Hyundai released fresh details Thursday at the LA Auto Show about the 2023 Ioniq 6, the all-electric vehicle that the Korean company debuted in June. With an estimated range of 340 miles and an on-sale date in spring of 2023, the hotly anticipated follow-up to the Ioniq 5 crossover is one more step toward the company’s aim to accelerate electrification and autonomous vehicle technology in the U.S. by 2025.
Hyundai has put considerable capital toward its target. The company recently announced a $10 billion dollar-plus investment into autonomous vehicles, EVs and robotics to help it meet its goals.
Ioniq 6 platform
The Ioniq 6 sits on Hyundai’s E-GMP platform, which also underpins the Ioniq 5 and the battery-electric vehicles under the Hyundai brand, including the Kia EV6 and the Genesis GV60.
Hyundai has been touting the Hyundai Ioniq 6 as a Tesla Model 3 rival. By 2030, the company says it plans to introduce 17 battery-electric models and sell more than 1.8 million EVs worldwide.
Power and speed
The Ionic 6 has a long and low roofline and a slight boattail shape that gives it what Hyundai claims is an “ultra low drag coefficient.” Paired with a 77.4 kWh battery pack, the Ioniq 6 will come in front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel-drive and get a range of up to 340 miles.
The all-wheel drive version will make 320 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque from a pair of dual motors located at the front and back of the car. Hyundai says that the Ioniq 6 can travel from zero to 60 miles per hour in under five seconds but customers will give up range for performance. The Ioniq 6 with all-wheel drive will get around 310 miles of range. The front-wheel drive version makes 225 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque and will get the touted 340 miles of range.
Battery and charging
Both versions of the Ioniq 6 will get fast-charging capabilities and support both 400-volt and 800-volt infrastructure thanks to the EGM-P platform. That platform offers 800-volt charging as standard, but Hyundai says that it can accept 400-volt charging without an adapter by using an inverter and a motor to boost 400 volts to 800 volts. On a DC fast charger (350 kW) Hyundai says that the Ioniq 6 can go from 10% to 80% charged in just 18 minutes. In five minutes, the Ioniq 6 can regain around 65 miles of range on a 350-kW DC fast charger. For home charging, a Level 2 charger will give the Ioniq 6 a full charge in just over seven hours.
Like other automakers, including Tesla, Hyundai has incorporated battery-conditioning software into the Ioniq 6. Conditioning can reduce charging time for quick charges on road trips.
When a charging location is entered into the navigation system, the battery-conditioning system will turn on so that the battery is prepped to take the max charge in the shortest period of time.
The Ioniq 6 will also get a new navigation function that will generate routes with EV charging stations along the way when the battery is low. If a charging station is out of order or in use, the system will automatically look for other EV stations that are available and send the driver there.
The Ioniq 6 is the first Hyundai model to get OTA updates and V2L or vehicle-to-load functions (aka bi-directional charging). Hyundai says that the Ioniq 6 can charge electric devices like electric bikes, scooters, camping equipment or a stranded EV.
Like all Hyundais, the Ioniq 6 will come with a variety of the company’s Advanced Driver Assistance features, including forward collision warning and avoidance, pedestrian and cyclist avoidance assistance, lane departure warning, blind spot warning and adaptive cruise control, among others.
Hyundai has not yet announced pricing for the Ioniq 6 and says those details will be announced closer to the on-sale date in spring 2023.