The design of the electric sedan has been signed off for production
This will be the second model in the Ioniq range from Hyundai
The Ioniq 6 will resemble the Prophecy concept unveiled last September
The design of the Hyundai Ioniq 6 is now ready for production, according to the automaker’s chief designer, SangYup Lee.
This new model will be the second to be added to Hyundai’s Ioniq line of electric vehicles and its first electric sedan.
The Ioniq 6 is based on the Prophecy concept that was unveiled at the Munich autoshow in September of last year.
This concept showed a very low sports-sedan with flowing lines that lead to a ducktail spoiler and a reversed sloping rear end.
A couple of prototypes for the production version were seen, but the heavy camouflage they were wearing makes it difficult to see if the spoiler and distinctive rear end will make it to the customers.
According to the designer, the production model will be higher off the ground than the concept due to the use of the automaker’s skateboard platform which integrates the battery under the floor of the vehicle. He also said that the focus for this model was on aerodynamics and interior space.
These are the only official details, but leaked reports show that a redesign of the car was ordered late last year in order to lengthen the body by 20 millimetres to fit a larger, 77.4 kWh battery. The lights and bumpers where also restyled at that time.
The larger battery is already in use in the Kia EV6, but not the Ioniq 5, which is limited to 73 kWh. This means that the Ioniq 6 could be more closely related to the sportier Kia than to its more family focussed sibling.
If this is the case, it is likely that the rear-wheel drive version will be powered by a 226-horsepower motor while the all-wheel drive version could produce 321 horsepower. An N version could also be offered and it would most likely benefit from the same 577 horsepower as the Kia EV6 GT.
The presence of a larger battery and the focus on aerodynamics mean that the Ioniq 6 is expected to have a longer maximum range than the Ioniq 5, perhaps well over 300 miles (482 kilometers).
Despite the design being locked-in, the Ioniq 6 is only expected to be launched towards the middle of 2022.