The 2023 Hyundai IONIQ 6, inspired by Hyundai’s Prophecy EV concept, made its North American debut at AutoMobility Los Angeles. (Previous post.) The four-door electrified streamliner, with a target estimated range of 340 miles, is equipped with relevant technology and ultra-fast charging that can charge the battery from 10 to 80% in 18 minutes.
IONIQ 6 is the second Hyundai model to ride on Hyundai’s exclusive Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), which enables two engines, more interior space and optimized performance. IONIQ 6 is part of Hyundai Motor Company’s plan to launch 17 BEV models by 2030 and sell more than 1.8 million BEV units worldwide. IONIQ 6 will be available in spring 2023. Prices will be announced shortly before the sale date.
The IONIQ 6 features an extremely low drag coefficient of 0.22 aided by a low nose, active air flaps, wheel space reducers, an elliptical wing-inspired spoiler with winglet, a lightweight boattail structure, separation traps on both sides of the rear bumper, a full Underbody cover, wind deflector and reduced wheelhouse gap.
Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP allowed designers to stretch the interior front and rear to create optimized legroom and spaciousness that allows passengers to feel comfortable. The platform also allows for a completely flat bottom, giving an expansive feel. The user-focused interior design is exemplified by an ergonomically designed control unit, centrally located to reduce distraction and promote safe, intuitive driving. The modular touchscreen dashboard integrates a 12.3-inch full-touch infotainment display and a 12.3-inch digital cluster under a piece of glass. A bridge-like center console provides convenient and ample in-car storage space.
The interior of the IONIQ 6 is trimmed with sustainable materials and colors. Depending on trim level, these include eco-leather (seats), recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fabric (seats), bio-thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) skin (dashboard), bio-PET fabric (headliner), bio-painted vegetable oils (doors) and a Hyundai first: recycled fishing net (carpet). The exterior includes recycled pigment paint from scrap tires on the side panels and bamboo charcoal pigment paint with Digital Green Pearl color on the body.
IONIQ 6 is available with a range of drive motors to suit every customer’s needs. Customers can combine the 77.4 kWh battery pack with two electric motor layouts, either with a rear motor only or with front and rear motors. The top-of-the-line dual-engine model is an all-wheel drive (AWD) option that produces a combined power output of 320 hp (74 kW front + 165 kW rear) and 446 lb-ft (605 N m) of torque. An IONIQ 6 with this configuration can go from 0 to 60 MPH in less than 5 seconds. The rear engine layout offers 225 hp (168 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque.
Equipped with a single rear motor (2WD) and the 77.4 kWh battery, the maximum range of the IONIQ 6 on a single charge is estimated by Hyundai to be 340 miles. The maximum range of the dual-motor AWD models is estimated by Hyundai to be 310 miles.
Fast charging. IONIQ 6’s E-GMP can support both 400V and 800V charging infrastructures. The platform offers 800V charging capability as standard and can be charged at 400V without additional components or adapters. The multi-charge system is the world’s first patented technology that drives the motor and inverter to boost 400V to 800V for stable charging compatibility.
With a 350 kW charger, the charge of the IONIQ 6 can be increased from 10% to 80% in 18 minutes. If the owner has just five minutes, the IONIQ 6 can regain about 65 miles of range with a 350kW fast charger. The standard 10.9 kW on-board charger completes a full charge in 7 hours and 10 minutes at charge level 2.
battery conditioning. To reduce charging time even further, the IONIQ 6’s battery heater can preheat the battery pack to the optimal temperature when it’s cold outside. This feature is automatically activated when a charge point is entered into the IONIQ 6’s Connected Routing navigation system. The battery heater turns on at the ideal time when IONIQ 6 approaches the charger. The battery pack can also be heated before leaving a destination when the IONIQ 6 is connected via the MyHyundai app.
IONIQ 6 is the first Hyundai model with Over-The-Air (OTA) firmware update technology. The IONIQ 6 can self-improve overall vehicle performance and functions by updating the EV Control Unit (VCU), Integrated Electronic Brake (IEB) or Motor Driver Electronic Power Steering (MDPS) firmware. For example, an OTA could adjust acceleration characteristics by improving accelerator pedal response setting, changing steering sensitivity settings, or resolving a recall. OTA wireless updates can also be used for maps and multimedia software.
Hyundai Motor America will continue to work with Electrify America to support Kona Electric, IONIQ 5 and now IONIQ 6 owners. Hyundai and Electrify America are offering unlimited 30-minute charges on Electrify America’s fast-growing network of ultra-fast chargers for two years from the date of purchase. Electrify America has more than 800 DC fast charging stations and 3,500 single chargers, which is expected to expand to 1,800 charging stations with 10,000 single chargers in the United States and Canada by 2026.
IONIQ 6 also offers a Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) function that allows customers to freely use or charge any electrical device such as electric bikes, scooters or camping gear. It serves as a charger on wheels. This feature can even be used to charge a stranded electric vehicle. It’s ideal for powering necessities during a power outage, tailgate party, camping or outdoor project (1.9kW peak power when using a standard 120 volt outlet). The V2L function is activated with an available accessory adapter and goes into the external charging port. In addition to the exterior power outlet, there is a second power outlet under the rear row seat for charging laptops, phones and other devices in Limited trim.