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