Hyundai unveils design of e-sedan Ioniq 6

Hyundai unveils design of e-sedan Ioniq 6

Hyundai has revealed the design of the new Ioniq 6. The second model of Hyundai's electric sub-brand Ioniq is based on the "Electric Global Modular Platform" (E-GMP), like the Ioniq 5, and offers particularly aerodynamic lines with a drag coefficient of 0.21.

Hyundai has yet to reveal any technical specs for the Ioniq 6, which are expected to follow at the official world debut in July. What is clear is that the Ioniq 6 will be an 800-volt vehicle. Videos surrounding the design unveiling mentioned a wheelbase of 2.95 metres, which puts the Ioniq 6 squarely between the two previous E-GMP models, the Ioniq 5 (3.00 metres) and the Kia EV6 (2.90 metres). As such, the battery capacity is also likely to be in the range of these models - the EV6, for example, has a battery of up to 77.4 kWh installed - but this has not been confirmed for the Ioniq 6.

Probably the most striking view of the Ioniq 6 is from the side: here it's clear that Hyundai is taking seriously its earlier statement that it would give each Ioniq model its very own design language and not just bring offshoots of the emphatically angular and straight lines as well as angles Ioniq 5. In the Ioniq 6, the curved, flowing lines predominate - especially at the front and the roofline.

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The Ioniq 6 has been rigorously designed with aerodynamics in mind - meaning the e-saloon should be able to take full advantage of all the efficiency benefits of the e-GMP. Hyundai says it placed a lot of emphasis on efficiency when developing the platform, and that because the technology is so efficient, it was able to afford to focus on the design of the debut Ioniq 5. With its angular body, which isn't particularly aerodynamic in some places, the 77.4 kWh-updated model comes in at a WLTP range of 507 kilometres, so it will be interesting to see what the more streamlined Ioniq 6 can manage in terms of standard range.

In contrast to the Ioniq 5, Hyundai is taking further aero measures with the sedan. In Europe, the vehicle will also be available with camera exterior mirrors, but in the U.S. there will be conventional exterior mirrors due to regulations. The camera monitors are each placed in the interior at the transition from the dashboard to the A-pillar - but in other models with camera mirrors, the monitors are better integrated into the look, and in Hyundai's case they look very imposed.

The interior itself picks up on many elements of the Ioniq 5, such as the two side-by-side monitors, the gear selector lever and the steering wheel without the brand logo. However, some points have been developed a little further: the pixels instead of the brand logo on the steering wheel can and, thanks to LED technology, can light up and thus be used as an additional means of communication for the vehicle - for example for rear-end collision warnings. The open centre console concept of the taller Ioniq 5 has been replaced by a closed centre console in the saloon.

"The Ioniq 6 combines functionality and aesthetics in an emotional way. The distinctive, streamlined design is the result of close collaboration between engineers and designers, with attention to detail and customer-centric values at its core," said SangYup Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of Hyundai Design Center. "We designed the Ioniq 6 like a cocoon that provides an individual space for everyone."