The Hyundai IONIQ 6 makes its first-ever North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Taking advantage of this attention, the manufacturer unveils the North American technical characteristics of its electric sedan, but in terms of prices, we will have to wait a little longer.
Hyundai will offer only two versions of the IONIQ6 sedan on the Canadian market. Basically, you should know that there will be two levels of equipment, Preferred and Ultimate. We also count on the possibility of two cogs, rear-wheel drive and integral. Being built on the same e-GMP platform than the IONIQ 5, it is not surprising that we opt for a similar technical strategy between the two products. There will basically be three versions of the Hyundai IONIQ 6: rear-wheel-drive (RWD) Preferred, all-wheel-drive (AWD) Preferred and all-wheel-drive (AWD) Ultimate.
Exterior Differences, Preferred and Ultimate
In keeping with the automaker’s approach to new electrics, there are very few differences between the Preferred and Ultimate models. In terms of style, what strikes the most is the size and design of the rims. The base model Preferred will be entitled to 18-inch aluminum rims while for the Ultimate, we go to 20 inches. Importantly, the 20-inch wheels come with 245-width tires versus 225 for the entry-level model. This aspect will have a positive impact on road holding, but negative on energy consumption, and therefore autonomy. For the rest, the Ultimate gets a standard panoramic sunroof, automatic wipers and gloss black accents replacing a matte finish on certain accessories such as the base of the mirrors. All versions get the lighting treatment with no less than 700 parametric pixels all around the body. Hyundai has done intense work on aerodynamics with a drag coefficient of just 0.22, the most reliable in the company.
Interior Differences, Preferred and Ultimate
In the cabin, we recognize our tunes by comparing with theIONIQ 5. We quickly see the family ties between the two models. The two 12.3-inch screens are extended as standard to the instrumentation and the multimedia system. On the Preferred side, we get a fabric seat covering, while the Ultimate gets eco-responsibly treated and dyed leather. All versions have heated seats in the front, but the more equipped range adds heated seats in the rear and air conditioning in the front.
As for gadgets, the Ultimate incorporates a Bose audio system with 8 speakers, induction charging, head-up display, parking assistance by remote control as well as V2L technology which allows you to use electricity to power outdoor accessories such as a cooler.
Engines and autonomy
The IONIQ 6s are built on the same e-GMP platform that sits under all of the South Korean group’s latest electric creations. Either way, you get a 77.4 kilowatt-hour battery. The latter comes with an on-board charger with a capacity of 10.9 kilowatts. Hyundai is one of the only manufacturers to offer a charging level of up to 350 kilowatts. With the IONIQ 6, it is technically possible to go from 10% to 80% charge in just 18 minutes. In addition, the system is compatible with 400 and 800 volt charging infrastructures.
The rear-wheel-drive version comes with a single motor on the rear axle. This engine produces 168 kilowatts (225 horsepower) and 258 lb-ft of torque. According to current estimates from Hyundai, with this configuration, it would be possible to have a range between recharges of 547 kilometers. For the model with 2 electric motors, therefore 4-wheel drive, there is a 75 kilowatt motor at the front and 165 kilowatts at the rear. At the end of the day, the combined power is the equivalent of 320 horsepower, and the torque, 446 lb-ft. With this model, the range literally borders on 500 kilometers at 499.
For now, Hyundai Canada is not yet disclosing the price list for the IONIQ 6 2023 lineup. They will be known somewhere around the arrival of the model in the Canadian market.
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