2022 Hyundai Ioniq 6 spotted.
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The angular Hyundai Ioniq 5 gets its curvaceous counterpart in the Ioniq 6 saloon, due for release this year.
The Hyundai Ioniq 6, which is expected to be released this year, has some things in common with its Ioniq 5 platform mate, but otherwise, its styling is quite different.
The prototype features the same sophisticated wheels as the Australian-market Ioniq 5 model, while the matte silver finish on its lower body and bumper is also reminiscent of an electric crossover.
We also expect modern “parametric pixel” lighting elements to appear on the production Ioniq 6.
The former is taller and more angular, with sharp details and a hatchback body, while the latter is lower, sleeker, curvier and more like a coupe.
Both models were inspired by concept cars, but with the Ioniq 5 closely related to its concept, the Ioniq 6 appears to be more traditional than the Prophecy concept predicts.
Some specs of the Ioniq 6 may be revealed in June 2022 before production starts in July.
It will reportedly use a 77.4 kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery to deliver up to 230 kilowatts of power and a range of 515 kilometres or 319 miles.
It’s unclear which test cycle this range figure is based on, or how powerful the smaller Ioniq 6 model will be.
In contrast, the Ioniq 5 offers 160 kilowatts of power, 350 Newton Metres of torque and a WLTP range of 451 kilometres or 279 miles with single-motor rear-wheel drive, and 225 kilowatts, 605 Newton metres and 430 kilometres or 266 miles of range with dual-motor all-wheel drive.
Both variants use a 72.6 kilowatt hours battery.
Both the Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6 feature Hyundai’s new dedicated E-GMP electric vehicle architecture, which will also be used in the full-size Ioniq 7 crossover due in 2024.
Compared to the more upright Ioniq 5, the Ioniq 6’s lower, sleeker body may help with aerodynamics for greater efficiency, and the shapely saloon styling is heavily inspired by the Prophecy concept.
It is reported to be 4855 millimetres long, 1495 millimetres high, 1880 millimetres wide and has a wheelbase of 2950 millimetres.
That makes it 45 millimetres shorter, 50 millimetres lower and 20 millimetres wider than the Sonata N Line over a 110 millimetres longer wheelbase, and it will reportedly offer comparable interior space to the larger Grandeur not sold here.
Last year, the launch of the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 6 was reportedly delayed by about three months to make it longer in both range and size.
External changes reportedly include redesigned front and rear bumpers that increase overall length by 20 millimetres.
The latter change also appears to move the taillights further up the rear fascia.
As seen on the Ioniq 5, the Prophecy concept has an unusual full-width cutout filled with modern parametric pixels that include the lighting section.
However, spy shots show that the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 6 appears to have shifted to slim horizontal taillights, with the rear still sloping in shades of the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe.
The Ioniq 6 will feature an “illuminated grille,” an automotive first that allows drivers to use the grille as LED lighting.
The grille, developed by its parts division Hyundai Mobis, can change color to indicate conditions such as when it is charging, in an emergency or when the vehicle is in self-driving mode.
Hyundai Motor has pledged to reduce its 2019 carbon emissions levels by 75 percent by 2040, with a goal of achieving zero carbon emissions by 2045.
Hyundai aims to have 30% of its global vehicle sales come from zero-emission vehicles by 2030. By 2040, it wants zero-emission vehicles to account for 80 percent of total sales.
American pricing starts at $45,000. United Kingdom pricing starts at £40,000. European pricing starts at €36,000.
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