South Korean carmaker giant Hyundai has revealed the first look of its upcoming all-electric sedan, the Ioniq 6.
As Hyundai EV market share is quietly surging in Europe and the US, even Tesla’s Elon Musk has taken notice.
“The touchscreen is great when this car is [in] stationary condition, but when you’re moving, touchscreens can be dangerous,” explained Hyundai design chief Sangyup Lee
“For us, anything that relates to the safety, we use hardware. Anything not related to safety will use a touch interface.”
If last year’s all-electric Ioniq 5 crossover SUV took inspiration from 70s designs, then the 6 draws inspiration from streamlined vehicles from the 20s and 30s like the Stout Scarab.
The South Korean automaker is focused on showing off the design of this Hyundai Ioniq 6 rather than its technical specifications for now, so there are no firm details on its battery size or range.
But the car is using the same Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) as the Ioniq 5, which was rated for up to 315 miles on a single charge.
Range should benefit from the Ioniq 6’s streamlined design, which results in one of the lowest drag coefficients on the market at just 0.21.
Internally the Hyundai Ioniq 6 has a couple of different touchscreens: a 12-inch infotainment display and a 12-inch digital cluster.
But when it comes to the kinds of controls you’ll regularly need while driving like audio or climate control, Hyundai has opted for physical buttons.
Other interior features include lights on the steering wheel that show when the car is charging or listening for voice commands, the ability to light up the cabin with a choice of 64 colors, a completely flat floor, and a stretched interior for “optimized legroom.”
There’s also the option of having camera door mirrors rather than regular wing mirrors in markets where they’re legal, which doesn’t currently include the US.