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New Hyundai Ioniq 6: What Offers, When Debuts

Hyundai Ioniq 6, the second electric vehicle of the brand after the successful Ioniq 5, will be introduced in the next few months. Meanwhile, a production prototype is undergoing final testing.

Hyundai designer SangYup Lee recently confirmed that the Hyundai Ioniq 6’s design is ready. The prototype has hit the road for the last tests before its launch. It has already become a catch of spy photographers.

The Ioniq 6 is based on the 2020 Hyundai Prophecy Concept (pictured), but it is taller. The Ioniq 6 is a direct competitor to the Tesla Model 3. The design of the sedan is such that maximizes the interior space; many aerodynamic improvements have been made as well.

Back in September, it was reported that the launch of the Ioniq 6 was postponed to mid-2022 to extend the body by 20 mm, update the bumpers and headlights, and increase the battery capacity from 72.6 kWh to 77.4 kWh. This capacity exceeds 73 kWh of Hyundai Ioniq 5’s battery.

The alleged late launch of the electric sedan is also due to the delay in the overhaul of the Asan plant where it will be built.

The Hyundai Ioniq 6 is basically identical to the Ioniq 5 from a technical point of view. Both sit on a new E-GMP architecture. The  Ioniq 6 will apparently receive the 800-volt charging technology and will be offered with one or two electric motors.

Hyundai Ioniq 6 has greater aerodynamic efficiency compared to the Ioniq 5. We expect that its driving range will be more than 483 km (300 miles). It is still unclear whether the Ioniq 6 will get a version with a smaller 58-kWh battery pack.

The Kia EV6 crossover, a related model, comes with a 77-kWh battery, so, the Hyundai Ioniq 6 may be close to the EV6 in terms of performance. This means that the rear-wheel-drive version is likely to use a 226-hp engine, while all-wheel-drive vehicles will produce 321 horsepower or 577 hp (like the EV6 GT) in the range-topping N model.

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