Following last year’s launch of the Ioniq 5 crossover, Hyundai is now putting the finishing touches on the Ioniq 6. The all-electric sedan was spotted as a heavily disguised prototype in front of a hotel in Lapland while it was resting after what must’ve been a test session. YouTuber Bjørn Nyland specialized in all things EVs was there after being invited by Nokian to test some winter tires.
The Finnish company told him the Tesla Model 3 rival was in a parking lot adjacent to the hotel. He jumped at the opportunity to check out the prototype with its aerodynamic wheels. The Hyundai Ioniq 6 was riding on slim 225/55 R18 tires at both front and rear axles, but we’re expecting the summer tires to be wider. In addition, the South Korean brand will likely offer bigger 19- and 20-inch sets of alloys.
Based on the dedicated E-GMP platform shared with the Kia EV6 and Genesis GV60, the Ioniq 6 is going for the four-door coupe look. Mirroring the Prophecy concept, it adopts pixel-like LED modules and appears to be hiding a trunk lid spoiler under that disguised bulge at the back. The headlights have a plaque saying “Ioniq 6” and you’ll notice the underbody is almost entirely closed to improve airflow.
The prototype had a 360-degree camera with front and rear modules as well as side ones mounted underneath the mirror caps. Hiding under Velcro on the rear-right fender was seemingly the charging port, while the roof had a chunky fin antenna. Hyundai fully blacked out the rear windows and covered the interior to hide what must’ve been the production-ready cabin.
Debuting in the coming months, the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 is said to come with a 77.4-kWh battery pack and an AWD setup with 300 hp on tap courtesy of two electric motors. The hotly anticipated EV supposedly measures 4,855 mm (191.1 in) in length, 1,880 mm (74 in) in width, and 1,495 mm (58.9 in) in height. The wheelbase stretches at 2,950 mm (116.1 in), which should enable ample legroom for passengers sitting in the back.
We’ve been hearing Hyundai plans to start production of its BMW i4 competitor in July at the Asan plant in South Korea.
Source: Bjørn Nyland / YouTube