2023 Hyundai IONIQ 6

Not content with just knocking it out of the park following the release of its quirky and critically acclaimed IONIQ 5 EV crossover last year, Hyundai has another great moment unveiling the IONIQ 6 sedan at the 2022 LA Auto Show. provided.

Its curvaceous silhouette, especially the dramatically curved nose and roofline, is certainly interesting to look at, but it also serves another important function.

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A distinctive side silhouette. (Benjamin Yung)

“So this car design briefing is about how we [get] Its unique and functional aesthetic. We literally see sleek trains and planes, Raymond Loewy’s Coke machine, [and] Dolphins, sharks and falcons look efficient,” said Simon Roseby, head of Hyundai Style Group, as he walked around the vehicle.

This process leads to an unusual boat tail profile, aided by other features such as active air flaps in the front bumper, rear spoiler, underbody cover and reduced wheel arch space, giving the IONIQ 6 a low drag coefficient of 0.22. can be achieved. Same as the Porsche Taycan. Despite sharing the same single- or dual-electric motor set-up as the 5, the mere improvement in aerodynamics improves the estimated range of up to 547 kilometers by about 100 kilometers (depending on drivetrain and battery configuration). it’s different).

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Parametric pixel LED tail lights. (Benjamin Yung)

Another common similarity is the head and tail lamps, which utilize parametric pixel LED lighting. The dot-matrix-like shape carries over not only to the exterior, but also to the cabin, in the middle of the two-spoke steering wheel, around the air vents and center console area. Thanks to the flexibility of the Electric-Global Modular Platform, this so-called streamliner has been built, with a 2,950 mm long wheelbase and a stretched greenhouse that gives a lot of interior space.

A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster sits under a single pane of glass next to a matching 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment display for a very clean dashboard. It has ambient lighting and allows drivers to customize almost any color under the sun. This allows passengers to choose from a spectrum of 64 tones to help them relax. Trim and upholstery are made using sustainable materials such as Hyundai’s first recycled PET (headliner), vegetable oil-based bio-paint (doors) and recycled fishing nets (carpet).

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A Peek Inside the IONIQ 6 (Benjamin Yong)

As mentioned above, the machine is well known. The top-of-the-line all-wheel drive variant combines a 74-kilowatt front electric motor and a 165-kilowatt rear motor with a new, larger 77.4 kWh battery, producing 320 net horsepower and 446 lb-ft of torque for a 0-100 km range. Suitable for Less than 5 seconds per hour, cruising range about 500km.

Supporting both 400 and 800 volt charging, it takes 18 minutes to go from 10 to 80% capacity when connected to a 350 kW Level 3 station. Plug in at home? A full level 2 charge at 240 volts takes 7 hours and 10 minutes. Conversely, the vehicle could be used as a mobile charger to juice recreational equipment or another EV stranded on the street.

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Interesting rear diffuser design. (Benjamin Yung)

It is the first model in the lineup to receive over-the-air firmware updates, improve performance, upgrade navigation and multimedia, and potentially resolve recalls without the need to visit a service center. The 2023 Hyundai IONIQ 6 is part of the brand’s overall strategy to launch 17 EVs by 2030, and is expected to hit showrooms in the spring.

Benjamin Yong is a freelance writer from Vancouver, British Columbia and a member of the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Follow him on Twitter @b_yong.

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