Hyundai’s Ioniq 6 electric profile has space to work away from home
After serving as a potential camping companion in the Ioniq 5 electric crossover, Hyundai EVP and Chief Design Officer SangYup Lee pitched the newly-revealed Ioniq 6 as a “personal mobile studio” where you can not only work but relax and revitalize. . At a press briefing this week, the car was described as “a cocoon-like personal space”.
If you’re exhausting yourself working in a home office, how about switching to a mobile office? It offers 64 different interior colors and six preselected themes to match your mood. They can also brighten when you accelerate – a top model with two motors and AWD can do 0-100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.1 seconds – to keep you aware of your driving speed .
The automaker emphasizes remote working features such as a “bridge-like” center console designed to hold a laptop and a notes app built into one of the two 12-inch screens. There are also four USB-C ports, plus a USB-A port for powering various devices and slimmer car seats to help maximize cabin space. Hyundai maintains that they are still very comfortable and are even designed for leaning back and sleeping.
And its “aerodynamic” shape is not only aesthetic. The Ioniq 6’s 0.21 drag coefficient helps reduce its power consumption to 14 kWh per 100 km, giving it an estimated range of 610 km or approximately 379 miles from the long-range battery of 77.4 kWh (although the estimate is based on the European WLTP range, expect the EPA range to be shorter). There is also a standard range option with a 53kWh battery. The Ioniq 6 in the press briefing also featured side-view cameras instead of traditional mirrors, which we probably won’t see in the US.
The Ioniq 6 sedan is aimed at young professionals who the company says will want more technology, while the Ioniq 5 is more aimed at young families who need the space and function of an SUV. While both vehicles are built on the automaker’s E-GMP electric vehicle platform, the Ioniq 6 includes automatic 2WD/4WD switching, additional tuning features, and better performance and efficiency through upgrades. engine and transmission. Importantly, the Ioniq 6 will be Hyundai’s first car to support over-the-air software updates.
Hyundai is also launching an Ioniq 6 NFT collection and says the car will be available for virtual experience in the automaker’s metaverse studio on Zepeto, with a Roblox live. And the Ioniq 6 online experience supports VR headsets for added immersion.
Hyundai plans to start production of Ioniq 6 in the third quarter of this year in Korea, followed by Europe later in the year. In the United States, it is expected to enter production in January 2023, but the company has not confirmed whether the electric vehicle will be built at its next plant in Savannah, Georgia. US availability will adjust to supply and demand, but currently there are no nationwide release plans (the Ioniq 5 is currently sold in 38 states).
“By 2030, Hyundai will expand its all-electric lineup to 11 models to secure global leadership in electric vehicles,” said Hyundai CEO Jaehoon Chang, with a preview of his XL-sized Seven concept SUV driving alongside the Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6 on a screen behind him. The video then showed a faster car zooming in, teasing an upcoming N performance EV without adding any additional details. Hyundai takes EVs seriously enough to overtake other major automakers (except Tesla) in EV sales, according to this recent report from Bloomberg — just hope its engineers don’t have to go all out. work inside an Ioniq 6 from now on.
Update at 9:50 p.m. ET: Added additional details and specifications for battery, motor and USB port selection.