After creating a typical buzz around its latest EV, the Ioniq 6, Hyundai Motor Company today formally lifted the veil, and from the looks of it, the South Korean automaker appears to have a winner on its hands. Like its predecessor, the much-acclaimed Ioniq 5, the new EV combines aesthetics with functional efficiency in the right mix. But the company hasn’t revealed any other specs for the new EV.
The Ioniq 6, the second model in Hyundai’s dedicated lineup of all-electric vehicles, is described as “an Electrified Streamliner” as its sculpted aerodynamics reduce the car’s air resistance. The vehicle also makes use of sustainable materials in its interior, which is another box ticked in these politically correct times.
Ioniq 6: Your design philosophy
SangYup Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of the Hyundai Design Center, said, “The distinctive streamlined design is the result of close cooperation between engineers and designers, with obsessive attention to detail and customer-centric values at the core. We created the Ioniq 6 like a conscious cocoon that offers a personalized place for everyone.”
The electric sedan, which is reminiscent (in terms of design) of some old Porsches, had its interior space developed simultaneously with its external form. “Efforts have been made to maximize and optimize interior space, elongating it at the front and back, resulting in a unique aerodynamic silhouette and spacious interior,” Hyundai said.
The Ioniq 6 has a low nose, active air flaps at the front, space reducers and optional slim digital side mirrors. It also features an elliptical wing-inspired spoiler with winglet, lightweight boat tail structure, and separation traps on either side of the rear bumper. The EV also integrates ‘over 700 parametric pixels’ in a number of places, such as headlights, tail lights, front lower sensors, vent trims and center console indicator. This was done to reinforce the brand identity throughout the vehicle. The new Hyundai ‘H’ badge is applied to the front and rear of the vehicle.
Ioniq 6: Color and interior themes
Hyundai said the cocoon-shaped interior is packed with practical features and sustainable materials. The group’s Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) appears to have allowed the designers to lengthen the interior, front and rear, to create ample legroom. The control unit is centrally located to reduce distraction and encourage intuitive driving. The modular touchscreen panel integrates a 12-inch full-touch infotainment display and a 12-inch digital cluster. A bridge-style center console provides convenient in-car storage.
Hyundai said the two-color ambient lighting will provide general lighting inside the car. Users can choose from a spectrum of 64 colors and six two-color themes. There are also interactive 4-point pixel lights in the steering to facilitate communication between driver and vehicle.
Hyundai is said to have applied sustainable materials on the exterior, including recycled pigment paint from end-of-life tires for the lining and bamboo charcoal pigment paint for the body.
The interiors of the Ioniq 6, depending on the trim level, will include eco-process leather (seats), recycled PET fabric (seats), bio TPO leather (panel), bio PET fabric (ceiling), bio ink derived from vegetable oils (doors), and recycled fishing net mat.
The world premiere of the Ioniq 6 will take place in July, when Hyundai will reveal the full specs.