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Saturday, December 03, 2022

How Hyundai Americanized the 2024 Ioniq 6 EV Sedan

As seen in the official reveal, it’s clear that the upcoming Hyundai Ioniq 6 sedan is a significant departure from its predecessor. Unlike the Ioniq 5 which had a crossover design and a rather questionable styling, Hyundai has taken a different approach with the Ioniq 6 and is set for a world premiere. Expect a lot more details to emerge about the 2024 Ioniq 6 soon and stay tuned to CarHP for the latest updates.

Unlike the international variant, the American variant of Ioniq 6 gets several changes; the most notable of which is the absence of the unique digital mirror system because of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) regulations. With the standard mirror setup, the Americanized version will be more inefficient than its European counterparts owing to a higher drag coefficient of 0.215 Cd (instead of 0.210 Cd). Fortunately, most of the other features including the LED lights on the steering wheel, which are now four simple dots (indicates the vehicle’s status) instead of the whole H logo will remain.

Performance and Efficiency

Surprisingly, the batteries on the Ioniq 6 are the same as the ones powering the Ioniq 5. It offers a range of 220 miles with the standard 53 kWh battery and 303 miles with the larger 77 kWh battery setup. Opting for all-wheel drive will reduce figures down to 274 miles. However, these figures are for the Ioniq 5, which has a higher drag. The sleek and efficient design of the Ioniq 6 should improve on these figures. It is estimated that it will go up to 379 miles with the bigger battery in the WLTP test, a significant improvement over the older model.

Charging speeds are also improved with the new hardware, taking just 18 mins to go from 0 to 80 percent when using the 800-volt 350 kW charger. Since the latest charging network has yet to be rolled out in most of the country, the vehicle will also be compatible with the 400-volt system. A notable addition to the Ioniq 6 is the vehicle-to-load functionality that allows owners to power items through the charging port, which can be helpful when there is no power or if you’re camping.

And the updated motor setup now gets hairpin windings with solid core wiring, providing a high fill factor for better performance. It will also help the motor stay cooler to improve efficiency. With all these updates, expect the standard Ioniq 6 to return around 22.5 kWh/100 miles, making it a lot more efficient than competitors like the Mustang Mach E (33kWh/100 miles). When pitted against the Ioniq 5 which returns 31 kWh/100 miles, tech upgrades are significant.

The updated drivetrain design, however, did not improve performance. With 320 hp on the highest spec model, the Ioniq 6 reaches 60 MPH in 5 seconds, 0.6 slower than the Ioniq 5 it replaces. While the Ioniq 6 focuses a lot on being one of the most efficient EVs out there, the performance on offer is still impressive thanks to Hyundai’s EV Performance Tune-up system. To improve the dynamics, the system allows the driver to control and set various factors including the steering sensitivity, throttle, and even motor power. Even the soundtrack can be adjusted with the e-ASD (Electric Vehicle-Active Sound Design) system, pumping in sci-fi themed noises inside the cabin.

Hyundai has gone to great lengths to achieve aerodynamics and efficiency. Most of the improvement can be traced back to the unique sweeping design, resembling a coupe more than a sedan. From the sleek headlamp setup to the dual spoilers, every bit of the design is focused on improving efficiency. Even active flaps are provided on the bumper, which is used only when cooling is needed. Another notable addition is the dual spoiler system that helps separate the wind flow over the rear windshield. The upper spoiler breaks up the vortex from the roof, while the rear one handles the leftover air. Like the lights on the steering wheel, the upper spoiler also gets LED pixel dots.

Technology and Interior design

Hyundai has also revamped the interior of the 2024 Ioniq 6 attributing a minimalist design. There is plenty of space on offer thanks to the longer wheelbase. The seats are made of high-density foam with steel frames, making them a lot thinner than usual. The materials used also feel different, and recycled plastic is reportedly used in most areas. Despite this, the seats feel soft and resemble fabric. Moreover, you get 64-color ambient lighting that further improves the cabin atmosphere, giving it a futuristic theme. The system also gets speed sync lighting which intensifies the light at higher speeds. The interior can also be bought in four color options- dark gray, dark olive green, pale brown, and black.

Moving to the infotainment system and features on offer, the latest Hyundai comes with four USB-C ports, two for each row and a single USB-A connection. Wireless charging is also provided at the front for more convenience. There are two 12-inch displays integrated neatly on the dashboard, with one doubling up as the instrument cluster. The touchscreen display to the right includes all the latest features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Two Bluetooth devices can also be connected at the same time. For your music needs, you also get an 8-speaker Bose sound system with a subwoofer for better quality audio. Hyundai also includes voice memo features to record notes while on the move.

Hyundai is ready to start production of the Ioniq 6 for the U.S market by the beginning of 2023, and sales will begin soon after in the first quarter of 2023. And the brand is already working on an EV SUV -the Ioniq 7. 

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