Hyundai Ioniq 6

  • Hyundai Ioniq 6 gets 614 km range, 13.9 kWh/100 km on WLTP cycle – one of the most efficient EVs ever

    The Hyundai Ioniq 6 will be capable of achieving a range of 614 km on the WLTP testing cycle thanks to its E-GMP electric vehicle architecture drag coefficient of 0.21, the Korean carmaker has announced.

    This capability will make the Ioniq 6 one of the most energy-efficient electric vehicles on sale – at a consumption rate of 13.9 kWh/100 km – when it becomes available in selected European markets this year, and in North America next year. Its aerodynamic drag coefficient of 0.21 is the lowest in Hyundai’s line-up, and is also one of the lowest in the automotive industry, said Hyundai.

    This has been made possible by a range of design elements such as the active air flap, wheel air curtains, integrated rear spoiler and wheel gap reducers, the latter helping to minimise the empty space between the front bumper and the tyres in order to improve aerodynamic performance around its wheel wells, according to the carmaker.

    “We put every effort into designing the most efficient car in the EV segment. Our focus on improving aerodynamics helped to achieve one of the longest all-electric range vehicles available, which will reduce customers’ EV range anxiety and help grow the segment,” said Hyundai head of total vehicle performance development centre Byung Hoon Min.

    Its range comes courtesy of a 77.4 kWh battery, which, depending on specification, is paired with either a single-motor rear-wheel-drive or a dual-motor all-wheel-drive configuration. The highest output comes from the dual-motor AWD that produces 320 PS and 605 Nm of torque, which enables the Ioniq 6 to attain a 0-100 km/h time of 5.1 seconds.

    The Ioniq 6 is built on the E-GMP platform that also underpins the Ioniq 5, which means the use of an 800 V electrical architecture that also supports 400 V charging, says Hyundai. When charging at its maximum rate of 350 kW, the battery of the Ioniq 6 can be replenished from 10% to 80% in 18 minutes, like with the Ioniq 5.

    A vehicle-to-load (V2L) function enables the Ioniq 6 to charge electrical devices and to serve as a backup power supply via its exterior power outlet. Additionally, another outlet beneath the rear seat can recharge devices such as laptops and mobile phones.

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  • Hyundai Ioniq 6 – 610 km WLTP range, 320 PS/605 Nm dual-motor AWD; e-ASD for ‘spaceship-like sound’

    Unveiled towards the end of last month, the Hyundai Ioniq 6 joined the Ioniq 5 in the brand’s range of fully electric vehicles, bringing what it calls the “streamliner” aesthetic in contrast to the square-edged form of the Ioniq 5. Now, more details on the fastback EV have been revealed.

    Hyundai has now revealed that the Ioniq 6 measures 4,855 mm long, 1,880 mm wide and 1,495 mm tall with a wheelbase of 2,950 mm; for comparison, its stablemate the Ioniq 5 is 4,635 mm long, 1,890 mm wide and 1,605 mm tall with a wheelbase of 3,000 mm.

    Packing a 77.4 kWh battery, the Ioniq 6 can be specified with either single-motor rear wheel drive or dual-motor all-wheel-drive. The top powertrain specification is the dual-motor AWD version, which outputs 239 kW (320 PS) and 605 Nm of torque, enabling a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 5.1 seconds. In its most long-reaching form, the Ioniq 6 can attain a range of 610 km on the WLTP cycle, says Hyundai.

    Like the Ioniq 5, the Ioniq 6 is built on the manufacturer’s E-GMP architecture for electric vehicles, and this supports the use of both 400 V and 800 V charging, where the use of the former is possible without additional parts or adapters, says Hyundai. When charging at 350 kW, the Ioniq 6 battery can be replenished from 10% to 80% in 18 minutes, like the Ioniq 5.

    Similarly, the sharing of a platform and electrical architecture enables a similar feature set, including a vehicle-to-load (V2L) function that enables the Ioniq 6 to charge electrical device and serve as a backup power supply when away from the electricity grid, or in emergencies. In addition to the exterior power outlet, a second outlet beneath the rear seat can power items such as phones and laptops.

    Inside, the Ioniq 6 features a modular dashboard comprised of a 12-inch digital instrument panel and a 12-inch touchscreen infotainment display, with support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay while Bluetooth multi-connection enables the pairing of up to two devices at the same time; one for phone calls and the other for music streaming.

    Navigation in the Ioniq 6 is supported by Bluelink infotainment and map updates, while audio playback comes courtesy of a Bose eight-speaker system which includes a subwoofer.

    The infotainment setup in the Ioniq 6 offers real-time travel radius mapping based on the vehicle’s current state of charge, and the onboard connected services also aid the driver in searching for and planning the best route that includes a charging station along the way.

    Optional is the Relaxation Comfort seats for the front row, and all seats in the Ioniq 6 are EV-specific, made to be 30% thinner than the seats in conventional models, offering more space in the cabin. Device connectivity is offered through one USB Type-A and four USB Type-C ports.

    Drive modes and customisation is offered through what Hyundai calls the EV Performance Tune-up system, which enables the adjustment of parameters such as steering effort, motor power, throttle pedal sensitivity and driveline modes, from which the driver can create several different combinations. The Ioniq 6 also has e-ASD which emits a “spaceship-like sound” in the cabin, and the timbre changes with the vehicle’s driving status, says Hyundai.

    In the area of advanced driver assistance systems, the Ioniq 6 packs the latest iteration of Hyundai SmartSense, which includes Highway Driving Assist 2, Smart Cruise Control, and Forward Collision Avoidance Assist. In the SEL and Limited trim variants of the Ioniq 6, additional features include Junction Crossing, Lane-Changing Oncoming and Lane-Changing Side as well as Evasive Steering Assist.

    Further semi-autonomous features include Intelligent Speed Limit Assist, High Beam Assist, while the driver attention warning system observes the driver for inattentiveness and recommends a rest stop if required. This also alerts the driver to the vehicle ahead setting off from a standstill.

    Meanwhile, other assistance features include the blind spot view monitor, blind spot collision assist, avoidance assist, Forward/Side/Reverse Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist.

    Production of the Hyundai Ioniq 6 is slated to begin in the third quarter of this year, and the schedule of market launches will be announced later, said Hyundai.

    The Ioniq 6 will be available in 12 exterior colours, which are Gravity Gold Matte, Abyss Black Pearl, Serenity White Pearl, Curated Silver Metallic, Nocturne Gray Metallic, Nocturne Gray Matte, Transmission Blue Pearl, Biophilic Blue Pearl, Ultimate Red Metallic, Digital Green Pearl, Digital Green Matte and Byte Blue. Meanwhile, the interior can be specified in four colours, which are dark grey with light grey, dark olive green with light grey, black with pale brown, and black.

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  • Hyundai Ioniq 6 EV – electric sedan gets smooth looks, 77.6 kWh battery, 482 km range, 0-100 km/h in 5.2 sec

    Hyundai has unveiled the Ioniq 6, the latest in the brand’s range of fully electric vehicles and which joins the Ioniq 5 that made its debut last February.

    The Ioniq 6 is quite a departure from the Ioniq 5 in terms of exterior design, as the new car employs a “streamliner” aesthetic – as suggested through teasers prior to its debut. Boasting a drag coefficient of 0.21, the Ioniq 6 also offers the lowest drag coefficient of any Hyundai yet, according to the automaker.

    Its slippery aerodynamic traits come from its single-curve silhouette, as well as features such as the low nose, active front air flaps, wheel gap reducers and the optional digital side cameras which take the place of conventional mirrors.

    Towards the rear, the decklid spoiler resides above the fastback boot which has its own lip. Beneath, the Ioniq 6 also employs a fully covered undercarriage, along with optimised deflectors and a reduced wheel-to-arch gap for smoother airflow.

    Visual cues that additionally tie the Ioniq 6 to its Ioniq electric vehicles are in the use of more than 700 Parametric Pixels throughout the car, such as in its headlamps, rear combination lamps, front lower sensors, air vent garnishes and centre console. At the rear of its exterior, the Ioniq 6 also gets a Parametric Pixel high-mounted stop lamp that further emphasises its visual identity.

    Hyundai employs the Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) for the Ioniq 6, as it has on the Ioniq 5 and which is shared with other models from within the group such as the Kia EV6 and the Genesis GV60.

    Technical specifications for the Ioniq 6 are scarce for the time being, though despite its numerical positioning relative to the Ioniq 5, the Ioniq 6 is actually a smaller vehicle. According to Ars Technica, the new, more curvaceous EV has a 50 mm shorter wheelbase than that of the Ioniq 5, which spans 3,000 mm between its axles.

    The sharing of the E-GMP platform that is employed for the Ioniq 5 holds the possibility of shared powertrains and battery specifications, which brings single- and dual-motor configurations for rear- and all-wheel-drive.

    With the larger, 77.6 kWh battery from the Ioniq 5, the Ioniq 6 is expected to yield a battery range of around 482 km. In terms of performance for reference, the most potent Ioniq 5 in 302 hp/605 Nm guise does 0-100 km/h in 5.2 seconds, and a top speed of 185 km/h.

    The Ioniq 6 had been originally intended to remain closer to the design of Prophecy concept car, though packaging of the 150 mm-thick main battery beneath the cabin floor meant that final car as seen here could not be as low-slung as the concept.

    Hyundai design chief Lee Sangyup had intended to stretch the wheelbase of the final car to try and retain more of the show car’s proportions, though wider consensus within the company that it was to be shorter than the Ioniq 5.

    “This was the design and to be honest, it’s what we pushed for at the design centre. but the sales division and marketing decided that 4,485 mm [for the overall length of the Ioniq 6] was about the right size,” Lee told Ars Technica. For comparison, the Ioniq 5 measures 4,635 mm long, with the aforementioned 3,000 mm wheelbase.

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    Hyundai calls the Ioniq 6 cabin a “coccoon-shaped interior” intended as a comfortable hideaway and personal space, and the underfloor location of the vehicle’s battery as part of the E-GMP design enabled the maximising of legroom and overall spaciousness in the cabin, said Hyundai.

    Overall illumination in the Ioniq 6 is provided by dual-colour ambient lighting, and users can select from 64 colours and six dual-colour themes that have been developed by colour experts to help create a lighting environment where the car’s driver and passengers feel relaxed and comfortable. The steering wheel features four Interactive Pixel lights in the centre of the steering wheel to facilitate communication between driver and vehicle.

    The front door cards have been designed without buttons or controls to provide “more breathing room” and storage space, while transparent accents on the crash pad garnish, door map pocket and lower console section accentuate the cabin’s spaciousness, says Hyundai.

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    Complementing its zero-exhaust-emissions nature, the Ioniq 6 environmentally friendly materials and processes in its manufacture, such as with recycled pigment paint extracted from end-of-life tyres for cladding, and bamboo charcoal pigment paint for its body.

    Inside, the cabin of the Ioniq 6 also gets sustainable materials and colour treatments. Depending of trim level, its seats are made from eco-process leather or recycled PET plastic, while bio TPO skin is used for the dashboard, bio PET fabric for the headliner, vegetable oil-derived bio paint for the doors, and in a first for the Ioniq sub-brand, the use of recycled fishing nets for its carpets.

    More details, including the full specifications of the Ioniq 6 will be unveiled next month, says Hyundai, which will further detail the new electric car’s features and technologies.


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Last Updated 26 Jan 2023