- We count on the Ioniq 6 to price within the low $40,000 vary, however Hyundai has given no hints as to pricing.
- The Ioniq 6 will probably be provided with three powertrains, one in every of which has a 340-mile vary between expenses.
- Will probably be obtainable subsequent spring.
Hyundai’s subsequent electrical automobile will probably be a surprising, curvaceous sedan with a spread of as much as 340 miles on a cost. The corporate formally revealed the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 at this week’s Los Angeles Auto Present.
That makes the distinctive, swoopy automobile sound model new. However you’ll have seen footage earlier than. Hyundai has been rolling the midsize sedan out for months, with reveal occasion after reveal occasion. Our Micah Muzio has even been to Korea to drive it.
That was a world introduction of the automobile. However automakers alter vehicles to suit the legal guidelines and tastes of various markets. This week’s occasion confirmed off the Ioniq 6 we’ll get within the U.S. when it goes on sale subsequent spring.
Worth Nonetheless a Thriller
Hyundai has revealed all the pieces however the value, which has been tough to foretell. Most electrical automobiles (EVs) launched by mainstream automakers this 12 months have carried value tags within the mid-$40,000 vary.
They’re beginning to come down — Chevrolet has deliberate one with a $30,000 price ticket. However, as a result of Hyundai builds its electrical vehicles exterior North America, they’re not eligible for the revamped $7,500 federal EV tax incentive. That would pressure Hyundai to decrease the value, if it could actually, to remain aggressive with U.S.-built vehicles.
The corporate is constructing an EV manufacturing unit in Georgia however hasn’t stated whether or not it would make the Ioniq 6.
Three Powertrains, Three Vary Choices
The headline-grabbing quantity is the vary. Subsequent spring, you’ll have the ability to purchase an Ioniq 6 with a spread of as much as 340 miles.
They gained’t all get that quantity. Hyundai will provide the automobile with a alternative of three powertrains, and patrons can commerce vary for energy.
The low cost mannequin will use a single motor on the rear axle, getting 149 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. It has a smaller 53.0 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery pack, and although Hyundai revealed vary numbers for each different Ioniq 6, it’s retaining this determine quiet for now.
A step up will get you 225 horsepower, which can be from a single, rear-mounted motor. It makes use of a 77.4 kWh battery pack and will get that headline vary — 340 miles on a cost. That’s longer than any Tesla Mannequin 3 aside from the Lengthy Vary mannequin, which Tesla advertises however doesn’t at present construct. The longest-range Mannequin 3 you possibly can order right now, the Mannequin 3 Efficiency, is available in at 315 miles.
A better-powered mannequin makes use of a two-motor, all-wheel-drive setup for 320 horsepower and a spread of 310 miles. Hyundai says that one can get from 0-60 mph in “lower than 5 seconds” — a determine solely sports activities vehicles may declare not way back.
The corporate says the Ioniq 6 can cost from 10% to 80% of its battery in simply 18 minutes when linked to a Degree 3 DC quick charger. Nonetheless, these chargers are comparatively uncommon. In real-world numbers, it would take about 7 hours to completely cost on a Degree 2 house charger.
Electrical automobiles are nonetheless a comparatively new expertise, and automakers are nonetheless working to make them extra environment friendly. Hyundai has a brand new trick we haven’t seen earlier than with the Ioniq 6. In case you use its navigation system to search out charging stations, it warms the battery to the optimum temperature for quick charging so that you simply’ll get essentially the most out of that charger whenever you get there.
That navigation system, Hyundai says, can plan longer routes to reap the benefits of chargers and even monitor which chargers alongside your path are out of order (a distressingly widespread downside). We’ve requested for extra particulars on how that perform works.
Distinctive, Curvy Appears to be like Have a Perform
The Ioniq 6 seems to be like a kind train with its unusually slippery form. However that form has a perform past turning curious heads in visitors.
Hyundai says it has a drag coefficient of 0.22 — a quantity we usually affiliate with unique supercars. That’s a part of how the Ioniq 6 will get extra vary out of roughly the identical mechanical bits as its chunkier Ioniq 5 cousin.
Hyundai representatives can’t assist however level out that the quantity is 0.21 exterior the U.S. In different markets, tiny cameras take the place of facet mirrors. American rules require precise facet mirrors.
The opposite distinguishing function of the outside is the lights. Hyundai says the automobile has greater than 700 “Parametric Pixels” in and out. On the skin, the little squares make up the automobile’s lighting. Headlamps, taillamps, indicators — they’re all composed of many tiny packing containers like an 8-bit graphic. It contrasts fantastically with the automobile’s uncommon curves and lends a cool retro-future really feel.
That is what we imagined vehicles would seem like sooner or later once we all had Atari sport consoles and a Walkman with orange foam earpads.
Clear, Easy Cabin
Inside, the design language is smooth and easy. A pair of an identical screens — 12.3 inches and landscape-mounted — sit side-by-side, serving as the motive force’s instrument panel and the middle infotainment display screen. Window switches are within the middle console (Hyundai says that maximizes storage within the doorways. Maybe, nevertheless it additionally makes use of much less wiring and makes manufacturing simpler).
That lighting theme carries over to the within. Hyundai says the inside ambient lights will be set to 64 completely different colours.
Hyundai says the audio system will produce “digital propulsion sound known as electric-Lively Sound Design or e-ASD” to “present distinctive driving sounds contained in the cabin and the flexibility to set the quantity.” We’ve seen electrical automobile designers use all the pieces from engine-like noises to music composed by Hans Zimmer, so we will’t wait to see what Hyundai thinks an electrical automobile ought to sound like.