Hyundai’s retro-futuristic Ioniq 5 SUV will be followed by an aero-inspired sedan.

    The Ioniq 6 has been teased in a new sketch ahead of its reveal later this month, with looks inspired by the Prophecy concept.

    The latest teaser alludes to the sedan’s aerodynamic shape, while Hyundai says the look is designed to “satisfy both aesthetic and functional needs of customers in the electric mobility era”.

    Of course, thanks to previous spy photos we already know what the Hyundai Ioniq 6 is going to look like on the outside.

    Based on the Prophecy concept, the Ioniq 6 is a low and sleek sedan, with curvaceous styling that’s reminiscent of a four-door coupe like the Mercedes-Benz CLS.

    It’s unclear what drag co-efficient Hyundai is targeting with the Ioniq 6 sedan, but the Mercedes-Benz EQS liftback has a drag-coefficient of 0.20.

    Rumoured specifications for the Ioniq 6 were obtained by The Korean Car Blog in February 2022. At the time it was expected the Ioniq 6 could be revealed in June 2022 ahead of a production start in July.

    The Hyundai Ioniq 6 will reportedly offer up to 230kW of power and 515km of range, utilising a 77.4kWh lithium-ion battery.

    It’s unclear what test cycle that range figure is based on, nor how powerful the lesser Ioniq 6 models will be.

    For context, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 hatchback-crossover offers 160kW, 350Nm and 451km of WLTP range in single-motor rear-wheel drive guise, and 225kW, 605Nm and 430km of range in dual-motor all-wheel drive guise.

    Both variants use a 72.6kWh battery pack.

    The Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6 are both based on the South Korean automaker’s E-GMP electric vehicle architecture, which will also be used under the large Ioniq 7 SUV due in 2024.

    The Ioniq 6 will reportedly measure 4855mm long, 1495mm tall, 1880mm wide, and have a 2950mm wheelbase.

    That makes it 45mm shorter, 50mm lower and 20mm wider than a Sonata N Line on a 110mm longer wheelbase.

    In 2021, it was reported the Ioniq 6’s reveal was being delayed around three months to make it longer both in range and in dimensions.

    External changes reportedly included redesigned front and rear bumper, increasing overall length by 20mm.

    On the styling front, it’s expected the Hyundai Ioniq 6 will follow in the footsteps of the Ioniq 5 and have the Paramertric Pixel lighting elements.

    The Korea Economic Daily also reported the Ioniq 6 will come with a “lighting grille”, which will allow drivers to use the grille as a LED lighting device.

    Developed by its parts arm Hyundai Mobis, the grille can change colour to indicate it’s charging, there’s an emergency, or the vehicle is in autonomous driving mode, among other scenarios.

    Hyundai has committed to reducing its 2019 carbon emission levels by 75 per cent by 2040, with the target of zero carbon emissions by 2045.

    By 2030, Hyundai aims for 30 per cent of its global vehicle sales to be from zero-emission vehicles. By 2040, it wants zero-emission vehicles to account for 80 per cent of total sales.

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    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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