Hyundai Ioniq 6 unveiled – Photo test

Hyundai today uploaded a series of photos of its latest electric car model, the Ioniq 6. The car closely follows the company’s Prophesy concept car which wowed the automotive world in March 2019 ‘last year. The Prophesy was sleek and svelte in a way that hadn’t been seen in a passenger car since the Audi 5000 burst onto the scene in 1978.

It didn’t have a nick or nick anywhere on its curvaceous exterior. In fact, perhaps the closest thing to it is the aggressively aerodynamic Mercedes EQXX. But while the Mercedes is a development car with no production prospects, the Prophesy led directly to the Ioniq 6, which will soon enter production.

Image courtesy of Hyundai

Hyundai Ioniq 6

Image courtesy of Hyundai

Most of this story relates to the photos Hyundai released today, as the company didn’t provide any details on powertrains, battery sizes, range, pricing or sale dates. All we know for sure is that it will share the Hyundai/Kia e-GMP electric car platform that underpins the Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6. That means an 800-volt architecture, a choice of a single rear-mounted motor or dual motors powering the front and rear wheels, more than adequate fast charging, and one of the best warranties in the business.

The interior harkens back to the Ioniq 5 with a focus on the customizable mood lighting that’s all the rage these days, though the extent to which it soothes the soul is perhaps more exaggerated than substantial. Car and driver speculates that the Ioniq 6 will cost a few thousand dollars more than the Ioniq 5 based on what appears to be upgraded interior trim and materials. This premium may be somewhat offset by the fact that this is a sedan and not an SUV. Other than the Tesla Model 3, how many battery-electric sedans can you name that are on sale to US customers?

Hyundai Ioniq 6

Image courtesy of Hyundai

Hyundai Ioniq 6

Image courtesy of Hyundai

The only detail Hyundai let slip today is that the Ioniq 6 has an ultra-low Cd of 0.21, which suggests it will have a bit more range than the boxier Ioniq 5. Oh, and don’t expect those side cameras to be included, at least not for US customers who are locked into traditional exterior mirrors, at least for now.

When we know more, you will know more. Hyundai promises a full reveal of the car in mid-July. Until then, feast your eyes on the photos and try not to drool.


 

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