The futuristic-looking new model goes on sale in Australia next year and promises to put an end to one of the biggest fears about electric vehicles.
The new low-drag sedan’s attractive bodywork returns it to the slipperiest shape on sale, helping to deliver a claimed range of more than 610 kilometers.
Based on a square Ionic 5 hatchback – News Corp Australia Car of the Year – The Ioniq 6 exceeds the stated range of the existing model by more than 100 kilometers.
The low drag body is key to the car’s success, and claimed energy consumption can drop below 14 kWh per 100 kilometers, allowing for an impressive range from the 77.4 kWh battery.
The Ioniq 6 even uses cameras instead of rear-view mirrors to keep aerodynamic interference to a minimum.
The Ioniq 6 will likely be offered locally with a choice of rear or all-wheel drive.
The entry-level model in Australia will be rear-wheel-driven by an electric motor expected to top 160kW.
Drivers who want more grunt can trade range for power with an all-wheel-drive model with 239kW and 605Nm of combined output. This is enough to accelerate to 100 km / h in 5.1 seconds.
It should also charge quickly, as its 800 volt electrical equipment is capable of charging the battery from 10 percent to 80 percent in a claimed 18 minutes.
As with the Ioniq 5, it has vehicle loading capability, allowing owners to plug devices into the charging port using a custom adapter.
The redesigned interior has two 12-inch displays, a Bose stereo, smartphone mirroring, and the promise of wireless updates.
But it won’t match Tesla’s touches, including Netflix, YouTube, and video games – at least not for now.
Expect Australian models to come with features like a surround view camera, advanced driver assistance, and luxury touches like 64-color ambient lighting.
It will enter production in late 2022 and will likely arrive in Australia in early 2023.
Full pricing and specifications will be confirmed closer to the official debut.
Originally published as New Hyundai Ioniq 6 promises Tesla hitting range