Hyundai showed off the new Ioniq 6 at the LA Auto Show, and we were there to get a look.
Final US specifications have been revealed for the Hyundai Ioniq 6 at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week. As we discovered during the car's initial Korean debut, there will be three configurations available Stateside. Despite that Hyundai still won't give us all the details.
Its entry-level Standard Range model will be rear-driven with a single motor and 149 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. A 53 kWh battery will power it. However, no range figures have been given yet.
Another model will be on offer with a larger 77.4 kWh battery, pushing outputs to 225 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. This one does have range figures, and the brand says consumers can expect 340 miles on a charge.
This is where the Ioniq 6 begins to outshine the Ioniq 5, which has less range than the 77 kWh Ioniq 6. We've discussed the how - largely related to the slippery sheet metal of the Ioniq 6 - before. As with the top-tier EV6 and Ioniq 5, the range here is topped by an AWD, dual-motor version. Eventually, an Ioniq 6 N version will capstone the range.
This time, it uses the same 77.4 kWh pack, though outputs rise to 320 horses and 446 lb-ft of torque while range falls to around 310 miles. If you ask us, the Goldilocks Hyundai is the way to go, balancing range and performance.
Hyundai has made a lot of noise about both the E-GMP architecture of the Ioniq 6 and its game-changing 800v architecture. Both have a raft of benefits that we've discussed on CarBuzz ad nauseam. As with the Korean-spec cars, the US Ioniq 6 can, when hooked to a 350kW charger, sprint from 10-80% SOC in only 18 minutes.
However, there's an asterisk. Hyundai notes the battery must be pre-conditioned to be capable of achieving such a rapid charge. Luckily, if you navigate to an appropriate charger with the car's nav system, it'll automatically precondition the battery for you before you arrive.
Another brief note on navigation - Hyundai has introduced software into the 6's nav system that will enable you to plan road trips around charging stops. Other brands have this capability, and it works much the same here. The car knows its range, the distance to the next charger, and how much juice will be left on arrival.
It spits out some charging times for you to choose from based on available chargers (Hyundai says the car will know which are in use or busted), and you can plan your trip accordingly. We've used Merc's version of the tech during our EQS range test and expect this to perform similarly.
That level of connectivity will be great for long-term owners looking to maximize their time with the Ioniq 6. Speaking of connectivity, Hyundai has also revealed that the 6 will be the first Hyundai available with over-the-air (OTA) connectivity.
This is huge for the brand, and it has said it'll be able to influence major aspects of the car, like new throttle mapping, without the car ever seeing the inside of a dealership. Largely, we expect this to be primarily used for recalls, as so many other brands have shown just how useful OTA capability is in that regard.
Tech won't be the only thing to differentiate the Ioniq 6. New colors have been detailed alongside the car's US debut, which total seven different shades.
Those are as follows: Gravity Gold Matte, Onyx Black Pearl, Serenity White Pearl, Curated Silver Metallic, Transmission Blue Pearl, Ultimate Red Metallic, and Digital Green Pearl. The interior has three color options, consisting of black, gray, and dark green over gray.
The Ioniq 6 will sound unlike any Hyundai on the road as well, thanks to what the brand calls Electric-Active Sound Design. An "acoustic design processor to provide unique driving sounds inside the cabin and the ability to set the volume" will determine how the car sounds in different circumstances.
Hyundai hasn't elaborated on that particular point just yet, but we imagine it'll be apparent when the car makes its way into the hands of the media in the coming months. In addition to the base car's range, we still don't have pricing details for the US market just yet though inside sources indicate it will be in the mid $40,000 range. We suspect the current situation surrounding President Biden's IRA tax credits has something to do with that.