The 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 has been officially previewed. Although the sedan makes its world debut next month, we get a look at the car’s crazy appearance and slick interior. Inspired by the Prophecy Concept, the Ioniq 6’s design focuses on clean lines and aerodynamics. Dubbed “Emotional Efficiency” by Hyundai designers, this culminates in the vehicle’s curvy shape instead of the traditional three-box look of today’s sedans. As a result, the Ioniq 6 possesses a low drag coefficient of 0.21. That puts it in the same ballpark as vehicles like the Tesla Model S, Lucid Air, and Mercedes-Benz EQS! In terms of size, it’s closer to a Tesla Model 3 rather than the larger Sonata or the show car it’s based on.
For the most part, the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 retains the design details found in the Prophecy Concept. However, designers streamlined the car and made it less stylized. The headlights look similar to the Prophecy, giving it a clean, sculpted look. Out back, the taillights move higher up but retain their full-width design. You also get a nice kick-up similar to a duckbill. Together with the center rear brake light doubling as a wing, the Ioniq 6 gets a cool, Saab 900-like rear end. The pixel lighting elements return, too, giving the car its family link to the Ioniq 5.
Hyundai kept the Ioniq 6’s interior simple and clean. You get two 12.0-inch displays on the dash and a traditional center console with space below it for your belongings. The interior ambient lighting, on the other hand, looks downright epic and this may be the first Hyundai vehicle that lets you do two colors. Like the Ioniq 5, the Ioniq 6 makes extensive use of eco-friendly materials including sustainably sourced leather, recycled PET fabrics, and recycled fishing nets.
Obvious Powertrain Choices
The Ioniq 6’s Powertrain details remain unknown but it’s likely sharing components with the Ioniq 5. That means a base 58-kWh battery pack with a 168-hp electric motor on the rear axle. Long-range models should get the 77.4-kWh pack. Expect the single-motor variant to make 225 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Dual-motor models with AWD get more power at 320 hp and 446 lb-ft. However, this should have a rear bias like in the Ioniq 5. Both long-range models should be able to go over 300 miles per charge.
Finally, performance models could share their powertrains the Genesis GV60 and Kia EV6 GT. The full-on N model may get nearly 600 hp while the N Line should make “only” around 430 hp. Both will also get performance tires and extensive suspension upgrades including adaptive dampers and a limited-slip differential for the Ioniq 6 N. However, that will come at the cost of driving range.
Like other Hyundai Motor Group vehicles underpinned by the E-GMP platform, the Ioniq 6 gets an 800-volt charging system. That means super quick DC charging speeds well under 30 minutes and peak rates of 235 kW or higher.
Expect the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 to go on sale in Korea first. It should arrive in North America and Europe by next year. Chief competitors include the Tesla Model 3 and the upcoming production version of the Volkswagen ID Aero.