Hyundai Ioniq 6: new direct competitor of the Tesla Model S

Hyundai presents the Ioniq 6 which, as its number indicates, completes its 100% electric range. After the Ioniq 5 SUV with ultra-modern lines, the South Korean manufacturer’s style office delivers a curvaceous copy. Regarding the technical characteristics of this new electric sedan, we will have to wait to discover them in detail.

Like a teaser, before revealing the capabilities of the Ioniq 6, Hyundai therefore highlights the design of its new electric car, knowing that the Hyundai Ioniq 6 makes the link with the Hyundai Prophecy concept car (pictured below) unveiled in March 2020.

Within the Hyundai catalog, the Ioniq 6 will take pride of place with the aim of seeking the current references in terms of electric sedans and, above all, the one that is no longer presented, the Tesla Model S. With its 4.85 m length, the Ioniq 6 displays, on its technical sheet, a rating almost identical to that of the world star of electric cars. Let’s come to the style of the Hyundai Ioniq 6.

The large Hyundai electric sedan is based on the E-GMP platform used on our electric favourite, the Hyundai Ioniq 5. However, unlike the latter, the designers at Hyundai have therefore designed an electric car that plays the card of elegance, thanks to its curves. Of course, the aerodynamic study played an important role in drawing the lines of the Hyundai Ioniq 6.

Sloping bonnet, slightly curved front fenders, Model S-style optics with shapes close to the Prophecy concept car, very straight bumper with vertical inserts, these are the visual codes used by Hyundai, this between modernity and the objective of offering a design at the both identity and pleasing to the eye. Without taking too much risk, the objective is achieved.

In profile, it is, almost without pun intended, the very essence of the design philosophy of the Hyundai Ioniq 6 that stands out with this long curved roof. As for the sides of this electric car, they appear logically refined, discreet and incisive aerodynamic elements bringing an interesting dose of visual sportiness to the underbody. Let’s also admit that the beautiful, very graphic rims of the Hyundai 6 provide visual dynamism to this long electric car. We also note the addition of camera-type mirrors.

It is seen from 3/4 rear and from the rear that the Hyundai Ioniq 6 makes an impression with, once again, extensive research by aerodynamic engineers to optimize the treatment of air flows as much as possible. Purists of the Porsche 911 Turbo will see a striking resemblance that takes shape with this “ducktail” located at the bottom of a small glass surface.

Lower down, it’s a long light strip with a large number of pixels, the hallmark of Hyundai for its “battery-powered” models, which stands out under a small, sharp spoiler integrated, this time, into the bodywork. Then, even lower, the large diffuser impresses with its size and vertical lines. Here, we are very far from everything that exists in terms of the production of electric cars and, so much the better.

Inside the Hyundai Ioniq 6, there is a very high-tech atmosphere with a long dashboard stretched to its maximum, for an even more grandiose effect of automobile living space. A flat, long center console completes, among other things, the architecture of a welcoming passenger compartment. Two screens are combined in the same panel as for the Ioniq 5: digital instrumentation and infotainment screen. If there was one thing to remember about the interior of the Ioniq 6, it is its long wheelbase of 2.95 m which will ensure, for sure, maximum roominess for front and rear passengers.

Finally, following the next episode, in a few weeks, with the revelation of the engines that will be offered on this Hyundai Ioniq 6, a promising electric car which should be marketed at the end of 2022.

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