Hyundai officially launches IONIQ 6 electric vehicle (EV)

Hyundai Motor Company have officially launched its latest electric car, the distinctively sleek and stylish IONIQ 6. This follows the reveal of the ‘Electrified Streamliner’ saloon that we brought you news of last month. This is the brand’s second electric vehicle (EV) and follows in the footsteps of the hugely successful IONIQ 5 crossover

Hyundai says that the IONIQ 6, which was inspired by Hyundai’s Prophecy EV Concept, will deliver an estimated range of over 380 miles (610km). This is helped by the car’s ultra-efficient aerodynamic shape that has an ultra-low drag coefficient of just 0.21.

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The IONIQ 6 is built on Hyundai Motor Group’s Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) and will be capable of ultra-fast, 400-volt and 800-Volt multi-charging without the need for additional components or adapters. It will be available with a range of different drive motors and battery pack options. 

The long-range 77.4kWh battery can be mated with two electric motor layouts, either rear-wheel-drive (RWD) or all-wheel-drive (AWD). The top-of-the-line dual motor setup is an AWD option producing a combined power output of 239kW and 605Nm of torque. This allows the IONIQ 6 to hit 0-62mph (0-100kph) in 5.1 seconds. 

The IONIQ 6 also boasts an impressive energy consumption rate. The energy consumption of the 53kWh standard battery model with 18-inch tyres and the RWD motor option is estimated to be under 14kWh/100 km. This makes the IONIQ 6 one of the most energy-efficient vehicles in the market. 

Jaehoon Chang, Hyundai Motor Company CEO, said: “IONIQ 6 is the next ambitious step forward in Hyundai Motor’s strategy to accelerate its transition to electrification and into a position as a global leader in EVs.

“The IONIQ 6 Electrified Streamliner will provide a unique and distinctive experience for drivers and passengers, optimised in every way to redefine electric mobility.”

Hyundai have developed the interior of the IONIQ 6 to serve as a comfy and personalised hideaway. The dual colour ambient lighting allows the driver to customise the look and feel of the interior cabin by selecting from a spectrum of 64 colours and six pre-selected themes. 

Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President, Global Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Customer Experience Division at Hyundai Motor Company, said: “IONIQ 6 is designed and engineered to seamlessly enhance our daily lives as space to awaken your potential.

“The innovative interior is meticulously thought out as a cocoon-like personal space, enhanced with the latest technologies to create a safe, fun, and stress-free driving experience. The spacious interior, with sustainability and usability at its heart, once again represents a step forward for electric vehicles, in line with the values of our customers.”

The IONIQ 6 is equipped with the next level of Hyundai SmartSense, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, ensuring safety and convenience on the road. Highway Driving Assist 2 (HDA 2) helps to maintain a set distance and speed from the vehicle ahead when driving on a highway. This helps to centre the vehicle in the lane while driving, even though a corner. In case the vehicle on the side is driving close, it assists to adjust the vehicle’s path, as not to be in danger. 

Smart Cruise Control (SCC) helps to maintain distance from the vehicle ahead and drive at a speed set by the driver by reflecting the learned driving style of the driver. When SCC is inactive, the function learns the driver’s driving style. When SCC is activated, the function stops learning and drives automatically by mimicking the learned driving style. 

Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) helps to avoid collisions with objects in front of the vehicle while driving. If a preceding vehicle suddenly slows, or if a forward-collision risk is detected, such as a stopped vehicle or a pedestrian, it provides a warning. 

After the warning, if the risk of a collision remains, it can assist with emergency braking. While driving, if there is a risk of collision with a cyclist ahead, or with an oncoming vehicle while turning at an intersection, it can help assist with emergency braking. 

Further options offer the enhanced functions of Junction Crossing, Lane-Changing Oncoming and Lane-Changing Side along with Evasive Steering Assist. While driving through an intersection if there is a risk of collision with oncoming vehicles from the left or right, it automatically assists with emergency braking. 

When changing lanes while driving, if there is a risk of collision with an oncoming vehicle in the next lane or a preceding vehicle in the next lane, it automatically assists with avoidance steering. And while driving, if there is a risk of collision with a pedestrian, partially in the vehicle’s intended path, it automatically assists with avoidance steering.

Based on all of this the smart-looking IONIQ 6 sounds like an impressive car. We loved the IONIQ 5 when we tested it and can’t wait to take Hyundai’s latest electric car for drive when it’s available. The full video of the launch can be watched below:

Ian Osborne
Ian Osborne
Editor-in-Chief at ElectricDrives

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