Hyundai Ioniq 6

Hyundai IONIQ 6 crushes initial range estimates ahead of launch

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Hyundai has revealed the range specifications for its upcoming Hyundai IONIQ 6 sedan, and it demolished the company’s original range estimates.

Hyundai revealed the IONIQ 6 sport sedan late last year at the Los Angeles Auto Show, highlighting the incredible aerodynamics and performance the new vehicle was capable of. According to data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the car is capable of significantly better range than originally advertised. Little did Hyundai engineers know but they were selling themselves short.

According to the Hyundai press release, the Hyundai IONIQ 6 sedan will have a maximum range of 361 miles with its SE Rear-Wheel-Drive Long-Range configuration, a full 21 miles more than initially announced. This is thanks to a 0.22 drag coefficient and a reasonably large 77.4 kWh battery. Thankfully for consumers, this is actually the cheapest configuration to come to the United States. However, this is only because the smaller 53 kWh battery won’t reach the North American market.

Higher-level trims and the optional all-wheel-drive system both take away significant amounts of range. For the SE Long Range, adding AWD cuts range from 361 miles to 316. This loss is only compounded by high trims with more interior amenities and larger 20-inch wheels, cutting the range to 305 miles for the SEL AWD and 270 miles for the top-of-the-line Limited AWD configuration.

While the higher trim and optional AWD seem detrimental, they come with some valid trade-offs. For instance, the high-performance AWD system adds nearly 100 horsepower, totaling 320, and adds just over 150 pound-feet of torque, totaling 446.

At the very least, no matter what trim you choose, you benefit from some of the highest efficiencies in the EV market. The max range model achieves an “MPGe rating” of 140 from the EPA, matching the Lucid Air and beating out the Tesla Model 3 by eight points. The lowest range and highest trim model of the Hyundai IONIQ 6, with a rating of 103 MPGe, you are still only a stone’s throw away from the IONIQ 5 with 110 MPGe.

Hyundai’s first sedan EV offering will be coming to dealers in the Spring of this year but has not received pricing information as of today.

Hyundai’s impressive efficiency metrics stack atop numerous other innovations on display in the IONIQ 6. The electric sedan charges from 10-80% in a mere 18 minutes, boasts impressive low NVH due to its aerodynamic design and still retains the powerful drivetrain that has attracted so many to Hyundai’s larger IONIQ offering, the IONIQ 5.

Hyundai is setting itself to take the market by storm with its newest EV offering. With such impressive technical specifications, it is once again battling with the leaders in the market. It will be fantastic to finally see its newest offerings entering the North American roadways.

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