New Hyundai Ioniq 6 promises Tesla-beating range with up to 379 miles

Technical specifications have been confirmed for the all-new Hyundai Ioniq 6 electric saloon

More details have been released on the new all-electric Hyundai Ioniq 6 saloon, revealed a few months ago and set to go on sale in the UK later this year, including its claimed maximum range of 379 miles – five miles more than the Tesla Model 3 Long Range.

The new model, nicknamed the Electric Streamliner by Hyundai, uses much of the same technology as the brand's award-winning Ioniq 5 crossover, including its E-GMP platform, which can be fitted with either a 58 or 77.4 kWh battery pack. However, by using the very latest technology and with its super-slippery shape (it has a drag co-efficient of just 0.21Cd), the Ioniq 6 can beat the most efficient Ioniq 5’s maximum claimed range by 64 miles.

Things could get even better for the Ioniq 6 with software-over-the-air updates that could increase the range further. Speaking to Auto Express at the technical unveiling of the car in advance of the Busan Motor Show in Korea, Thomas Schemera, Hyundai’s Executive Vice President, Global Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Customer Experience Division, told us, “Software over the air will allow us to update key control systems, including the battery control system, for even better performance and enhance the ownership experience for customers.”

The Ioniq 6 is set to arrive in UK showrooms before the end of the year, and although prices and specifications have yet to be announced, Auto Express expects the car to cost not much more than its Ioniq 5 sibling.

That could mean a starting price of around £43,000 for the entry-level 58kWh two wheel-drive version, rising to around £57,000 for the top-spec 77.4kWh battery model with four wheel drive, 316bhp, 605Nm of torque and a 0-62mph time of just 5.1 seconds.

Hyundai’s E-GMP architecture can support both 400V and 800V charging, with 800V charging as standard. Using a rapid charger, the Ioniq 6 can charge from 10 to 80 per cent in just 18 minutes.

When it arrives, the Ioniq 6 will be pitched into battle against the likes of the Nissan Ariya, as well as Tesla’s Model 3 and the Polestar 2. However, the Ioniq has one ace up its sleeve: rear space.

At 4,855mm it’s longer than its main rivals, including the Tesla, and with a wheelbase of 2,950mm it offers impressive rear space. A six-foot-tall rear passenger can sit behind a similarly sized driver with considerably more kneeroom than in rivals, while the sloping roofline doesn’t impinge on headroom, either

However, unlike some rivals, the Ioniq 6 is a saloon only, with a narrow opening for luggage, while Hyundai hasn’t yet revealed details of the boot’s overall capacity.

The Ioniq 6’s dash follows a similar theme to the 5 with dual 12-inch infotainment and driver display screens on the dashboard. There are additional screens sitting in wings at each end of the dash, too, for the camera system that can replace traditional door mirrors – likely to be on top-spec models only in the UK.

The car's electric window switches are located in the centre console to provide a slim and clutter-free door panel that can be cleverly lit with reflected patterns in up to 64 colours. A Speed Sync Lighting mode can change the brightness of the interior lighting in the front of the cabin based on the car’s speed, too.

Further gadgetry includes an EV Performance Tune-up system, which allows the driver to tweak steering effort, electric motor power, accelerator pedal sensitivity and driveline modes. And e-ASD, a sound technology, changes the spaceship-like sound inside the car based on the vehicle’s driving status

Auto Express expects an Ioniq 6 N model to join the line-up at some stage, too. Although Hyundai wouldn’t confirm a performance version, an Ioniq 6 N model could also link nicely to the Ioniq 6 replacing the Veloster N in the all-electric ETCR e-Touring Car World Cup racing series.

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