After serving as a potential camping companion in the Ioniq 5 electric crossover, Hyundai EVP and design manager SangYup Lee presented the recently unveiled Ioniq 6 as a “personal mobile studio” where you can not only work, but also relax and revitalize. During a press conference this week, the car was described as “a cocoon-like personal room.”
If you are burning out working in a home office, how about switching to a mobile office? It has 64 different interior colors and six pre-selected themes to match your mood. They can also be lighter when accelerating ̵[ads1]1; a top model with two engines and AWD can do 0-100 km / h (62.14 mph) in 5.1 seconds – to keep an eye on your driving speed.
The carmaker emphasizes telecommuting features such as a “bridge-type” center console designed to hold a laptop and a note-taking application built into one of the two 12-inch screens. There are also four USB-C ports, plus one USB-A port to power different devices and slimmer car seats to maximize cabin space. Hyundai claims that they are still very comfortable and even designed to sit back and sleep on.
And its “streamlined” shape is not just for the aesthetic. Ioniq 6’s air resistance coefficient of 0.21 helps to reduce power consumption to 14 kWh per 100 km, giving it an estimated 610 km or about 379 miles from the long-distance battery of 77.4 kWh (although the estimate is based on the European WLTP series , expect the EPA area to be shorter). There is also a standard range with a 53 kWh battery. The Ioniq 6 in the press briefing also contained side cameras instead of traditional mirrors, which we are unlikely to see in the United States.
The Ioniq 6 sedan is aimed at young professionals who the company suggests will have more technology, while the Ioniq 5 is more for young families who need the space and function of an SUV. While both vehicles are built on the automaker’s E-GMP platform for electric vehicles, the Ioniq 6 includes automatic 2WD / 4WD switching, extra tuning features and better performance and efficiency thanks to engine and drivetrain upgrades. And most importantly, the Ioniq 6 will be the first car from Hyundai to support over-the-air software updates.
Hyundai is also launching an Ioniq 6 NFT collection and says the car will be available to experience virtually in the carmaker’s metaverse studio at Zepeto, along with a Roblox experience. And the Ioniq 6 experience online supports VR headsets for more immersion.
Hyundai plans to start production of the Ioniq 6 in the third quarter of this year in Korea, followed by Europe later this year. In the US, it is planned to go into production in January 2023, but the company did not confirm whether the electric car will be built at the upcoming plant in Savannah, Georgia. US availability will adapt to supply and demand, but there are currently no nationwide release plans (Ioniq 5 is currently sold in 38 states).
“By 2030, Hyundai will expand its all-electric range to 11 models to ensure global EV leadership,” said Hyundai CEO Jaehoon Chang with a glimpse of his XL-size Seven concept SUV that runs alongside Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6 on a the screen behind him. The video then showed a faster car zooming past, teasing an upcoming N performance EV without adding any extra details. Hyundai takes electric cars seriously enough to surpass other major automakers (apart from Tesla) in electric car sales, according to this recent Bloomberg report – let’s just hope engineers are not forced to do all their work inside an Ioniq 6 from now on.
Update 21:50 ET: Added additional details and specifications for battery, motor and USB port selection.