Hyundai has been making waves lately with a series of cutting-edge and futuristic designs. The new design language has touched everything from the company’s minivans to electric SUVs. Now the company is set to launch its second all-electric car, in the form of the Ioniq 6.
Hyundai design boss SangYup Lee has confirmed that the new sedan is upon us. “The Ioniq 6 is in the spirit of Prophecy,” Lee said, referring to the concept car, adding “The car gets bigger because of the skateboard platform. And the design maximizes the interior space There are also a lot of aerodynamic improvements on the car, it has been done for a long time.
The Hyundai Prophecy concept was first seen in 2020. The sleek, curved four-door featured bold, pixelated lights, a hallmark of Hyundai in recent times. Reports at the end of last year of Korea Economic Daily reported that the launch of Ioniq 6 was delayed until mid-2022. This was to allow the lights, bumpers and wheel arches to be redesigned before production.
A redevelopment of Hyundai’s Asan plant was also cited as a reason for the delays. Currently responsible for the production of the Hyundai Sonata, retooling was required to build vehicles on Hyundai’s E-GMP platform.
The model was spotted during road tests in camouflage, as shared by Autoblog on Twitter. The details are not easily visible, unfortunately. It is clear, however, that the design is inspired by the curved lines of the Prophecy concept.
The Ioniq 6 will share the E-GMP platform with the Ioniq 5. The 800V battery architecture, complete with fast charging, will be present and supported. Range is likely to be in the range of 200-350 miles depending on the specific configuration. This assumes a similar 77kWh battery capacity as the Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 built on the same platform. It could even exceed that number if the Ioniq 6 is significantly more aerodynamically efficient than the Ioniq 5 SUV.
Single- and dual-motor powertrain options look likely, mimicking those of the Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6. The Ioniq 5 sports 225 hp and 320 hp in RWD and AWD versions respectively. Kia has the EV6 GT coming in with an output of 577bhp, suggesting a hot Ioniq 6 could be quite capable.
It’s likely that we’ll only have to wait a few months to see Hyundai’s entry into the electric sedan market. If the company’s EV efforts so far are up to snuff, expect great range, futuristic aesthetics and a quality driving experience. Don’t expect the concept’s craziest features, like the transparent spoiler and super fancy headlights, to make it to production unmodified. As always, time will tell!
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