Hyundai Ioniq 6 EV spotted: price, specs and release date

January 11, 2022 by

The new Hyundai Ioniq 6 electric car has been spotted out on the road. Read on for everything you need to know about this upcoming electric saloon so far…

  • Hyundai Ioniq 6 spotted
  • Inspired by Hyundai 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 2023

Prototypes of the all-new Hyundai Ioniq 6 have been spotted testing, and it looks like it’ll look very similar to the stunning Hyundai ‘Prophecy’ concept from a few years ago. 

This swoopy alternative to the super-popular Tesla Model 3 is the latest in a line of Ioniq-branded electric cars, following on from the Ioniq 5 and ahead of the larger Ioniq 7 SUV

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 6 design

The production car is expected to be toned down from the Prophecy concept

The new Hyundai Ioniq 6 will be heavily inspired by the Hyundai Prophecy concept from 2020, albeit with tweaks to make it meet the latest safety regulations and the constraints of mass production.

The concept’s rear-facing cameras (like those available on the Audi e-tron SUV) look 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. 

The uber-slinky Prophecy saloon car concept 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.

It’s clear that the Hyundai Ioniq 6 prototype (shown throughout with design-cloaking camouflage) will look very similar to this concept, and even features similar aerodynamic alloy wheels.

Its swoopy roofline will make it look similar to the upcoming Mercedes EQE and EQS electric cars, and radically different from cars such as the conventional-looking BMW i4.

It’s likely the finished Ioniq 6 will also have a small rear spoiler, although any clues are hidden under thick black cladding in these photos.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 6 interior

Yes, the finished car will come with a conventional steering wheel…

While the Hyundai 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 Hyundai 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, which is one of the best electric family cars on sale right now. 

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.

See how the Ioniq 5 compared to other new EVs in this range-test video

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. Sales are expected to start in 2023. The smaller Ioniq 5 SUV starts from £37,000, so it’s likely the Ioniq 6 will set you back closer to £50,000. 

If you can’t wait for the new Hyundai Ioniq 6 to go on sale, check out our review of the Hyundai Ioniq 5. Alternatively, check out the latest electric car offers