Hyundai Ioniq 6 electric sedan unveiled: 340-mile range, 320 horsepower, 77.4 kWh battery

Hyundai has unveiled its new all-electric sedan, the Hyundai Ioniq 6.

The Hyundai Ioniq 6 made its first appearance earlier this year, and now the vehicle will arrive in the United States in the spring of next year. Today’s unveiling at the Los Angeles Auto Show included plenty of details about the model coming to the United States. There are plenty of reasons to be excited.

First of all, the Hyundai Ioniq 6 offers impressive technical specifications. The sedan is equipped with either single-motor rear-wheel drive or a dual-motor all-wheel-drive system. The model with the single-motor, rear-drive configuration produces a respectable 225 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Whereas with the Ioniq 6’s optional AWD system, customers get 320 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque. Impressive power that will propel the family sedan from 0 to 60 in less than 5 seconds.

Both transmissions are powered by a 77.4 kWh battery that gives the streamlined sedan a range of up to 340 miles. And charging the battery won’t be a problem either, charging from 10-80% in 18 minutes. Unfortunately, the smaller 53 kWh battery sold in other markets will not be available in the United States. Hyundai did not specify an MSRP for any of the upcoming versions at today’s launch event.

Outside of the drivetrain, the Ioniq 6 has a myriad of features, such as vehicle charging capability, over-the-air updates and plenty of charging ports spread throughout the cabin to keep your devices on top. .

The Hyundai Ioniq 6 has almost identical specifications to its big brother, the Hyundai Ioniq 5, as both vehicles are built on the same “E-GMP” platform. However, with the improved aerodynamics of the Ioniq 6 (a drag coefficient of 0.22), customers have access to increased range with the same battery system.

Although impressive, the specs of the vehicle were not the focus of the unveiling today. Presenters focused on the many design elements of the new car and how they affect the occupant experience. “We want our cars to always connect with customers on an emotional level,” said SangYup Lee, executive vice president and director of Hyundai Design Center.

First of all, the interior space of the sedan was a focal point. Hyundai specifically outlined the significant legroom and width found in the new car. Body panels have been compressed to allow for maximum interior space, while the ambient lighting system makes the already spacious cabin feel even more expansive.

The lighting system was not just a selling point for the interior space. Much like the active sound design, the ambient lighting can be adjusted to brighten and dim as the vehicle accelerates and decelerates, only heightening the feeling of speed.

Lighting was also central to the exterior design of the Ioniq 6. Hyundai created a unique design language using square lights, seen primarily on the headlights and taillights of the Ioniq 6 and Ioniq 5 These “pixels”, as Hyundai calls them, are added to the top of the Hyundai Ioniq 6’s functional rear spoiler, and even make their way inside as part of driver-focused U/I elements. .

Finally, Hyundai highlighted the emphasis on durability in its design. Not only did the company pledge to use “eco-friendly materials,” but it also pointed out that the aerodynamic shape adds to the durability of the product, helping consumers recharge less often and use less energy. energy in their transport.

In his closing remarks, José Muñoz, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor North America, said:[the] Ioniq 6 matches the image, efficiency and sportiness that many owners are looking for. Ioniq 6 and its interior space, battery options, charging speed and all-wheel-drive capability will exceed customer expectations.

After introducing the Ioniq 6 in the spring of next year, it will eventually be produced at Hyundai’s new electric vehicle production plant based in Georgia with many other products planned, such as the full-size Hyundai Ioniq 7 SUV which will will arrive in 2024.

It’s clear that Hyundai has found success with its uniquely designed EVs, and many are eagerly waiting for their Ioniq 6 reservation to be filled. It’s sure to be an exciting day when the Ioniq 6 finally hits the roads of North America.

Photo credit: Hyundai Motors North America

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Hyundai Ioniq 6 electric sedan unveiled: 340-mile range, 320 horsepower, 77.4 kWh battery

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