With the triumphant advance of electromobility, many car manufacturers from the Far East have once again been able to significantly strengthen their position on the Western market. Hyundai in particular is a real winner with its “IONIQ series”. After the Korean company was already able to convince with its classic IONIQ and the IONIQ 5, which now also offers OTA updates, another e-car is now going on sale. The Hyundai IONIQ 6 features a completely different design despite having the same platform as the IONIQ 5.
New design language
At market launch, the IONIQ 5 caused quite a stir, first and foremost with its futuristic design. It would have been easy for Hyundai to simply transfer the successful look to a slightly different size. But commendably, the Koreans did not take the path of least resistance. Instead, they have developed a completely new design language for the IONIQ 6. To prevent this from becoming an economic disaster, the manufacturer’s latest coup is also based on the E-GMP platform known from the IONIQ 5. The company uses this not only for the brand of the same name, but also for models of its subsidiaries, such as Kia. However, Hyundai did not invent this tactic at all. Rather, it originates from the large German car company VW. The latter also uses its in-house platform across models as well as brands.
Tail reminiscent of Porsche
Unfortunately, we don’t know anything about the powertrain performance or other technical details yet. But a glance at the looks definitely points in a certain direction. The fact that Hyundai wants to go down a rather sporty route with its IONIQ 6 becomes clear at the latest when you look at the rear end with its eye-catching spoiler. After all, it is clearly reminiscent of Porsche. But in contrast to the luxury cars from Stuttgart, Hyundai also wants to offer plenty of space. With a vehicle length of 4.63 m, this plan seems to work. By the way, the rear spoiler also makes it clear which goal Hyundai is clearly pursuing here. The Koreans clearly want to achieve the lowest possible air resistance and thus perfect aerodynamics.
With an impressive CW value of 0.21, this plan seems to be working. It’s not just the rear spoiler that’s supposed to provide low drag. On top of that, Hyundai installs door handles here that only extend when needed. While the body looks refreshingly sporty, the interior in the first pictures offers futuristic-looking features that already won many fans in the IONIQ 5. However, everything seems a bit softer in the IONIQ 6, which may certainly be due to the rounded corners that can be seen in the display arrangement.
Hyundai promises more details soon
One cannot really judge an electric car when important data such as range, battery capacity and drive power are missing. However, one can probably speculate that the company will rely on tried and tested technology in view of the identical platform. Otherwise, the manufacturer would certainly have pointed to a new drive.
Should the features from the IONIQ 5 also make their way here, then we can expect two versions with either 58 or 77 kWh. However, since Hyundai attaches great importance to aerodynamics, more should be possible in terms of range. Let’s hope that we won’t experience similar braking problems with the IONIQ 6 as with the IONIQ 5.