Hyundai Ioniq 6: The return to sedan grace?

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Despite not yet being marketed, the Hyundai Ioniq 6, an electric sports sedan-GT, already accumulates some cool points. Thus, it has a penetration coefficient (Cx) of 0.21, a hair above the Mercedes EQS (0.20), but below the Tesla Model 3 (0.23).

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Added to this is an autonomy (WLTP cycle) of 614 km (rear-wheel drive version and 18-inch rims) and efficiency above the others with average consumption ranging between 13.9 kWh/100 km and 16.9 kWh/100 km. .

In addition to this accumulation of numbers, one essential point remained: to find out what this Ioniq 6 really looks like, based on the concept car Prophecy that we discovered at the IAA Mobility 2021 fair in Munich.



Hyundai Prophecy


Hyundai Ioniq 6

Before going on sale in 2023, the electric sedan embarked on a European tour, stopping in Paris where crafting Digital was invited. Showing a light purple color and sequin, we find the overall line, more smoothed but all curvy, of the concept car Prophecy. While some of our colleagues found similarity with the first version of the Mercedes CLS, others noticed that this Ioniq 6 is a mix of Aston Martin Lagonda Vignale and Renault Argos, both concept cars.

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However, the South Korean manufacturer guarantees that this curvature was inspired by the Stout Scarab, a minivan from the 1930s-1940s, and the Tatra 87, a sedan from the 1936s-1950s, equipped with a flap that separates the rear window into two parts. In short, this design hasn’t finished getting people talking…

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Compared to the Prophecy we love, the Ioniq 6 sets itself apart by ditching the sporty, collected line of the concept, but not just because the taillights ignore a hyper-pixeled design. However, they are of the same type as those on the Ioniq 5. The antagonistic opening doors at the rear give way to the conventional openings.

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As for the rear, some see it as a reference to the Porsche 911. One of the Prophecy’s centerpieces, the spoiler is present. But there too exit the clear acrylic material that gives way to the cheaper black plastic to produce. The result is still spectacular.

Retro cameras and high seat

It’s time to sit aboard the South Korean. First impression, we’re sitting pretty high up there. However, the significant ceiling clearance should delight people taller than 1.80 m, despite a height of 1,495 m, that is, 11 cm less than the Ioniq 5. On the other hand, the Ioniq 6 is 22 cm higher. , with 4,855 m. Whether you’re seated in the front or in the back, it’s all about the legroom.

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The front seats feel comfortable, but only a test drive will confirm this. There’s a massive redesigned, box-stuffed console, plus an induction recharge.

The minimalist panel resumes the one already seen in the Ioniq 5 with two 12-inch digital screens (30.48 cm diagonal) that are fluid and responsive at first glance. The main screen sits above a row of dual-function touch controls, which offer endless shortcuts to media, navigation and warm-up.

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Like Lexus, Honda and Audi, Hyundai succumbs to retro cameras signed by equipment maker Hyundai Mobis and offered as an option. Given their size, they are not likely to go unnoticed, especially in traffic jams. Its penetration coefficient would, however, make it possible to reduce air resistance, causing a reduction in energy consumption. The sensors in these rear-view cameras have a field of view of 35° versus 17° for a conventional rear-view mirror.

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The images captured by these retro-cameras appear on two digital screens, positioned on either side of the panel. We can’t wait to see what he does on the road, knowing that the benchmark in this area remains Lexus and Honda.

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A word about the trunk, which is certainly deep but marred by a narrow opening, all accompanied by embossed interior panels, like the Ioniq 5. As a result, a lot of wasted space for nothing. Note the presence of a small breast (or weird) under the front cover.

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Eye-catching on paper, the visual encounter with the Hyundai Ioniq 6 ended up attracting us, like the first 37,446 South Korean customers who ordered the electric sedan from day one.

Only one piece of information is missing: the sale price of the Hyundai Ioniq 6 in France. Still, we can’t wait to get behind the wheel of this unique car, especially as we miss the sedans! Our first tests should take place at the end of January 2023.

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