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Hyundai Ioniq 6: coming soon

Rory talks us round the Hyundai Ioniq 6, a sleekly styled and very distinctive electric saloon designed to give the Tesla Model 3 a run for its money

Dan Trent

Words by: Dan Trent

Dan Trent

Additional words by: Dan Trent

Last updated on 5 January 2023 | 0 min read

The Ioniq 5 has been a bit of a game-changer for Hyundai, pretty much overnight transforming people’s perceptions of what was once considered a value brand into one capable of building stylish, desirable and technically advanced electric cars. Exciting news? That was just the start, this Ioniq 6 following hot on its heels while wrapped in very different and highly distinctive bodywork. And Rory’s already had a look around it!
While it’s based on the same foundations as the Ioniq 5 (and the equally impressive Kia EV6 and Genesis GV60) the Ioniq 6 is a very different looking car. Hyundai calls it a streamliner, the sleek and tapering take on a conventional four-door saloon designed to cut through the air as cleanly as possible with the goal of taking you more miles on a charge than ever before.
The road-going interpretation of the eye-catching Prophecy EV Concept, the Ioniq 6 has the benefits of shared Ioniq 5 technology, including a long wheelbase to free up more interior space between the axles. It may be sleek but, as Rory has found out, there’s headroom in the back for adults despite that sloping roofline.
Hyundai is throwing all sorts of emotive buzzwords and catchphrases at the Ioniq 6 but, to cut to the chase, the looks are inspired by both a desire to stand out and also to slice through the air with the minimum of effort. Every drag reducing trick in the book has been thrown at it, including active cooling flaps up front, measures to close the gap between the wheel and the arch in which it is housed and a curious, double-decker spoiler arrangement at the back above a full-width LED light bar. Optional camera ‘mirrors’ do their bit as well. Even the bits you can’t see – like under the car – have been tuned to reduce drag.
Hyundai isn’t sharing any figures on how far the Ioniq 6 will go on a charge thanks to all this aerodynamic work but it’s sure to make a big difference and help address that range anxiety many buyers say puts them off the idea of going electric.
Rory does get a chance to show us round the interior, though, and here we see a neatly combined digital instrument cluster and central screen, while so-called Pixel Lights embedded in the steering wheel give you a constant update on the state of the battery. For those buying into the eco message there will be a choice of sustainable materials for the interior, including recycled drinks bottles and fishing nets for upholstery and carpets. Expect more information on the Ioniq 6 very soon but for the time being let Rory be your guide to this exciting new electric car and don’t forget to hit like and to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more.

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