Hyundai Ioniq 6 EV is a sleek and stylish profile

Hyundai Ioniq 6 EV is a sleek and stylish profile

Take a first look at the Hyundai Ioniq 6 EV – stripped down, streamlined, but retaining an interior that’s a ‘conscious cocoon’

Here’s the first look at the latest addition to Hyundai’s electric vehicle lineup. Available from next year, the Hyundai Ioniq 6 joins the acclaimed Hyundai Ioniq 5 as the second in a projected range of high-end, long-range electric vehicles.

The Ioniq 6 certainly breaks the mould. Just as the Ioniq 5 complemented its cutting-edge range with a boldly faceted retro-futuristic design, the latest car eschews current trends in favor of a more clean and streamlined approach.

In fact, the company is keen to revive that word, first heard in conjunction with the first aerodynamically shaped cars of a century ago.

This 21st century streamline was strongly suggested by the 2020 Hyundai Prophecy Concept. The name certainly fits, as the drag coefficient of 0.21 puts it just behind Mercedes’ EQS, which at 0.20 is the production car the most slippery currently on sale. That should be good for a range of over 300 miles – the Ioniq 5 peaks at 315.

Other signature Hyundai functions, such as the ability to run appliances or even an entire household from the car battery, will also be offered.

Aerodynamics is a vital battleground for electric vehicle manufacturers. Extensive wind tunnel work as well as details such as rear-view cameras instead of exterior mirrors have helped improve efficiency that might otherwise be lost due to battery weight.

The size is also on the side of the Ioniq 6; as a sleek sedan, it has none of the visual or physical mass of the wildly popular SUV class. The car’s most likely rival is the Tesla Model 3, currently one of the best-selling electric vehicles in the world.

Hyundai design chief SangYup Lee emphasizes the spacious interior of the new car, which he says will become a welcome home for drivers – a “conscious cocoon”.

Next comes the Ioniq 7, the first SUV of the new product strategy. Like its two predecessors, it will be strikingly different, proving that a strong design identity isn’t just about cutting and pasting the same shapes at different scales. §

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