Hyundai gives first look at Ioniq 6 EV as market share climbs

Hyundai is offering an early look at its upcoming all-electric sedan, the Ioniq 6. It’s coming as Bloomberg reports that the company’s EV market share in Europe and the US is rising quietly, leading to a balance Take note of Tesla’s Elon Musk.

If last year’s all-electric crossover SUV Ioniq 5 drew inspiration from ’70s designs, then it did Top Gear says that the 6 takes inspiration from streamlined vehicles from the 20’s and 30’s like the Stout Scarab. If you liked the look of Hyundai’s 2020 Prophecy concept car, then the Ioniq 6 is the vehicle it’s transformed into.

For now, the South Korean automaker is more focused on showing off the Ioniq 6’s design than its tech specs, so there are no firm details on its battery size or range. But the car uses the same Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) as the Ioniq 5, which was rated for up to 315 miles on a single charge. Range should benefit from the Ioniq 6’s streamlined design, which results in one of the lowest drag coefficients on the market at just 0.21.

Internally, the Ioniq 6 has a couple of different touchscreens: a 12-inch infotainment display and a 12-inch digital cluster. But when it comes to the types of controls you’ll need regularly while driving, like audio or climate controls, Hyundai has opted for physical buttons. “The touchscreen is great when this car is [in] when stationary, but when you’re moving, touchscreens can be dangerous,” says Hyundai design chief Sangyup Lee Ars Technica. “For us, everything that has to do with security, we use hardware. Anything that is not security related will use a touch surface.”

Other interior features include lights on the steering wheel to indicate when the car is charging or waiting for voice commands, the ability to illuminate the cabin with a choice of 64 colors, a completely flat floor and a stretched interior for “optimized legroom”. There is also the option of having camera wing mirrors instead of regular wing mirrors in markets where they are legal ass Notes does not currently include the United States.

However, there is no firm information on how much the Ioniq 6 will cost Ars Technica reports that it’s expected to be cheaper than the Ioniq 5, which starts at $46,650. It’s expected to go into production next month and go on sale in the US in the 2023 model year. It will have a full public reveal on July 14th when we hope to get more specific details on the release date. For a hint of what might follow, check out the Hyundai Seven, a huge concept SUV the company showed off last year.