Hyundai has officially lifted the lid on its long-awaited Ioniq 6 electric sedan – and the Tesla Model 3 may finally have a genuine competitor on its hands.
No powertrain specs have been revealed about the car yet – meaning we don’t know, at this stage, how fast the Ioniq 6 will run nor how long it will run on a single charge – but the Korean automaker has confirmed that it will share the same. excellent electrical architecture Hyundai Ioniq 5.
Hyundai has promised that a more detailed rundown of the Ioniq 6’s internal makeup will be released later this month, although the brand did shed some light on the thought process behind the EV’s decidedly unconventional look during its global unveiling.
To our eyes, the Ioniq 6 looks like an odd mix of Apple’s Magic Mouse and a classic Porsche 911 – not exactly pretty, but not entirely uninteresting either. It’s certainly… different.
Hyundai, however, said the car’s shape embodies the concepts of “Sensuous Sportiness” and “Optimistic Futurism,” which could also be marketing jargon for “the Ioniq 6 is the automotive child of a Tesla Model 3 and VW.” Beetle”.
Viewed from the rear, the sedan definitely fits the Porsche-Beetle mold, with a wide range of taillights adding a noticeable sense of modernity to a classic design. Incidentally, these taillights, along with the Ioniq 6’s headlights, third brake light, and rear reflectors, comprise a total of 700 Parametric Pixel LEDs, of the type found on the Ioniq 5.
The car’s interior also takes obvious cues from the Ioniq 5, with two 12.3-inch screens placed side by side in a cabin filled with recycled materials.
Aside from these few features, though, we don’t know much more about the sedan. Hyundai said it expects the Ioniq 6 to go on sale in the first half of 2023, and rumors have suggested its price will be lower than the Tesla Model 3 – but that’s the only other information we have at this stage.
The automaker is hard at work developing an Ioniq 7 electric SUV alongside preparations for the proper launch of the Ioniq 6, so perhaps we’ll learn more about the latter with any news about the former. Either way, Hyundai looks set to enjoy several stellar years, disrupting the booming electric car market.
If you want to know more about the other new EVs hitting the roads in 2022 and beyond, check out our all-electric DeLorean DMC breakdown and our review of the new Mercedes EQXX range record.