Hyundai Ioniq 6 EV spotted: price, specs and release date
September 17, 2021 by
Prototypes of the upcoming Hyundai Ioniq 6 have been spotted. Read on for all we know about the electric saloon so far…
- Hyundai Ioniq 6 spotted
- Inspired by Prophecy concept
- Shares components with Ioniq 5
- Around 300 miles of range
- May use 76.2 kWh battery
- Dual-motor setup possible
- Minimalist cabin anticipated
- Expected to go on sale in 2022
Prototypes of the previously confirmed Hyundai Ioniq 6 have been spotted testing.
It’ll be a production version of the striking Prophecy concept revealed in 2020 and the latest in a line of Ioniq-branded electric cars, following on from the recently-introduced Ioniq 5 and ahead of the rumoured Ioniq 7 SUV.
2022 Hyundai Ioniq 6 design
The new Hyundai Ioniq 6 will be heavily inspired by the recent Hyundai Prophecy concept, albeit with tweaks for production feasibility and road regulations. The concept’s rear-facing cameras looks to have been replaced with conventional wing mirrors on these prototypes, while the roofline appears to have been raised to give back-seat headroom a much-needed boost.
This uber-slinky saloon car (shown throughout) was designed to be as aerodynamic as possible so it combined a simple curved silhouette with a ground-hugging body and the bare minimum of intakes and grilles as showcased by our render seen earlier.
An automatically adjustable rear spoiler further helps to manage the flow of air over the Prophecy concept and even the propellor-shaped wheels have been designed to help cool the brakes as you drive along. You’ll spot aerofoil wheels on the prototype, with the goal of maximising aero efficiency, and it’s likely a spoiler is hiding under the camo at the rear.
2022 Hyundai Ioniq 6 interior
While the Prophecy’s exterior styling is expected to strongly influence the design of the Hyundai Ioniq 6, the same can’t be said of the concept’s interior. For a start, the dual joy-stick controls are certain to be replaced by a conventional steering wheel and the tile-like door trims will probably make way for regular handles and door pockets.
Expect it to be a little similar to the Ioniq 5’s minimalist interior, albeit potentially with larger screens for the infotainment and driver’s display, as well as higher-quality cabin materials.
The wraparound dashboard design could appear on the finished car, and it’s worth keeping your fingers crossed for Hyundai to offer the Ioniq 6 with the Prophecy’s eye-catching tartan seats.
2022 Hyundai Ioniq 6 motors and driving
The new Hyundai Ioniq 6 electric car will be built using the same underpinnings as the new Hyundai Ioniq 5.
As a result, expect it to feature two electric motors; one to drive the front wheels and one to drive the rear wheels. Hyundai may offer a cheaper model using a single motor and two-wheel drive at a later date.
This would likely also serve as the base for the larger Hyundai Ioniq 7 SUV, which is rumoured to go on sale around 2024.
2022 Hyundai Ioniq 6 range and batteries
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 will have around 300 miles of range. It’s expected to use a similar battery pack to the Ioniq 5, although its capacity could be boosted from 72.6kWh to closer to 100kWh in top-spec cars.
The new Ioniq 6 should also be compatible with the latest 150kW public fast chargers, enabling you to quickly add a decent chunk of additional range in just a few minutes.
2022 Hyundai Ioniq 6 price and release date
Hyundai hasn’t announced how much the Ioniq 6 will cost, but it has said that it’ll launch the car in 2022. The smaller Ioniq 5 SUV is expected to cost from around £40,000, so it’s likely the Ioniq 6 will set you back closer to £50,000.
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