Hot off the heels of its highly-coveted 2023 World Car of the Year victory, the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 just made its debut at the 2023 Manila International Auto Show. The newest electric vehicle (EV) in Hyundai’s award-winning Ioniq stable comes in a sleek sedan form factor. More importantly, plenty of functionality and range that matter the most to Filipino EV buyers.
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 comes with a very clean front end. The hood is slightly raised towards the sides, similar to what Porsche does to their cars, while its LED headlights also feature the same pixel pattern that’s found in its taillights. The black strip that runs across the Ioniq 6’s fascia is where the sensors are placed, just so Hyundai’s designers could clean up its front end.
On the other hand, the rear end of the Ioniq 6 also happens to be one of its most distinctive design features. The full-width Parametric Pixel LED taillights are similar to that of the Ioniq 5’s, while its integrated twin rear spoilers also serve an aerodynamic purpose. Lower down its rear fascia is a pair of vertically-stacked LED rear foglights and a black rear diffuser. It’s a very unique and distinct design–enough so that it also won World Car Design for 2023–on top of its World Car of the Year award.
The interior of the Hyundai Ioniq 6 follows a similar theme to the Ioniq 5 crossover SUV, though rather than going for a lounge-like ambiance, the Ioniq 6 feels more cocooned with its high center console. The lines of the dash kick up at its sides since this is where the screens for the optional (but probably distracting) digital wing mirrors can be housed. The door armrests slope downwards rather than protruding inwards because they no longer feature buttons. Instead, the window controls are now located in the center console.
Just like the Ioniq 5, the Ioniq 6 comes with two 12-inch screens, though in this case it’s surrounded by a satin silver frame and black bezels. Multi-layered ambient LED lighting is also available, and this can be configured with 64 colors or 6 two-tone themes to choose from. In addition, its E-GMP platform that’s shared with the Ioniq 5 and its Kia cousins, the EV6 and EV9, gives the Ioniq 6 plenty of room inside the midsize executive sedan.
Likewise, the E-GMP platform enables the Ioniq 6 to use the same 800-volt architecture as the aforementioned EVs. This allows the Ioniq 6 to be charged from 10 to 80 percent via 350 kW DC in around 18 minutes. As for its powertrain, 53 kWh or 77.4 kWh, while horsepower ranges from 149 hp to 325 hp for the dual-motor all-wheel drive (AWD) version. Range, on the other hand, tops out at 545 km, depending on the drivetrain and battery size choice.
Take note, however, that this isn’t yet the local launch of the Hyundai Ioniq 6. Instead, this serves as a preview of its local launch that will happen sometime later this year. According to the folks at Hyundai Motor Philippines (HMPH), the Ioniq 6 will be priced at around P4 million, a little more than the flagship Long Range model of the Ioniq 5. This also means that the Ioniq 6 will serve as HMPH’s flagship EV model.
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