Hyundai Ioniq 6 debuts as an incredibly weird electric hatchback

Two and a half years after showing the superb Prophecy concept, Hyundai has revealed the production of the Ioniq 6 electric sedan ahead of its on-sale date later this year. Although the Ioniq 6’s distinctive styling is sure to be divisive, it certainly stands out from the crowd and fits in well alongside the existing Ioniq 5. If the Ioniq 5 looks like a 1980s concept hatchback brought to life, the Ioniq 6 is a wack ’90s show car made real.

The Ioniq 6’s design is definitely busier than the concept of prophecy, but the overall form and theme are intact. Its sloping silhouette helps give the Ioniq 6 a 0.21 coefficient of drag, matching the Lucid Air and beating the Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model 3. The arc of the roofline and side windows gives the the rear of the Ioniq 6 looks droopy from certain angles, but I’m in the look – it’s reminiscent of a cool old Citroen DS or Tatra, not to mention something like a Porsche 911. Its bodywork is extremely clean , with a single sharp rising line in the lower sill, and the side skirts and lower sections of the bumper have a contrasting gray finish. I like the subtle curvature of the D-pillar as it flows into the tailgate, meeting the wide, smooth rear fender.

The Ioniq 6 has over 700 parametric bright pixels.

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A thin black strip runs along the top of the front bumper, hiding all the necessary sensors and cameras as well as the lights indicating the car’s charging status. There’s a single, slim intake in the lower bumper that uses active flaps and is flanked by black trapezoidal inserts on the edges of the bumper that hide more air curtains. The short bonnet has a nice sculpt and the headlights contain the same pixel-style LEDs as the Ioniq 5 but housed in a angrier frame. But the rear is when things get really weird. There’s a nice little ducktail spoiler above a pixel taillight bar that runs the full width of the back and comes to a point at each edge. The complex lower bumper has vertical strakes and additional pixel lights, as on the Prophecy concept, as well as air intakes in the corners. The weirdest (and coolest) feature is the second-highest spoiler on the tailgate at the base of the window; it has a transparent panel containing more light pixels to make up the CHMSL. In total, there are over 700 “parametric pixels” on the car, and the Ioniq 6 also debuts Hyundai’s new H badge.

While not as radical as the exterior, the Ioniq 6’s cabin is still cool. The upper dash is essentially the same as the Ioniq 5, with a pair of 12-inch screens merged into a single screen mounted above a strip of air vents that spans the entire length. the length of the dashboard. Instead of an open space below the climate control panel, where the Ioniq 5 has a movable floating center console, the Ioniq 6 has an upper deck-style center tunnel that contains storage compartments and window controls , and there is a large open space below deck . The Ioniq 6 uses materials like recycled PET fabric for the seats, paint derived from vegetable oils on the doors, and carpets made from recycled fishing nets.

It is one of the most aerodynamic production cars of all time.

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As on the Ioniq 5, the steering wheel has four square dots in place of the Hyundai logo – morse code for the letter H – but on the Ioniq 6 they light up in different colors, such as green when the car is in motion. charge. The door cards are fantastic, with a bar containing the speaker grilles independent of the ribbed door panel and a complete absence of buttons for more comfort and space. Configurable ambient interior lighting is standard, with light softly diffused across interior surfaces. Because the US doesn’t allow cameras instead of mirrors, our version of the Ioniq 6 will do without the backup screens at either end of the dash. Unfortunately, Hyundai has yet to release photos of the rear seat or cargo area, but the brand promises passengers will have plenty of legroom and a flat floor.

This ambient lighting is wild.

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We don’t know the exact specs of the Ioniq 6 yet, but it runs on the same E-GMP platform used by the Kia EV6, Genesis GV60 and just about every other upcoming electric vehicle from Hyundai Motor Group. A single-motor configuration and rear-wheel-drive will be standard with optional dual-motor all-wheel-drive, and the Ioniq 6 will likely use a 77.4 kilowatt-hour battery. As for range, expect at least 300 miles on the EPA cycle, if not more given the Ioniq 6’s aerodynamic body.

The Ioniq 6 will go on sale in the US in 2023 with a likely starting price of around $45,000. We’ll know more details when the Ioniq 6 makes its public debut at the Busan Auto Show in July, and it’ll be followed by the big Ioniq 7 SUV Next year.

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