliner.” Image Source: Hyundai

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).

Body colors

Hyundai offers 12 paint options for the Ioniq 6 globally:

  1. Gravity Gold Matte
  2. Abyss Black Pearl
  3. Serenity White Pearl
  4. Curated Silver Metallic
  5. Nocturne Gray Metallic
  6. Nocturne Gray Matte
  7. Transmission Blue Pearl
  8. Biophilic Blue Pearl
  9. Ultimate Red Metallic
  10. Digital Green Pearl
  11. Digital Green Matte
  12. Byte Blue

Interior

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.

2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 dashboard driver side
The two screens integrated into the dashboard display the digital ORVM’s live feed in the Hyundai Ioniq 6. Image Source: Hyundai

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.

2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 rear seats
The Ioniq 6 has electric seat adjustment switches on the inner side of the seat backrest. It offers plenty of legroom in the rear. Image Source: Hyundai

OTA updates

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.

Interior colors

There are four interior color schemes for the Ioniq 6:

  1. Dark gray with light gray
  2. Dark olive green with light gray
  3. Black with pale brown
  4. Black

Safety

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

Driving

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.

Hyundai Autonomous Driving roadmap
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 will be Level 3 ready, but local regulations dictate its applications. Image Source: Hyundai

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.

Parking

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.

Platform

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.

Specifications

Dimensions

The Hyundai Ioniq 6 measures 191.1 in. in length, 74.0 in. in width, and 58.9 in. in height. The coupe-style electric sedan has a long wheelbase of 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.

Tires

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 in the U.S. in three power-electric configurations: standard-range RWD, long-range RWD, and long-range AWD.

Standard Range RWD

The Ioniq 6 standard-range RWD has a single motor producing 149 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. It uses a 53.0 kWh battery pack which helps deliver a range of 367 km (228 miles) in South Korea. The EPA-est. range figure in the U.S. will be slightly different.

Long Range RWD

The Ioniq 6 long-range RWD has a more powerful rear motor which is tuned to produce 225 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. Another upgrade in this variant is a bigger, 77.4 kWh battery pack that gives it an EPA-est. range of up to 361 miles, which is truly impressive!

Long Range AWD

The Ioniq 6 long-range AWD which uses two motors is at the top of the variant chart. It makes 320 hp of power and 446 lb.-ft. of torque, and takes less than 5 seconds for a 0-60 mph sprint. It has the same, 77.4 kWh battery pack as the Ioniq 6 long-range AWD variant. It can travel up to 316 miles (EPA-est.) on a full charge.

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.

AspectHyundai Ioniq 6 Specification
Length191.1 in.
Width74.0 in.
Height58.9 in.
Wheelbase116.1 in.
Wheels18 in. (SE)/20 in. (SEL)/20 in. (Limited)
Tires225/55R18 (SE) / 245/40R20 (SEL) / 245/40R20 (Limited)
Luggage Capacity11.2 cu. ft.
Front Trunk (Frunk) Capacity0.4 cu. ft.
Headroom (w/o sunroof)38.7 in. (front)/40.2 in. (rear)
Headroom (w/ sunroof)36.8 in. (front)/38.3 in. (rear)
Legroom (practical)42.3 in. (front)/39.2 in. (rear)
Legroom (maximum)45.4 in. (front)/34.7 in. (rear)
Shoulder Room58.0 in. (front)/57.3 in. (rear)
Hip Room55.2 in. (front)/51.1 in. (rear)
Power (SR RWD/LR RWD/LR AWD)149 hp/225 hp/320 hp
Torque (SR RWD/LR RWD/LR AWD)258 lb.-ft./258 lb.-ft./446 lb.-ft.
Battery Pack (SR RWD/LR RWD/LR AWD)53.0 kWh/77.4 kWh/77.4 kWh
0-60 mph Acceleration Time<5 seconds in long-range AWD configuration
Top Speed115 mph
EPA-est. RangeSR RWD – TBA
LR RWD – 361 miles (SE 18″ wheels)/305 miles (SEL/Limited 20″ wheels)
LR AWD – 316 miles (SE 18″ wheels)/270 miles (SEL/Limited 20″ wheels)
EPA-est. Energy ConsumptionSR RWD – TBA
LR RWD – 140 MPGe (SE 18″ wheels)/170 MPGe (SEL/Limited 20″ wheels)
LR AWD – 121 MPGe (SE 18″ wheels)/103 MPGe (SEL/Limited 20″ wheels)
Maximum AC Charging Power10.9 kW
Lowest AC Charging Time (Up to 80% SoC)5 hours 20 minutes (SR RWD)/6 hours 55 minutes (LR RWD)/6 hours 55 minutes (LR AWD)
Lowest Fast charging Time (10-80% SoC)18 minutes
Curb Weight3,935 lbs. (SR RWD)/4,222 – 4,376 lbs. (LR RWD)/4,462 – 4,616 (LR AWD)
Gross Weight4,894 lbs. (SR RWD)/5,313 lbs. (LR RWD)/5,556 (LR AWD)
Hyundai Ioniq 6 specifications (Source: Hyundai Motor America)

Driving impressions

Hyundai offered the domestic media a go in the Ioniq 6 in 2022. Here are a few observations from the media drive program:

Electronics Times‘s review states that the Ioniq 6 has an excellent weight distribution, and even though it is heavy, weighing two tons dry, it’s nimble around the corners. The cabin quietness is also impressive. The EV becomes immediately more responsive on switching to Sport mode.

The Investor says from its 115-km (71-mi) test drive that the car gently speeds up to 100 km/h (62 mph) when pushing the accelerator softly. The driver doesn’t get a torque surge unless they choose to, something nervous first-time EV customers would appreciate.

Top Rider drove the Ioniq 6 in the long-range AWD variant and felt its acceleration is similar to the Genesis G70 3.3T AWD. The feeling when the front motor kicks in is similar to a transmission upshift in a gas-powered vehicle. It is possible to disengage the front motor, thanks to an EV AWD disconnector system. The driver can select from three modes: permanent RWD, permanent AWD, and Automatic AWD. The car emphasizes ride comfort up to medium speeds and offers a “solid sensation” at high speeds. The electric sedan has good stability and allows attacking corners aggressively at high speeds, it says.

The Ioniq 6 that Maekyung.com reviewed was left with a 350 km (217 mi) range after clocking 120 km (75 mi), meaning that it could’ve provided a total range of 470 km (292 mi). The range rating of the car in South Korea is realistic. Officially, the South Korean-spec Ioniq 6 can deliver a range of up to 477 km (296 mi). Maekyung.com says that the EV offers better driving comfort and more cabin quietness than Kia’s EV6, which is a big compliment.

Production

Made in Asan, South Korea

The Ioniq 6 is 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.

U.S. Production

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 soon. 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

Hyundai Ioniq 6 deliveries in the U.S. will start in Spring 2023. Prospective customers can sign up for updates by filling out a form on the company’s website (hyundaiusa.com).

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 43,990. In 2024, the VW ID.7 will become another alternative to the Ioniq 6 in the U.S.

The Ioniq 6 is already on sale in South Korea. Hyundai delivered 11,289 units of the new electric sedan in its home market in 2022.

TopElectricSUV says

The 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.

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Hyundai Ioniq 6 FAQs

What is the expected Ioniq 6 price & competitor list?

The Ioniq 6 in the U.S. should start in the USD 45,000-50,000 range. The Tesla Model 3, Polestar 2 & VW ID.7 would be its rivals.

What is the Hyundai Ioniq 6 range?

The electric sedan delivers an EPA-est. range of 361 miles, with 80 percent charging achievable in about 18 minutes.

What is the Ioniq 6 release date in the U.S.?

The Hyundai Ioniq 6 will reach the U.S. in Spring 2023.

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