People praised Hyundai for keeping the Ioniq 5’s design faithful to that of the Concept 45 before it. However, spy shots have revealed that won’t necessarily be the case for the Ioniq 6. Prototypes of the electric sedan have been caught looking far less sleek than the Prophecy concept, which some referred to as a futuristic 911 with four doors.
Rumors about Hyundai deciding to push back the Ioniq 6’s launch to get an emergency redesign also didn’t help build up excitement around the EV. We will finally get to see the road-going model in the near future as the company’s design boss told Autocar a reveal is happening in the next few months. SangYup Lee reassures fans of the South Korean brand that despite the controversy, the Ioniq 6 “is in the spirit of Prophecy.”
However, he admitted the final version is going to be slightly taller to accommodate the E-GMP2 skateboard architecture. The design of the car has been updated to maximize interior space while its shape was tweaked for better airflow. Much like the Ioniq 5 SUV, the purely electric sedan will adopt the pixel LED theme to make it stand out in an increasingly crowded EV segment.
While the lesser versions will come with rear-wheel drive, there’s a good chance Hyundai is plotting an Ioniq 6 N with the same dual-motor setup as the Kia EV6 GT. In the electric crossover, the powertrain is good for 577 hp, which might be offered in the forthcoming Ioniq 5 N as well since they’re sister models.
According to unconfirmed reports, the Ioniq 6 will be 4,855 millimeters (191.1 inches) long, 1,880 mm (74 in) wide, 1,495 mm (58.9 in) tall, and with a long wheelbase measuring 2,950 mm (116.1 in). Some say the front and rear bumpers have been redesigned to achieve greater aerodynamic efficiency to unlock a greater range, also made possible by fitting a 77.4.-kWh battery pack.
Hyundai is rumored to kick off assembly in July at its Asan plant, which has been overhauled to support the production of the 2023 Ioniq 6. Customer deliveries should begin before the end of the year.