Hyundai Motor has now announced the prices for the latest model of its IONIQ sub-brand, and in doing so has caused a surprise. The price list of the IONIQ 6 starts at 43,900 euros, which is reasonable for this vehicle category. The sedan will be available as early as the beginning of 2023. Even before the first vehicles are delivered, the independent test organisation Euro NCAP has awarded the model – like the IONIQ 5 – the top rating of 5 stars. This means that the new electric vehicle meets the highest safety standards.
The IONIQ 6 is also based on the Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), which allows for an extended wheelbase and generous space. As with the IONIQ 5, the “Parametric Pixel” design is integrated, i.e. over 700 pixels are used in various places, for example on the headlights, under the sensor on the front apron and the rear lights.
The design quotes the legendary Pontiac Streamliner of the 1940s. A positive side effect of these curved lines is the low drag coefficient of 0.21, which has a positive effect on the range. With a large 77.4 kWh battery in combination with rear-wheel drive and 18-inch wheels, the IOMIQ 6 has a range of 614 kilometres (WLTP standard) with an average power consumption of 14.3 kWh/100 km, according to the manufacturer.
Customers can choose between several engine and battery packages. In addition to the large battery, there is also a smaller one with 53 kWh capacity to choose from. Depending on the battery size, there is the option of one electric motor and rear-wheel drive or two electric motors and all-wheel drive. The IONIQ 6 supports ultra-fast 400-volt or 800-volt charging. This allows the high-voltage battery to be recharged within 15 minutes for a range of over 300 kilometres.
Use of environmentally friendly materials
In line with the design theme “Ethical Uniqueness”, Hyundai uses sustainable materials for the exterior of the IONIQ 6. The paint for the front and rear skirts as well as the side mouldings is made from recycled used tyres. The Digital Green paint is made from bamboo charcoal.
Inside the IONIQ 6, depending on the trim level, Hyundai uses ecologically treated leather and recycled PET fabric for the seats, a bio-rubber blend for the dashboard, bio-PET fabric for the headliner, bio-paint made from vegetable oils for the door panels and recycled fishing nets for the carpet. The latter is a first for the electric sub-brand IONIQ.
Standard features on all Hyundai IONIQ 6 include full LED headlights and LED tail lights in pixel design, 18-inch alloy wheels, two 12.25-inch screens for the cockpit and the navigation system. Also on board from the factory are a reversing camera, heated front seats, two different charging cables and the electrically opening tailgate with Easy-Open function. Another standard feature is a 230-volt socket under the rear seat bench. This means customers can also access the IONIQ 6’s innovative bidirectional charging capability while driving.
With the three equipment packages DYNAMIQ, TECHNIQ and UNIQ, the extensive basic equipment can be expanded even further.
Text: Peter Grett
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