The Hyundai Ioniq 6 is all set to take on the Tesla Model 3.
Hyundai has finally lifted the veil on the Ioniq 6 in its home market of South Korea. The car shares a lot of similarities with the Ioniq 5, given that the two share the same Electric Global Modular platform, which allows for scalable battery sizes, rear- or four-wheel drive, flat floor, and EV-specific proportions.
Reports suggest that the car will enter production in the third quarter of 2022 – its production in the US will commence in early 2023. While the company has not disclosed the launch date in any specific market, the US website mentions it as a 2024 model.
The Ioniq 6 will be offered with an option between two battery sizes – 53kWh and 77.4kWh. It should be noted that the larger battery is the same size as that of the crossover. The car also gets rear-wheel drive with a single motor, as well as an option of dual-motor all-wheel-drive. The company has not yet revealed the output figures of the single-motor version, but the dual-motor vaersion, on the other hand, makes 315.6bhp and 605Nm of torque.
The Ioniq 6 is set to lock horns with the Tesla Model 3 and gets a maximum range of 610km on a single charge, with the single-motor setup and the larger 77.4kWh battery.
Hyundai says that in the car’s base configuration, it will be one of the most energy-efficient vehicles in the world. Throw in the smaller battery and 18-inch wheels, and according to Hyundai, it'll consume less than 14kWh per 100 kilometres.
In terms of charging, the car will make do with the same 400V/800V setup as the Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, and Genesis GV60. However, the 6, unlike the others, will support 350kW DC fast chargers, which can help the battery get juiced up from 10% to 80% in just 18 minutes.
The new car is loaded with features as well. There’s a 12.0-inch touchscreen display in the middle, which sits next to a matching digital instrument cluster facing the driver. The navigation system will offer a real-time range map based on traffic, terrain, and the state of charge, and the connected services will optimise the route to take advantage of public charging. Other notable features come in the form of a 64-colour ambient lighting system with six presets, which can be customised later
While there is no word from the company yet, the car is most likely to debut in our country next year. It will primarily take on the Kia EV6 but will also go up against the likes of the upcoming Volvo XC40 Recharge.