With its elegant design, this prototype whets the appetite for series production

While Hyundai is taking its Ioniq series, which it launched in 2016, off the market in the summer of 2022, Ioniq 6, which is still young, is now announcing another member. The Koreans have now provided an insight into the design and interior of the future 800-volt electric vehicle in a prototype that is very close to production status. Like the 5 introduced in 2021, the new Ioniq model also has a design that combines styles from times gone by with retro-futuristic elements. However, the 6 does not create a clearly visible bridge to the sister model, but instead takes a clearly different direction. Although the technology will be the same, Ioniq 5 and 6 are very different types.

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Hyundai already predicted in 2020 with the Prophecy study that the 6 would be different from the Ioniq 5. The aerodynamically designed sedan concept can also be found in the production model, however, in a more pragmatic interpretation on many points. Of course, it’s not surprising that the design of the series would be a bit more sober. But the almost consistent omission of references to Ioniq 5 is astounding.

The 6’s is clearly not a sedan version of the hatchback 5’s, but a statement in itself. Hyundai’s global design director Sangyup Lee is still talking about an Ioniq family, whose members, however, may look very different, like the pieces in a chess game. Although the king, queen, knight or bishop are clearly different from each other – according to the further analogy with chess – they still form a strong team.

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Just a closer look reveals a few similarities that should characterize all future members of the Ioniq family. This includes a large wheelbase due to the E-GM platform with a corresponding amount of space for passengers, an interior with sustainable materials and a cocoon effect, as well as parametric pixels in the front and rear areas.

The characteristic lights on the back of the Ioniq 6 consist of a large number of rectangular pixels.

As with the 5’s, the small rectangular light elements also provide a wow effect on the 6’s. The stump at the back has a continuous strip of light consisting of two long rows of many small rectangles. An extra light stripe adorns the spoiler lip, while rear and rear fog lights, which are positioned vertically, are integrated into the diffuser-like rear shield. The theme of small luminous rectangles is also reflected in the headlights in the form of a daylight signature. The light design on Ioniq 6 is not only concise, with the help of the many small light points there are different options for animated light sequences.

air resistance coefficient of only 0.21

The outer cladding is distinctly aerodynamic with a roofline that extends in a wide arc and extends far into the short rear buttocks. In addition, there are the door handles that align with the plate trim and the small camera holders in the front doors that act as a streamlined replacement for side mirrors. As with the Ioniq 5, the digital side mirrors will be available for an additional fee. The reward for the effort is a low resistance coefficient of 0.21. Compared to the edgy 5’s with 0.29, the 6’s has a clear advantage.

Incidentally, it is remarkable that the 6’s is less flat than the Prophecy of 1.50 meters and the door windows are not frameless. These are typical concessions to the red pen regime in mass production. The increase in height relative to the prophecy is due to the fact that the battery construction in the floor of the vehicle is the same for all Ioniqs. If frameless doors also had to make some wind noise on the highway, it would, according to Hyundai designer Simon Loasby, be disproportionately expensive for a volume model like the Ioniq 6.

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At 4.86 meters, the 6’s are over 20 centimeters longer than the 5’s, while its 2.95 meter wheelbase is 5 centimeters shorter. Nevertheless, the opportunities for development in Ioniq 6 remain generous front and rear. Despite the roof sloping to the rear, the rear end offers plenty of legroom and good ground clearance. The 6’s is also characterized by a flat floor throughout and, in the optional four-seater version, a continuous center console. Among other things, the interior pleases surfaces partly made of recycled plastic, with a tidy cockpit and a warm, homely atmosphere thanks to ambient lighting. And then there are a few smart details like translucent panels reminiscent of the first generation iMac.

There are four small pixels in the steering wheel of the Ioniq 6. They provide visual feedback from voice recognition and also provide information on charging status.

There are four small pixels in the steering wheel of the Ioniq 6. They provide visual feedback from voice recognition and also provide information on charging status.

Another special feature is four lightweight elements in the center of the steering wheel. They provide visual feedback from voice recognition and also provide charging status information. Thanks to a 6-pixel display on the front of the vehicle, outsiders can also follow the charge. And as befits a modern electric car, the cockpit offers two 12-inch screens on the dashboard in addition to the two optional screens in the camera-based side mirrors. The left behind the steering wheel mainly shows driving-related information, the touch screen on the right stands for pretty much everything else.

For the time being, Hyundai says a bit about the technology in the Ioniq 6, which is expected to start at the turn of the year. But the 800-volt E-GMP architecture sets tight limits in terms of drive, performance and battery life. At this point, the 6’s will be very similar to the Ioniq 5. The same should apply to the price, which could even be a little lower than a comparably motorized Ioniq 5.

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