2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 electric car revealed, coming to Australia


Meet the second member of Hyundai’s Ioniq electric car range, the Ioniq 6 – a slippery Tesla-rivalling electric sedan devoted to aerodynamics.

Alex Misoyannis

The 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 electric sedan has been revealed, ahead of full details due next month, and an Australian launch slated for late 2022 or early 2023.

Underpinned by the same Hyundai E-GMP dedicated electric platform as the Ioniq 5 medium SUV, the new Ioniq 6 targets sedans from the top-selling Tesla Model 3 to the Polestar 2 and upcoming Volkswagen ID.6/ID.7.

Evolved from the Prophecy concept of 2020, the production Ioniq 6 aims to look like few other cars on the road with an “aerodynamically sculpted”, smooth-surfaced design intended to look like a ‘streamliner’.

While the production Ioniq 6 retains the Prophecy’s single-arch roofline, sharp shoulder line and ‘whale tail’ rear spoiler, the car destined for showrooms appears taller and narrower, with smaller wheels, and a more conventional tail-light bar.

Hyundai claims a drag coefficient of just 0.21 – among the lowest of any production car – thanks to a low nose, active front ‘grille’ shutters, “wheel gap reducers”, the unique rear spoiler, rear bumper “separation traps”, and a covered underbody.

Digital side mirrors – which project camera feeds from the sides of the car to screens on the edges of the dashboard – are optional in overseas market in place of traditional mirrors. It’s unclear if these will be offered in Australia.

The Ioniq 6 features over 700 ‘Parametric Pixels’, which feature with LED illumination in the headlights, tail-lights and lower rear lights, and as simple squares on the lower front bumper, reversing camera, and interior accents.

Inside, a 12-inch touchscreen and 12-inch instrument display sit in front of the driver, above a compact climate control panel, and a “bridge-type” centre console with storage areas and a selection of key controls.

A 64-colour ambient lighting system integrates across the dashboard and door cards. The two-spoke steering wheel – shared with the Ioniq 5 – features four LED lights that claim to “enable easy communication between the driver and vehicle”.

Sustainable materials feature throughout the cabin, with eco-processed leather or recycled PET fabric (from plastic bottles) for the seats, bio TPO skin for the dashboard, bio PET fabric for the headliner, recycled fishing net carpet, and door trim paint made from vegetable oils.

The exterior paint and body cladding is made from recycled bamboo charcoal pigments and “end-of-life” recycled tyres.

Full details of the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 electric car will be announced next month, ahead of an Australian launch expected in late 2022 or early 2023.

Powertrains are expected to include a choice of single or dual electric motors, connected to a 77.4kWh battery for upwards of 239kW, and 500km of driving range.

Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines as a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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