A few weeks go we showed you up for the first time IONIQ’s 6 rear silhoutte and spoiler. In this new pictures sent by our colleagues at cars_world.2 showing the side and 3/4 view with the canvas camouflage removed we can see its great similarity between the Prophecy concept despite this IONIQ 6 is clearly smaller and similar to a Hyundai Elantra.
Everything we know so far?
According to the latest information from South Korea, the IONIQ 6 (internal codename CE) is going to be delayed around 3 months from the original time schedule of mass production (March 2022). The reason is Hyundai will improve some internal/external parts of the vehicle that were not to the taste of Mr. Eui-sun Chung.
The external changes are related to the front and rear bumpers, according to the source, the design was changed and now the car is 20mm longer, this design changes will give extra mileage.
Also Hyundai plans to introduce world’s first intelligent lightning grille (we talked about this here). Inside Hyundai will use a bigger battery pack, reaching 77,4 kWh, again looking for additional range.
On the 22nd, Hyundai Motor Company held a conference call for ‘Announcement of EV (Electric Vehicle) Strategy for the First Quarter of 2021’ and said, “We plan to sell 160,000 units of 8 different electric vehicles this year, and set a goal to expand sales to 560,000 units of 12 EV models in 2025.”
Hyundai Motor Company plans to release the IONIQ 6 (codenamed as CE), first electric sedn model next year, following the IONIQ 5 (codenamed as NE), which will be released in South Korea as early as this month. As of the end of the first quarter, the number of pre-contracts for IONIQ 5 reached 42,000 units so it was very successful.
Comparison between Hyundai Prophecy concept & IONIQ 6 prototype window line
The South Korean carmaker plans to introduce the IONIQ 6 Sedan, to be based on the EV concept ‘Propechy’ in 2022. The IONIQ range will be completed in early 2024 with the launch of a larger SUV, to be called as IONIQ 7.
The IONIQ 6 will also sits on the Electric Global Modular Platform known as E-GMP that offers fast charging and a rich driving range. If the IONIQ 5/Kia EV6 already can drive 550 km, we expect that the IONIQ 6 could arrive to 650 or even 700km of range. (As the wheelbase will be longer, more cells could be added).
The dedicated EV platform will enable Hyundai to reimagine the vehicle interior as a “smart living space”, with unique features such as highly adjustable seats, wireless connectivity and drawers. The platform paradigm shift will be extended to the user interface. The user interface is simple, intuitive and ergonomically designed to help passengers feel comfortable.
So we can’t wait to see more about IONIQ’s sedan proposal, sure with the first prototypes hitting the road soon (if they expected to be launched during next year).
I already know that this is going to be a home run for Hyundai.