Hyundai’s EV Success Continues: From the Ioniq Electric to the Kona Electric and Ioniq 5, the upcoming 2023 Ioniq 6 is set to make a strong impact as a fully electric model.
The upcoming Hyundai Ioniq 6, a midsize sedan boasting a range of up to 361 miles, offers pricing ranging from $42,000 to $57,000. With its distinctive lozenge-shaped design, it is expected to compete with the Tesla Model 3 and appeal to a wide range of first-time EV buyers.
Behind the Wheel of the Ioniq 6: Impressions from Arizona Test Drive
During my recent experience test driving the Ioniq 6 in Arizona, I discovered that there’s more to this vehicle than meets the eye. Despite appearing smaller, the Ioniq 6 is actually just 2 inches shorter in length compared to Hyundai’s midsize Sonata, while being 2 inches taller.
The Ioniq 6 boasts a captivating design characterized by a striking overlapping double arc, accentuating both the roofline and main body. Its uniqueness draws inspiration from iconic vehicles like the VW Beetle, Saab 900, and Mercedes-Benz CLS, evident in its profile.
The distinctive curves are interrupted by bold slashes that serve as air inlets and taillights, while a rear spoiler adds a touch of sportiness, resembling a piece crafted by Midjourney AI to mimic a Porsche 911.
Opinions on the Ioniq 6’s design appear to be generally positive, based on informal polling.
However, personally, I find its appearance somewhat bloated and lacking overall coherence. The dark lower body cladding, especially when paired with darker paint colors, adds an awkward touch. It’s evident that aerodynamics played a significant role in shaping the design, with its impressive 0.22 coefficient of drag.
While style is subjective, it’s important to acknowledge that the rest of the Ioniq 6 is objectively well-built and dependable, showcasing Hyundai’s commitment to quality.
Ioniq 6: Configurations and Charging Options
The Ioniq 6 is currently available for purchase and offers various configurations based on features, battery size, and drivetrain.
At the entry level, the SE trim of the Ioniq 6 offers the most budget-friendly option. It comes equipped with a standard range 53 kWh lithium-ion battery and features rear-wheel drive.
Priced at $42,715 (including $1,115 in destination fees), it generates 149 horsepower, 258 pound-feet of torque, and delivers an estimated range of 240 miles on a full charge.
For those seeking greater range, the Long Range model of the Ioniq 6 is available, featuring a 77.4 kWh battery. With an impressive 361-mile range, it surpasses the competition and becomes the range leader in the lineup.
With an output of 225 horsepower, it offers a powerful driving experience. It narrowly outperforms the currently unavailable Model 3 Long Range, which is rated at 358 miles on a single charge.
Source : bbc.com