Hyundai has revealed images of its next electric vehicle the Ioniq 6 which has a striking resemblance to the Prophecy concept showcased a few years ago. For now, the company is only highlighting the upcoming electric sedan’s design. Technical info reportedly arrives on July 14.
The exterior design is just as rounded and striking as the concept. It even retained the little spoiler at the rear and the unusual vertical accents on the rear bumper. The proportions have suffered a bit in the move to production. There’s far more sheet metal on the sides and above the wheels, making the car taller overall and a bit less wraith-like. But it’s still a striking machine, and it’s certainly sleek in a physical sense. Hyundai claims it has a drag coefficient of 0.21, which was achieved with the shape of the car, plus active grille openings, the spoiler and vents at the rear, underbody panels, and the optional camera mirrors.
Hyundai also isn’t providing any technical details about the interior, but we can learn a lot just by looking at the pictures. Separate screens for the digital instrument cluster and infotainment share a single bezel. On the outer edges, the dashboard arches upward to create space for the displays that show the side camera video feed. A panel below the dash has an array of capacitive buttons for operating the HVAC system.
The design screams, “sexy,” but the Ioniq 6’s underpinnings are Hyundai’s secret sauce. The Ioniq 6 will ride on the automaker’s E-GMP dedicated EV skateboard-style platform. It’s stiff, lending to terrific driving dynamics for future N models. But more importantly, it’s efficient and can recharge quickly. Based on an 800-volt architecture, the Ioniq 6 should be able to charge from 10% to 80% in just 18 minutes, according to Hyundai.
In the power department, a choice of single-motor/rear-wheel-drive and twin-motor/four-wheel-drive powertrains elsewhere, and that’s expected to be the case here, too. A 226bhp RWD entry-level model, 321bhp mid-range 4WD option and range-topping 577bhp Ioniq 6 ‘N’ are on the cards – the ‘N’ with a sub-3.5sec 0-62mph time.