Hyundai has officially lifted the lid on its long-awaited Ioniq 6 electric sedan – and the Tesla Model 3 could finally have a real competitor on its hands.
No powertrain specs have been announced about the car – meaning we don’t know at this point how fast the Ioniq 6 will sprint, nor how long it will run on a single charge – but the Korean automaker has confirmed it will be the same electric Sharing architecture like the Excellent Hyundai Ioniq 5.
Hyundai has promised that a more detailed look at the Ioniq 6’s internal make-up will be released later this month, although the brand did shed some light on the thought process behind the electric vehicle’s decidedly unconventional appearance during its worldwide reveal.
In our eyes, the Ioniq 6 looks like an odd cross between Apple’s Magic Mouse and a classic Porsche 911 – not exactly pretty, but not entirely unattractive either. It’s certainly… different.
However, Hyundai has said the car’s shape embodies the concepts of “sensuous sportiness” and “upbeat futurism,” which could also be marketing lingo for “the Ioniq 6 is the automotive love child of a Tesla Model 3 and a VW Beetle.”
Viewed from behind, the sedan fits perfectly into the Porsche Beetle shape, with a wide taillight line adding a palpable modernity to the otherwise classic design. Incidentally, these taillights, along with the Ioniq 6’s headlights, third brake light and rear reflectors, are made up of a total of 700 parametric pixel LEDs like those found in the Ioniq 5.
The interior of the car also clearly takes cues from the Ioniq 5, with two 12.3-inch displays placed side-by-side in a cabin packed with recycled materials.
Apart from these few features, however, we don’t know too much more about the sedan. Hyundai has said it expects the Ioniq 6 to go on sale in the first half of 2023 and rumors have suggested its price tag will undercut that of the Tesla Model 3 – but that’s the only other information available we have at this point.
The automaker is hard at work developing an Ioniq 7 electric SUV alongside preparations for the proper launch of the Ioniq 6, so we may learn more about the latter with news surrounding the former. In any case, Hyundai seems primed to enjoy a few more outstanding years of disrupting the growing electric car market.
If you want to learn more about the other new electric vehicles hitting the roads in 2022 and beyond, check out our breakdown of the all-electric DeLorean DMC and our analysis of the Mercedes EQXX’s stunning new range record.
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