Hyundai has long promised that it would unveil a sleek electric sedan in the Ioniq family of vehicles and it appears to be well on its way. Spied testing in Northern Scandinavia, the brand’s upcoming EV is slowly revealing some of its secrets.
Spotted sporting two styles of wheels, one set of five-spoke wheels featuring an aerodynamic design looks a little unimpressive next to the multi-spoke wheels found on the Ioniq 5 hatchback.
The new model’s parametric pixel LED headlights and taillights also appear to be visible hiding under the camouflage. Ironically, it’s in the photos without them on that the multitudinous light squares that dot the front of other Ioniq vehicles, including the Ioniq 5, are most visible.
Previewed by the Hyundai Prophecy concept, the Ioniq 6 will have a sleek design. The streamlined proportions suggest aerodynamic efficiency but the rounded shape of the body is somewhat reminiscent of Mercedes-EQ’s design language.
It will be based on the Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP platform, like other EVs from Kia and Genesis. We would expect, then, for power outputs to be pretty similar to the Ioniq 5. That vehicle’s single-motor variant produces a respectable 215 hp (218 PS/160 kW). A 77.4 kWh battery, meanwhile, provides it with a range of up to 300 miles (483 km).
Rumors suggest the Ioniq 6 could eventually replace the Hyundai Sonata, once it is well established. As an EV of that size, it will have to take on the likes of the Tesla Model 3 and the Polestar 2.
Set to debut late this year, the vehicle is expected to go on sale in 2023. It will later be joined by a seven-seat family vehicle known as the Ioniq 7.