Leaked images of the Hyundai Ioniq 6 ahead of its unveiling on June 29 show the aerodynamic shape of the upcoming EV sedan.
Update: Hyundai has now officially released Pictures and press release.
So far we don’t have specifications for the upcoming car, only the look. But the Ioniq 6 will be built on Hyundai / Kia E-GMP platformpillars of their current generation of electric cars.
This means it may share a powertrain with Hyundai’s current Ioniq 5. The Ioniq 5 has options for a 58kWh or 77.4kWh battery in the US, with options for a 168kW/225hp rear-wheel drive or 321hp/239kW all wheel drive configuration.
The Ioniq 6 probably runs a little more efficiently than the Ioniq 5, given its lower, sleek profile compared to the look of the Ioniq 5’s Boxier compact SUV.
Ioniq 6 is marketing Hyundai 2020 Prophecy EV Concept A lot of design DNA carries this concept right up to the final design. The Prophecy has been proposed as a “sports” sedan, so we can also hope it will show better performance than its Ioniq 5/EV6 siblings.
Looking at the photos, it’s clear that the car was built with aerodynamics in mind. Hyundai’s original codename was “Streamliner,” and that’s quite evident in the design.
It has an aerodynamic drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.21, which is among the lowest currently available. The Model 3, the most efficient car ever sold in the US according to EPA ratings, has a .23 CD, while the Mercedes EQS has a .22 CD.
Speaking of EQS – the Ioniq 6 looks a lot like it. It has a similar design with a rounded roofline and a low hood. But the Ioniq 6 is probably more swollen with a particularly low trunk line, too.
Lowering the trunk reduces the amount of air “vortices” that form at the rear of the car, which are one of the main sources of drag in vehicles. It should also help with rear vision – a problem many modern sedans have had as the rooflines have become more rounded to help with aerodynamics.
The spoiler under the window removes some of the car’s aerodynamic shape, but recalls the old-fashioned design Porsche 911 “whale tail”. It doesn’t look like an active aerodynamic surface, although if it was, it would probably improve efficiency even further.
While we’ve only seen two exterior colors in these images so far, there will reportedly be 12 exterior colors available, including matte factory paint colors, a rare option that the Ioniq 5 also offers.
The interior features multi-colored ambient lighting, a stylish gimmick that should be fun to play with. There will be two levels of interior décor, both promising to use recycled or low-impact materials.
There are two interior screens next to each other, with the driver’s side display showing the instruments and the passenger side as a touchscreen for infotainment. The interior side mirror screen in the pictures will not be available in the US, as US regulators still require conventional exterior side mirrors.
Although we don’t know the pricing yet, if the Ioniq 6 shares a platform with the Ioniq 5, it will likely be priced similarly. This starts around $40,000 before incentives are taken into account, and if Hyundai wants to come to market at a lower price than the Tesla Model 3, it’ll need to come up with $48,000 or less (although Hyundai still has access to taxes). Federal credits, while Tesla does not).
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