We first saw the Hyundai Ioniq 6 last month, when pictures of it leaked before its official design debut. While it looks fabulous and Jason’s done a whole design deep-dive on it, specifications were almost entirely guesswork at that point. Hyundai was saving all those juicy tidbits for Wednesday, and we’re now here to deliver the goods.
Let’s start with dimensions. Obviously, Hyundai’s E-GMP platform is as malleable as a pack of Big League Chew. Wheelbases, ride heights, and hip points can all be changed extensively, albeit within reason. So, let’s take a look at the Ioniq 6’s exterior dimensions and give them some much-needed context.
Compared to the Ioniq 5, the Ioniq 6’s wheelbase shrinks by 50 mm (1.97 inches), while length is up by a significant 220 mm (8.66 inches). The Ioniq 5 already feels like a 30/10ths scale of Giorgetto Giugiaro’s Mk1 Volkswagen Golf, so the Ioniq 6 is going to be, in technical terms, one big boy.
At 4,855 mm (191.14 inches) long, it’s just 25 mm (0.98 inches) shorter than a Toyota Camry. What the Ioniq 6 loses over the textbook midsize sedan, it gains back in width. At 1,880 mm (74 inches) wide, it’s 40 mm (1.57 inches) wider than a Camry. Wait a second. This thing isn’t fighting the Tesla Model 3, it’s effectively replacing the Hyundai Sonata.
Honestly, the midsize dimensions of the Ioniq 6 really help the proportions because it’s notably taller than its major contemporaries. At 1,495 mm (58.86 inches) tall, the Ioniq 6 is 110 mm (4.3 inches) shorter than the Ioniq 5 but 53 mm (two inches) taller than a BMW 3-Series. Still, packaging a battery pack can be tricky, so an extra 45 mm (1.77 inches) of height over a Camry isn’t too bad. Honestly, the extra height helps explain how Hyundai was able to package so much into a sedan. We’re talking about up to two electric motors, a proper heat pump, a maximum net battery capacity of 77.4 kWh, and a five-link independent rear suspension setup. That’s not particularly small stuff.
Right, time to get into the number everyone’s waiting for – range. With smaller frontal area than a crossover SUV, the Ioniq 6 should see solid range, although we’re not entirely sure how solid just yet. Hyundai’s estimating a maximum 379 miles (610 km) of range on the very optimistic WLTP cycle when properly equipped. While this tells us almost nothing if we take it at face value, it’s worth noting that the Ioniq 5 rides on the same E-GMP platform as the Ioniq 6 and features an identical battery pack capacity of 77.4 kWh in Extra Long Range trim. The most efficient Ioniq 5 Extra Long Range RWD model achieves a maximum of 315 miles (507 km) of WLTP range in long range rear-wheel-drive configuration, which means that the Ioniq 6 should see about 19.68 percent further driving range. Wow.
However, while assuming EPA figures show a similar delta over the Ioniq 5’s 303 mile (488 km) maximum range might give the Ioniq 6 a potential maximum EPA range of 362 miles (582 km), there’s one big variable to consider. Most world-market Ioniq 6 sedans are available with side-view cameras instead of traditional mirrors, which cut drag coefficient rather dramatically. We’re talking about a drag coefficient of 0.21 versus the drag coefficient of 0.25 our mirror-festooned versions score. However, coefficient of drag is only one facet. Frontal area must also be considered, so don’t be surprised if we have a full article on drag at some point.
What does this mean? Well, the possibility of improved range over the Ioniq 5 is still on the table, but too much speculation is foolish. Still, even when the pack runs low, 350 kW DC fast charging capability will have you absolutely zooming again in no time.
Speaking of zooming, drivers will be able to tweak their driving experience by altering settings for steering weight, pedal response, power output, and driveline mode. While this will likely let drivers slacken off the overly-caffeinated feel of an EV powertrain, it might actually be some sort of personalizable performance mode. Hyundai’s been setting a precedent of letting drivers have fun behind the wheel. Take the Ioniq 5 for example. Unlike in the Ford Mustang Mach-E, you can actually get the Hyundai Ioniq 5’s stability control to leave you alone for casual four-wheel powerslides in the snow. Taking this Kimi Raikkonen-esque approach of “Leave me alone, I know what I’m doing,” and putting it into a sports sedan would be a recipe for proper fun indeed. Backing this up is Hyundai’s surprisingly zesty quoted 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) time of 5.1 seconds for the dual-motor model with the big battery.
On the inside, the Ioniq 6 largely features carryover tech from the Ioniq 5. Sure, the screens for infotainment and gauges feature slimmer bezels, but the displays are largely the same. The big news is new ambient lighting with speed-variable brightness. Yes, speed-variable brightness. Hyundai says “the Speed Sync lighting mode adds emotion to the driving experience by changing the brightness of the interior lighting in the first row based on vehicle speed.”
I’m not sure what they mean by “emotion” or “changing,” I just want to feel like Kanye did when he wrote a line about that Tron bike. Then again, even if the Ioniq 6’s speed-variable ambient lighting doesn’t quite do what I’m picturing, the optional Relaxation Comfort Seats should do what they say on the tin quite nicely. They look to feature fairly alright bolstering, recline properly far, and are said to be 30 percent thinner than contemporary seats for improved interior room. Nice. Rounding things off, Hyundai’s touting something called e-Active Sound Design, or propulsion noises. Basically, this thing’s going to sound like a spaceship on the inside.
So, it looks like a spaceship and sounds like a spaceship, plus color choices promise to be out of this world. We’re talking about 12 colors available from launch, most of which seem rather interesting. Sure, you can get it in a standard array of grayscale colors, but there are six real colors in a variety of finishes to choose from, most of which pack awesome names. How does Gravity Gold Matte, Transmission Blue Pearl, Biophilic Blue Pearl, Ultimate Red Metallic, Digital Green Pearl, Digital Green Matte, and Byte Blue sound?
Expect the U.S.-spec Ioniq 6 to be unveiled at a later date, with production starting for the U.S. market in January 2023. That’s not far away, and a welcome prediction considering the long lead times we’re facing in the new car market right now. Honestly, I’m pretty stoked about the Hyundai Ioniq 6. It looks neat, it features a ton of cool tech, and it’s an actual car instead of a high-riding crossover. Sure, the Ioniq 5 is cool, but sports sedans stole my heart.
Lead photo credit: Hyundai
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I’ll be looking for a car when the market settles back down, and this is interesting. Unfortunately, I’m betting it will be well over 50k.
I wish there were more plugin hybrids.
I just got back from Germany on business. In Stuttgart there are a lot of company-owned cars driven by auto supplier managers and a huge percentage of them are PIH now. I rode with colleagues in both a ’21 Mercedes wagon and a ’22 Passat wagon PIH. These were my first rides in a non-tiny PIH and both were fantastic. I will absolutely be considering one for our next vehicle purchase, assuming we get some availability in the US. Wagons seem really unlikely but I hope we can get some sedan competition.
The drag coefficient of 0.21 is rather impressive. That means a modern mass-produced car has finally caught up with the 1935 Tatra T77A.
I really like that Kia and Hyundai are coming up with fresh automotive styling. So many cars on the road look just like everyone else’s cars. I used to be pretty good at car spotting, but now I frequently need to see the badges on a car to know what make and model it is. But I can definitely tell an Ioniq 5 or an EV6. And I’ll also be able to identify this one when it hits the streets.
And they didn’t have to go all ugly in the process of making their cars stand out, like Toyota did with the Prius and Prius Prime.
I agree with the first part. I think however that that design language was the only way for Toyota to get more attention for their ‘mission’. I mean, imagine they would have given the Prius a regular design like most other cars, the Prius would have been lost in all other cars. Now it seems ugly designs are accepted as long as they are the friend of the climate! I believe the Prius design was the right way marketeer it and to get the hybrid in the market. People needed to talk about it, they had to make it controversial. And, let’s be honest, that ugly design resulted in lots of free publicity!
Nice design! Oh, it’s Korean, you say? Then make that SCARY good design, as in every other manufacturer should now officially be scared of these guys.
I Really like what Hyundai is doing these days – between these and the Genesi, they feel like the only automaker really having fun with their designs, and the fact that they’re actually shipping these and not just showing them off as concepts gives me the warm and fuzzies. If they make something with 2 doors, I’ll be giving a hard look.
I’ve noticed a few times recently that The Autopian has been several hours or even days behind other car sites when it comes to news. This is my favorite place to talk about car stuff, but if I’ve already read about it, chances are I’ve already said whatever I wanted to say elsewhere, and chances are I don’t feel like writing another, similar comment here. I know this site is still a baby and I’m sure you’re working hard, so I get why you might be a little slow on the news sometimes. I just wanted to say that it does have an effect.
I agree, I like the esoteric stuff about taillights and engineering and stuff that you won’t get anywhere else, but I think to reach the critical mass needed for ongoing viability they have to step the mass market auto news game a bit.
I think they need a few more writers on board. I expect we’ll get there soon assuming the site is successful enough to justify it
Disagree, I just stopped checking other car sites since they are trash anyways. “look at what this german tuner did to this Porsche!” or “The Apocalypse Juggernaut 6×6 is unlike anything you’ve ever seen on the road”. Idgaf about this stupid site filler article noone really cares about. I’d rather have news a bit later but more in depth and a better selection.
I think it is an interesting design, kind of looks like a modern iteration of a late 60s Alfa GTV in profile (only). But like most cars compared to their 60s predecessors, just too damn big for my tastes.
Arghhhh! Please get Autopian 2.0 with an edit button soon. Wanted to add, I like what Hyundai is doing these days.
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The only thing I’ve bean wondering about since the leak last month is still bugging me. Where is the charging port? I can’t find it.
It doesn’t show up in the pictures on Autopian (maybe they are renderings?), but I saw it on the right rear fender on some video reviews.
“The big news is new ambient lighting with speed-variable brightness. Yes, speed-variable brightness. Hyundai says “the Speed Sync lighting mode adds emotion to the driving experience by changing the brightness of the interior lighting in the first row based on vehicle speed.””
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Looks okay. It has “Porsche 911 gets flattened and lengthened” vibes going on. But the drooping bottom window line gives it a pooping dog look. That’s not unique to Hyundai at the moment. There’s one large SUV with that same look at the moment. At least the duck tail spoiler draws interest from that element.
Not my cup of tea, but glad it’s here.
I think the thing I like most is that it’s not doing the “one sausage, many lengths” thing everyone does. This is dramatically different from the Ioniq 5, and I like the idea of a car company just going off and having a dealership with all sorts of different styles.
It’s not really to my tastes either – though the Ioniq 5 definitely is – and I’m excited to see what they show off next because of that.
Yep – I’m loving it right up to the C-pillar, and then it’s like the piece of paper just slid off the table. If that waistline just stayed horizontal from the rear door-handle back, it would be absolutely chef’s-kiss.
You’d have an awesome curvilinear wedge shape, fantastic trunk room and avoid the 911/2010 Merc CLS comparisons at the back. I’d buy one.
I mocked it up …
yes, molto better!
It looks better, but something about your version says “4 door audi TT” to me.
And that’s bad?
I will probably never own one of these. But I love the lines and I’m impressed by the specs. A year ago, I traded a Kia Niro EV for a VW ID.4. When my time with the ID.4 is done, I will be looking for something more like the Kia and less like the VW. With any luck, they continue improving, costs come down, and the driving experience is better than it was. The ID.4 is pretty dang impressive, but that Niro driving experience was just…better for my tastes.