2022 Hyundai Ioniq 6 electric car previewed: price, specs and release date

New Hyundai Ioniq 6 electric car will offer a range of up to 330 miles and a high-tech interior – here's everything we know about it so far...

Hyundai Prophecy front

On sale Late 2022 | Price from £43,000 (est)

Like Goldilocks' third bowl of porridge, the Hyundai Ioniq 6 could turn out to be just right for prospective electric car buyers who want to look flash while saving cash on their running costs.

Having tested the water on electrification with the Hyundai Ioniq then shown it can package electric technology into a more alluring package with the Hyundai Ioniq 5, the South Korean manufacturer is serving up the Ioniq 6 as the sweet and tasty dessert course of its electric car line-up.

Its looks should certainly be as Instagram worthy as the best desserts, because they’ll be inspired by the Prophecy concept car (pictured) revealed earlier this year. Although the concept's styling will be toned down for the Ioniq 6, its sleek lines and swept-back profile will remain, make it a compelling rival to the BMW i4, Tesla Model 3 and others.

As a result, the Ioniq 6 is one of 12 cars in contention for the 2022 What Car? Reader Award, which goes to the upcoming model that people are most excited about; you can see all of the contenders and cast your vote here.

Hyundai Prophecy concept rear

The Ioniq 6 was initially scheduled to go on sale early in 2022, but reports from South Korea suggest its launch has been pushed back, principally to allow engineers to fit a larger battery. This new 77.4kWh unit will have a slightly greater usable capacity than the 73kWh pack used in the Ioniq 5, and should result in a range that easily beats the maximum 300 miles offered by that car.

Indeed, some versions of the Ioniq 6 are likely to have an official range of around 330 miles. That’s less than entry-level versions of the i4 and Model 3, but should be plenty for most buyers. The same battery is already in use in the Ioniq 6’s sister car, the Kia EV6, where it manages up to 328 miles between charges.

If the Ioniq 6 shares the EV6’s electric motors, as it’s likely to, we expect entry-level versions to be powered by a single 226bhp motor driving the rear wheels, with a four-wheel drive, dual-motor 321bhp model sitting above it in the line-up.

An even hotter version, likely to be badged Ioniq 6 N, could offer as much as 577bhp from dual electric motors – a set-up already available on the EV6 GT.

Hyundai Prophecy concept front

The Ioniq 6 will feature the same fast-charging capability as the Ioniq 5. That means you’ll be able to replenish its battery to 80% of capacity in as little as 18 minutes, if you can find a charging point capable of supplying enough juice.

The interior will be a far cry from the futuristic controls of the Prophecy concept car, and will instead be based on that of the Ioniq 5, pictured below. That means two 12.3in screens will take care of instruments and infotainment, with buttons below the infotainment screen taking you to commonly used features such as the climate control or sat-nav.

We like the simple layout of this system in the Ioniq 5, although some of the screen’s smaller icons can be hard to hit on the move.

Expect the Ioniq 6 to offer a plethora of USB charging ports, so no one has to fight to charge their devices on long journeys, as well as wireless phone-charging, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 2021 interior dashboard

The Prophecy concept was designed with autonomous driving in mind, and while the Ioniq 6 won’t be capable of that – at least not initially – it will offer the latest driver assistance technologies, including adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance and a blind-spot monitoring system.

Other features from the concept that might make it on to the Ioniq 6 you’ll be able to buy include wool carpet, and an air conditioning system that circulates purified air through the car before releasing it to the outside world, effectively helping to clean the air around you as you drive along.

Prices won’t be revealed for a while, but we expect them to start at around £43,000, placing the Ioniq 6 conveniently between the existing Ioniq 5 and the upcoming Ioniq 7 SUV in terms of price. That means the Ioniq 6 will cost about the same as entry-level versions of the Model 3, but will be a comparative bargain next to the more expensive i4.

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