Hyundai Ioniq 6 pics show a concept car come to life

The Prophecy has come true. The Hyundai one that is. The Hyundai Ioniq 6 is the production version of the sleek Prophecy concept, and it has arrived without too much compromise, just as the Ioniq 5 did before it. Hyundai’s reveal only shows us the design, though, so we’ll have to wait for details on specifications and pricing.

The exterior design is just as rounded and striking as the concept. It even retained the little spoiler at the rear and the unusual vertical accents on the rear bumper. The proportions have suffered a bit in the move to production. There’s far more sheetmetal on the sides and above the wheels, making the car taller overall and a bit less wraith-like. But it’s still a striking machine, and it’s certainly sleek in a physical sense. Hyundai claims it has a drag coefficient of 0.21, which was achieved with the shape of the car, plus active grille openings, the spoiler and vents at the rear, underbody panels, and the optional camera mirrors. We’re not expecting those camera mirrors to be offered in the United States, though.

Inside, the Ioniq 6 looks clearly related to the Ioniq 5. It has a similar panel housing 12-inch screens for instruments and infotainment, and a similar dashboard and steering wheel design. But it’s enhanced with new features such as more ambient lighting that can be split into two different colors. It features a floating center console, which appears to house buttons and switches such as those for the windows. This is to remove any switchgear from the doors. Also, the four pixels on the steering wheel light up, and apparently they can communicate things to the driver. Exactly what, though, Hyundai did not share.

And there’s a lot Hyundai hasn’t shared. It didn’t say a word about the powertrain except that it will use the E-GMP platform like Ioniq 5, Kia EV6 and Genesis GV60. So it will have an 800-volt battery system and the ability to power appliances. It will likely also be available with a single rear-motor or dual motors front and rear. But as for the size of the battery and the motor output, Hyundai hasn’t said. Pricing also remains a mystery, though the upgraded interior suggests this may be more expensive than the Ioniq 5. Fortunately, the details are coming in July, so we should know more soon.

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