Hyundai is not too attached to the appearance of previous generations of its cars, leaving designers a lot of space to work. This is confirmed by Hyundai Ioniq 6 – the future electric car manufacturer, created on the basis of Prophecy concept, shown in 2020. According to Hyundai, the designers of the model were inspired by the concept of “streamline”, which was actively used in the design of trains and aircraft in the 1930s.
Despite the obvious affinity with the Ioniq 5, the design of the new electric car is markedly different. The body of the Hyundai Ioniq 6 has a smoother shape, and together with the pixel lights got a large light panel at the rear with a thin trunk lid spoiler. At the choice of customers, the manufacturer will offer alloy wheels in the size of 18 or 20 inches.
Inside, the resemblance to the Ioniq 5 is more noticeable, with the same integrated 12-inch digital instrument panel and touch screen infotainment system on the same diagonal. Some modifications of the Ioniq 6 will get cameras instead of door mirrors.
In addition, the interior of the electric car will be able to offer fully folding front seats. They will be folded almost flat so that the driver and passenger can rest comfortably while the car is recharging.
The two front seats are also separated by a large flat center console, which is said to be designed so that the driver or passenger can place a laptop on it. This is also useful if you want to work while the electric car is charging.
The main competitors of Hyundai Ioniq 6 are BMW i4, Polestar 2, and, of course, Tesla Model 3.
Hyundai has not yet revealed the full specifications, but it is known in advance that the Ioniq 6 will use a larger new-generation battery than 77.4 kWh, which is available in the recently updated Ioniq 5.
Given the more aerodynamic design, it is reasonable to assume that the Ioniq 6 will have a longer range than the Ioniq 5, which according to official data can travel at a full charge of 500 km. If so, it will be competitive with the i4 (up to 580 km), Polestar 2 (540 km) and Model 3 Long Range (600 km).
Performance has not yet been reported, but the rear-wheel drive Ioniq 5 with 225 horsepower can accelerate from 0 to 100 km per hour in 7.3 seconds. As with the closely related Kia EV6, a more powerful all-wheel drive version is also possible.
In terms of price, the Ioniq 6 is expected to start at around $55,000, with electric car sales set to begin next year.