Hyundai Motor Company is probably going to be dominating electric car sales soon. It doesn’t just have a token electric car; it has an impressive lineup of electric, plug-in hybrid, and hybrid vehicles with at least two or three more fully electric cars on the way. And those “on the way” appear deep into the development and production process.
Not long after Hyundai showed a sketch of the upcoming Ioniq 6, it will unveil a fully realized version of the car. Based on the photos, this vehicle is far ahead in the process and may even be in production already. The images show a continuation of the square or “pixel” theme integrated into the attractive Ioniq 5. Hyundai’s group of current and upcoming electric cars will carry this theme throughout. We’ve even seen it in the SEVEN Concept, a vehicle that will certainly be the Hyundai Ioniq 7. The Ioniq 6 integrates over 700 of these “pixels” throughout the car in such places as headlamps, taillights, front lower sensors, and air vents.
While the Ioniq 7 is family-focused, the Ioniq 6 is more of a sports coupe or sedan with a coupe-like profile. In fact, it looks a little like a futuristic version of the Hyundai Sonata. Like other real and proposed vehicles in the Ioniq family, the Ioniq 6 is fully electric.
We don’t know performance numbers, battery size, or range yet. However, the Ioniq 6 is based on Hyundai’s Electric Global Modular Platform, or E-GMP. Like the Ioniq 5, cars on this platform have a range exceeding 300 miles. The range could be even longer thanks to the slippery profile of the Ioniq 6; less wind resistance means the car could go farther with the same size battery as other vehicles.
SangYup Lee, executive vice president and head of Hyundai Design Center, says of the Ioniq 6, “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 a personalized place for all.”
Inside, there’s a large touchscreen. Users can choose from 64 colors for interior ambient lighting, including six dual-color themes developed by experts to bring about feelings of comfort and relaxation. Sustainable materials are used throughout the cabin. These include the availability of eco-process leather, recycled-PET fabric, bio TPO skin on the dashboard, bio paint derived from vegetable oils, and recycled fishing net material for carpets.
The Ioniq 6 could be on sale as soon as early 2023.