2024 Hyundai Ioniq 6 is a new electric vehicle that definitely stands out from the pack

Hyundai caused a stir this year with the retro-inspired Ioniq 5, the automaker’s first vehicle designed to be an electric vehicle since its inception. We’re big fans of the Ioniq 5 – it currently sits atop our ranking of the best luxury electric SUVs. Even though the Ioniq 5 is fairly new, its overall excellence has us wondering what’s next for the burgeoning Ioniq sub-brand.

Fortunately, we won’t have to wait much longer. Hyundai has just unveiled its next electric vehicle, aptly named the Hyundai Ioniq 6, and it’s due out early next year. The Ioniq 6 is an ultra-sleek sedan built on the same Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) that underpins the Ioniq 5. It also uses some of the same design elements that give the Ioniq 5 its unique appearance, namely the pixelated headlight and taillight. clusters – before really heading off in its own direction.

There’s really no getting around the fact that the Ioniq 6 looks weird. Its exterior is an amalgamation of styling cues from other cars. The front looks like a Polestar 2 with a thin grille and first-generation Ford Focus headlights. The profile and pinched rear evoke the Mercedes CLA and CLS, and Infiniti J30, with a Prius-like center spoiler added for good measure.

It’s not very consistent, but we suspect some sacrifice had to be made to achieve the Ioniq 6’s ultra-low 0.21 drag coefficient. For reference, that would make the Ioniq 6 barely bulkier than the most aerodynamic production car in the world, the Mercedes-Benz EQS.

What’s under the hood of the Ioniq 6?

The Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6 share a platform, so it’s no surprise that both also pull from the same set of powertrains. Like its smaller SUV companion, the Ioniq 6 comes standard with a short-range battery and rear-wheel drive – although it has a lower capacity of 53kWh compared to the Ioniq 5’s 58kWh pack. Hyundai hasn’t released power specs, but we’re guessing they’ll come close to the Ioniq 5’s 168 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.

This new EV should feel livelier when you opt for the 77.4kWh pack. Not only does it have more range than the base model, but we expect – based on the Ioniq 5 range – that it will also replace the rear motor with a 225 horsepower unit. Selecting all-wheel-drive adds another motor up front, with a combined output of 320 hp and 446 lb-ft of torque from both sources. Hyundai claims this top model can sprint from 0-60mph in 5.1 seconds, but we think it’ll be even quicker than that, based on our 4.7-second run in an AWD Ioniq 5. .

What about battery life and charging?

We don’t yet know how much range the Ioniq 6 has, but the vehicle’s more aerodynamic shape should translate to improved range over the Ioniq 5. Hyundai says the long-range battery/RWD combo is good for about 380 miles per more generous European WLTP standard – that’s 65 miles better than the Ioniq 5’s best WLTP range number. For reference, the Ioniq 5’s EPA-estimated range is 220 miles with the standard pack, 303 miles with rear-wheel drive and long-range battery, and 256 miles with the AWD powertrain.

As you’d expect, the slipperier Ioniq 6 would also be more energy efficient – ​​Hyundai’s estimate of around 22.5kWh/100 miles would put the more efficient Ioniq 6 variant (smaller battery, RWD, 18 inch wheels inches) near the top of the rankings among current electric vehicles.

As with its crossover counterpart, the Ioniq 6 sedan’s 800-volt architecture allows it to use the fastest DC fast-charging equipment on the market. When plugged into one of the many 350kW ultra-fast chargers, the Ioniq 6 can charge from 10% to 80% in 18 minutes, just enough time to grab a coffee at Starbucks during peak hours. A vehicle-to-charge (or V2L) feature means you can power external devices while camping or working away from home.

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