We'll have to see if the rest of it holds up.
We've been extremely curious about what Hyundai's follow-up to the smash-hit Ioniq 5 will look like. While we don't have any powertrain specifics, this is the new design. The Hyundai Ioniq 6 has evolved from the drop-dead gorgeous Prophecy Concept. Given the upscale looks of that concept, we were a bit worried the real steel car would disappoint, especially on the heels of a looker like the Ioniq 5. That follow-up sequel is always the hardest.
Happily, Hyundai seems to have found a groove. This is a radical departure from the design language of the 5, but the Ioniq 6 still rests on the brand's E-GMP EV architecture, which also sits under Kia's EV6. As a result, we do know this car will have the 800V fast-charging found in current Hyundai EVs. But we're here for the design... and the camera mirrors.
For now, we'll spill what we do know about the Ioniq 6's specs. Given that shared architecture, we should be able to get pretty close. If we assume that this is basically a new Ioniq 5 with some different bodywork laid over it, the picture gets a hair clearer. At its hottest, the 5 makes 320 hp and 446lb-ft of torque via two electric motors. That should also mean a range of around 250 or so miles unless Hyundai's battery tech has taken a massive leap since the last time it launched an EV.
Speaking of the 5, we now also know how big this car will be. It'll be roughly the same size as the 5, but with a much lower roofline. Wheel-to-wheel, the Ioniq 6 measures 116.1 inches to the 5's 118.1, with the EV6 coming in at 114.1 inches. Still, a nice low, flat, battery pack means that occupants both front and rear will have ample leg room.
As for the design itself, we see a lot of Porsche influence. There's that pixelated whale-tail spoiler that's right off a 911 (so is that hoodline), and the rear is very BMW 6 Series from a few years back. Of course, the concept car's influence remains, especially in the lights and at the rear.
Inside, infotainment is handled by two 12-inch displays sitting side by side. Unfortunately, we Americans will have to live with plebian glass rearview mirrors, not the cool cameras. Our country is a tad regressive like that. Regardless, that means the screens for the mirrors won't take up dash space. It'll be interesting to see how that's managed.
The wheel might look familiar, but those four pixels probably won't. Those change color based on what you're doing with the car. For example, they'll flash white to indicate voice control is working, and green if you've got the car plugged in.
Hyundai says a total of two trim levels will be on offer for the model, and both will make heavy use of your standard socially-aware sustainable materials, like recycled plastics and leather dyed using flaxseed oil. Happily, the ambient lighting you see here is standard. We imagine there will also be some more meaningful upgrades for the higher trim, which will be revealed in detail when the car officially debuts.
Those sustainable materials also make their way outside, with 12 paint colors available. Two of them will use bamboo charcoal pigments to create a gold or green matte finish. For now, only two wheel options are available: an 18-inch and 21-inch wheel.
This being a "design reveal" and not the real thing, we're not sure what pricing will look like. However, based on this car's size and market positioning, we'd say the Tesla Model 3 needs to be just a bit worried. With those fast running up past $50K, we'd imagine Hyundai will want to undercut Musk, pricing the car somewhere north of $47,000 and thus, just under the Model 3.
For now, we're going to have to sit tight and wait for more info from Hyundai when it comes. Given the rate at which the brand is both releasing info and teasing the car, we'd imagine that it won't be long.