Days after first teasing its subsequent battery-electric car, Hyundai has given us an uncloaked take a look at the Ioniq 6 sedan — or because the automaker has dubbed it, the “Electrified Streamliner.”
As TheDetroitBureau.com beforehand reported, the brand new battery-powered sedan was anticipated to attract closely from the Hyundai Prophecy Concept first unveiled in 2020. It adopts a single, curved line working from nostril to tail with the intention to reduce wind drag and maximize each efficiency and vary. But it additionally creates a particular and probably controversial new design language for the South Korean carmaker.
“Ioniq 6 connects an emotional convergence of functionality with aesthetics,” SangYup Lee, govt vp and head of Hyundai Design Center, mentioned in an announcement accompanying these photographs.
“The distinctive streamlined design is the result of close cooperation between engineers and designers, with obsessive attention to detail and customer-centric values at the core. We have created the Ioniq 6 as a mindful cocoon that offers personalized place for all.”
Déjà vu yet again?
The look of the Ioniq 6 may really set off a way of déjà vu for some readers. The design bears greater than a passing resemblance to the “one-bow” theme that Mercedes-Benz adopted for the EQS, the flagship battery-electric sedan it launched late final 12 months.
Both producers have frequent objectives, particularly decreasing wind drag, which is important with battery-electric automobiles, particularly in the case of maximizing vary.
Ioniq 6 has an especially low drag coefficient of 0.21, in accordance with Hyundai, solely ever so barely greater than that of the EQS — although such measurements can get a bit fuzzy.
Clearing the air
To obtain that stage of aerodynamics, Hyundai designers used not solely a easily curved exterior however added an built-in rear spoiler and “separation traps” by the rear bumper. There are lively air flaps up entrance, “wheel gap reducers,” and super-slim digital facet mirrors.
Automakers have been forecasting the arrival of digital exterior mirrors for many years however the expertise has actually solely simply reached the sensible stage. A handful of fashions providing them have thus far been authorised on the market in Europe and Asia. Federal regulators haven’t given their approval within the U.S. although Tesla and several other different automakers are in search of the go-ahead.
While nearly all key particulars of the Ioniq 6 design are geared toward minimizing drag, Hyundai additionally put a premium on giving the sedan a sublime, high-tech look. It makes use of what the automaker payments as “700 Parametric Pixels,” or miniature LED bulbs, for its head and rear lights, in addition to accenting lighting inside round its air vents and middle console.
Lighting is important to the inside, with ambient lamps that may be set to any of 64 totally different colours.
A “cocoon-shaped interior”
Inside, the Ioniq 6 picks up on some parts first seen with the automaker’s all-electric Ioniq 5 SUV, however the aim was to create a extra “cocoon-shaped interior (which) serves as both a comfortable hideaway and personal space, replete with practical features and sustainable materials to facilitate a mindful, eco-friendly mobility experience and lifestyle,” Hyundai mentioned in a information launch.
Twin 12-inch digital shows prime the instrument panel, one for gauges, the opposite to function the infotainment system.
As with the Ioniq 5, using a skateboard-like platform permits for a flat load ground, and Hyundai makes use of that with an extra-large middle console.
The E-GMP platform is shared with the Ioniq 5 — and can serve future fashions, such because the upcoming Ioniq 7 SUV. The battery pack and motors are mounted beneath the load ground and, with out an inner combustion engine up entrance, some house could possibly be repurposed for passengers and cargo.
It stays to be seen whether or not the rounded form of the Ioniq 6 will impinge on rear headroom, nonetheless.
The versatile E-GMP structure will permit for quite a lot of totally different battery pack sizes and motor configurations. In the Ioniq 6, search for each single and twin motor variants, the latter anticipated to make round 300 horsepower in customary trim. But some observers counsel a model of the Ioniq 6 may also be provided in Hyundai N trim making as a lot as 576 hp, utilizing the identical drivetrain format because the upcoming Kia EV6 GT.
In phrases of vary, the sleeker physique ought to yield large advantages right here. The Ioniq 5 SUV will get an EPA score of as much as 300 miles in rear-wheel-drive type, and 256 miles for the twin-motor package deal. The Ioniq 6 might are available in nearer to 350 miles with a single-motor possibility.
To underscore its drive for a “sustainable future,” Hyundai mentioned it should use plenty of environmentally pleasant supplies for the Ioniq 6, together with recycled pop bottles for seat materials and headliners, “vegan” leather-based options, and even paints derived from vegetable oils.
Look for the formal sheet metallic reveal of the Ioniq 6 subsequent month. It’s anticipated to achieve market as a 2024 mannequin.