The ‘aerodynamically electrified’ Ioniq 6 looks set to continue Hyundai
(Pocket-lint) – It’s fair to say that Hyundai is making waves in the electric car space, with its Ioniq 5 winning multiple awards – and rightly so. The next electric car will be the Ioniq 6, which it calls “Electrified Aerodynamics”.
There’s a long, low elegance to it, befitting the pared-down name, evoking the romance of a golden age of travel, but offering a decidedly modern proposition.
The design is, of course, driven by aerodynamics to make this car as efficient as possible and that plays its part in helping it achieve that 610km (379 mile) range. There is a 77.4 kWh battery and it is built on the E-GMP platform according to the Ioniq 5.
There will be rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive options, the latter offering 239kW of power, which will do 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds, which is pretty quick. At the same time, Hyundai claims that the Ioniq 6 will be one of the most energy-efficient models on the market.
As we’ve seen on a number of electric cars recently, the interior is really modern and designed more like a living room than a traditional car.
There are things in the Ioniq 6 that you’ll recognize from the Ioniq 5, such as the interior screens and the infotainment system, but on this model the dash flips at the end into spikes that house the screens of the digital mirrors.
Two-tone interior lighting adds to the ambience, while the intensity of ambient lighting can be linked to vehicle speed. The faster you ride, the brighter it will become.
Interior space has been maximized, with seats that are 30% thinner than many cars, so they take up less space, with optional Relaxation Comfort seats. Hyundai sees the Ioniq 6 as more than just a vehicle for getting from A to B – it wants you to use this space to relax or work.
To add to the experience, there’s ‘spaceship sound’ in the cabin, while you’ll be able to tune the car’s performance to your own needs with a personalized drive mode.
There are plenty of driving aids too, with Hyundai taking a leaf from Tesla’s book and offering lane-change assist and other systems to deliver a semi-autonomous driving experience.
What’s probably most exciting about the Ioniq 6 is that much of what’s on offer will be standard. Hyundai tends to offer great entry-level specs and certainly, against competition from Mercedes EQE or BMW i4, price will be key.
First deliveries are expected in Korea and Europe towards the end of 2022, with the United States to follow in 2023.
To kick off the drive experience, Hyundai is heading to the metaverse via Roblox and Zepeto, while there will also be an XR digital studio where you can design the car and view it using various VR headsets.
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Written by Chris Hall.