Following the popularity and outstanding reviews of the Hyundai Ioniq 5, the company’s next EV, the Ioniq 6, is garnering plenty of praise before release.
Expected to arrive sometime in 2024, Hyundai has an eye on stealing market share from the Tesla Model 3. With a potentially longer range, a more comfortable interior, and Hyundai’s excellent build quality, the Ioniq 6 is ready to go head-to-head with Tesla.
There is still plenty we don’t know about the Ioniq 6, including how much range it will definitely have. However, if the Ioniq 5 is any indication, it’s going to be a great driving experience. Along with its driving prowess, the Ioniq 6 looks sleek with its futuristic design that feels more like a concept car than something you will see in a grocery parking lot.
5 Key Points and Facts About the Hyundai Ioniq 6
- It comes with either single or dual electric motors.
- The Ioniq 6 has options for rear or all-wheel drive.
- This car has an amazing rate of 10 to 80% fast charging in 18 minutes.
- The estimated 0 to 60 mph is 5.1 seconds.
- The total horsepower is 320.
Hyundai Ioniq 6 Specs (Estimated)
Since the details have not yet been released, this is our best guess for what the Hyundai Ioniq 6 will come with:
|Battery||55.0 kWh||77.4 kWh||77.4 kWh|
|Range||300 miles||379 miles||379 miles|
|Acceleration (0 to 60mph)||TBD||TBD||5.1 seconds|
|Display (Infotainment)||Dual 12” Screens||Dual 12” Screens||Dual 12” Screens|
|Wheels||18”||18 or 20”||18 or 20”|
|Fast Charge Time (10 to 80%)||18 minutes||18 minutes||18 minutes|
|Warranty||10-year/100,000 mile||10-year/100,000 mile||10-year/100,000 mile|
Hyundai Ioniq 6: Where to Buy
While Hyundai has introduced the Ioniq 6 to the world, the car won’t enter production for U.S. buyers until late 2023, with deliveries starting in early 2024. Sales of the Ioniq 6 in Korea and select European markets will likely arrive sooner in 2023.
Hyundai hasn’t given official indicators on whether they will introduce a pre-order online or in local car dealers. However, purchasing the Ioniq 6 will take place at Hyundai dealers in the U.S. and around the world.
The History of the Hyundai Ioniq 6: What to Know
Launched to the world on July 12th, 2022, the Hyundai Ioniq 6 will be the company’s second fully electric automobile. Introduced at the Busan International Motor Show in South Korea, the Ioniq 6 was immediately well-received. Hyundai had teased a sketch of the car a few weeks earlier on June 21st, 2022, and then cropped photos on June 29th. It wasn’t until the car show in July that the full vehicle was shown to the world.
SangYup Lee, lead designer for Hyundai’s design team, and Simon Loasby, head of Hyundai’s styling group, are both said to have played integral roles in the car’s design. Taking inspiration from the Stout Scarad and the Phantom Corsair, the Ioniq 6 design is all about streamlining. Loasby has stated that because of the design of the vehicle, it actually appears lower to the ground than it actually is.
Hyundai has emphasized aerodynamics and the contours of the vehicle as a major differentiator over competitors like the Tesla Model 3. Likewise, Hyundai also emphasized standard support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as another differentiator over Tesla.
As is the case with the Hyundai Ioniq 5, the Ioniq 6 is launching with support for the company’s Electric Global Modular Platform (e-GMP) to support fast charging.
Hyundai is also said to have a beefier version of the Ioniq 6 close to ready with the RN22e or “N” series. This trim level is rumored to have an all-wheel drive powertrain, increased horsepower, 21” wheels, and would be 2.1” longer than the ‘regular’ Ioniq 6 trim levels.
The Ioniq 6 is the second of three Ioniq models Hyundai looks to have in the EV market over the next few years. A yet-to-be-previewed Ioniq 7 SUV is set to launch sometime before 2025.
Hyundai Ioniq 6 Versions: Each Edition
With the release of the Hyundai Ioniq 5, the company introduced three different trim levels: SE, SEL, and Limited.
It’s likely that the Ioniq 6 will follow the same path, but Hyundai has yet to confirm how many different versions of the Ioniq 6 will be produced. Instead, it’s better to look at what Hyundai has committed to as far as car features that will be available on different potential trim levels.
Even without an official announcement on horsepower, it’s likely that you will see the same 168hp from the lowest trim level Ioniq 5’s single-motor configuration. On higher trim levels with a dual-motor configuration, you could be looking at numbers similar to the Limited Trim Ioniq 5’s 321-horsepower.
To best compete with the Tesla Model 3, the Ioniq 6 will need well over 300 miles of range. Hyundai’s current estimate of 379 miles on a single charge is based on testing done outside of the U.S. Once the EPA conducts testing in the U.S., the range will likely drop.
Regardless of which trim levels are available and which one you buy, the minimalist design aesthetic of the Ioniq 6 is available on all versions. The same goes for the dual-color ambient lighting which enables you to select from 64 different colors and 6 different themes. This lighting system will add what Hyundai is labeling as “emotion” while driving by changing the brightness of the colors depending on your current speed.
The Ioniq 6 will launch as a traditional four-door sedan with room for five adults including the use of the rear bench seat. All trim levels will also support dual 12” screens including one digital gauge cluster and one infotainment screen.
It remains to be seen if Hyundai will utilize its Highway Driving Assist 2 or semi-automated driving technology across all trim levels.
This supports the driver by braking, managing acceleration, and potentially lane changes without any action from the driver. Additional safety features are likely to include Hyundai’s Blind View Monitor which shows the vehicle’s blind spots through the dashboard when the turn signal is active.
One big unknown is how large the trunk will be on the Ioniq 6 as Hyundai has yet to show off cargo capacity. Given the contours and shape of the rear of the vehicle, it begs the question of whether trunk space will be limited or if a front trunk (frunk) will be available.
The Public Response
It’s too early to tell how well the public response will be until the Hyundai Ioniq 6 is available for purchase. However, initial first looks online have been met with great interest. As the Hyundai Ioniq 5 won rave reviews for its technology, charging, and reliability, expectations are very high for the Ioniq 6.
Initial praise has focused on the sleek design of the exterior of the Ioniq 6 with contoured lines that make it feel more concept than a production vehicle. It’s definitely “head-turning” as it looks vastly different from the type of vehicles that have defined Hyundai for a generation. The same goes for the interior as the dual screens and futuristic-looking design are also likely to drive purchases.
Also receiving a strong public response has been the e-GMP platform. Available on the Ioniq 5, which has won a number of “best of” awards, expectations have been set equally high for the launch of the Ioniq 6. If the car can deliver on its range and aesthetic promises, there is little question Hyundai will have a hit on its hands.
Even with a lot of unknowns around availability and range, it’s clear that Hyundai has set the bar high for its next EV. The company has come a long way from decades prior when its cars were an afterthought for buyers. Today, Hyundai is winning award after award for its design, reliability, and performance. There is every expectation that Hyundai will bring the same care to the Ioniq 6.
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