Hyundai's 2023 Ioniq 6 leads new era of electrification

(November 21, 2022) LOS ANGELES — Inspired by Hyundai’s Prophecy EV concept, the four-door Ioniq 6 electrified streamliner, was unveiled here with a targeted estimated driving range of 340 miles and equipped with the relevant technology and best-in-class ultra-fast charging that can charge the battery from 10 to 80 percent in just 18 minutes.

The Ioniq 6 is the second Hyundai model to ride on Hyundai’s Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) that allows for dual motors, more interior space, and optimized performance. Ioniq 6 is part of Hyundai's plan to introduce 17 BEV models and sell more than 1.8 million BEV units worldwide by 2030. Ioniq 6 goes on sale spring 2023. Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.

“Ioniq 6 is well-positioned to compete in the EV segment for the millions of shoppers who are interested in transitioning to zero emissions transportation,” said José Muñoz, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor North America. “Ioniq 6 fits the image, efficiency and sportiness that many owners desire. Ioniq 6 and its interior space, battery options, charging speed and all-wheel drive capability will exceed customer expectations.”

At Hyundai, each Ioniq vehicle has different design characteristics. This is based on Hyundai's belief that a vehicle should be an embodiment of lifestyle.

“We want our cars to always connect with customers on an emotional level,” said SangYup Lee, executive vice president and head of Hyundai Design Center. “Depending on the owner's lifestyle, the way of using a vehicle will be different, resulting in a different look — much like chess pieces on a board, each one with a distinct look and functionality, but part of the same family. Hyundai designs with diverse lifestyles in mind rather than with a one-style-fits-all approach.”

Using this approach is why Ioniq 6’s design is different from Ioniq 5’s, but there are still common threads connecting the models: Living Space, Parametric Pixels and Sustainability. The Living Space is built on E-GMP’s long wheelbase, not only providing unparalleled passenger and cargo room, but also optimizing driving dynamics. The Parametric Pixel is Ioniq’s key differentiator just like the radiator grille was for many brands in the internal combustion engine era. Sustainability is seen in the materials (interior and exterior), establishing a unique position as an unrivaled sustainable volume brand.

Ioniq 6 is available with a range of drive motors to fit the needs of every customer. Customers can mate the 77.4 kWh battery pack with two electric motor layouts, either with a rear motor only or with both front and rear motors. The top-of-the-line dual motor setup is an all-wheel drive (AWD) option producing a combined power output of 320 horsepower (74 kW front + 165 kW rear) and 446 ft.-lbs. of torque. An Ioniq 6 with this configuration can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds. The single-rear-motor layout offers 225 horsepower (168 kW) and 258 ft.-lbs. of torque.

When equipped with a single-rear-motor (2WD) and the 77.4 kWh battery, Ioniq 6’s maximum driving range on a single charge is a Hyundai estimated 340 miles. The maximum range of the dual motor AWD models is a Hyundai-estimated 310 miles.

Ioniq 6’s E-GMP can support both 400-V and 800-V charging infrastructures. The platform offers 800-V charging capability as standard, and it can accommodate 400-V charging without the need for additional components or adapters. The multi-charging system is a world’s first patented technology that operates the motor and inverter to boost 400-V to 800-V for stable charging compatibility.

With a 350-kW charger, Ioniq 6’s charge can go from 10 percent to 80 percent in just 18 minutes. If the owner only has five minutes to spare, the Ioniq 6 can recoup approximately 65 miles of range using a 350-kW fast charger. The standard 10.9 kW on-board charger completes a full charge in 7 hours and 10 minutes using Level 2 charging.

To reduce charging time even further, Ioniq 6 can use its battery heater to preheat the battery pack to the optimal temperature when it is cold outside. When the battery pack is at the optimal temperature, Ioniq 6 can be charged from 10 percent to 80 percent in 18 minutes. This function activates automatically when a charging point is entered into the Ioniq 6’s connected routing navigation system.

The battery heater turns on at the ideal time when Ioniq 6 gets close to the charger. The battery pack also can be heated up before leaving a destination if the Ioniq 6 is plugged in using the MyHyundai app.