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Hyundai Prophecy concept inspiration for Ioniq 6, second entry in Hyundai’s dedicated-BEV brand.

Aerodynamics, Sustainable Materials Keys to Ioniq 6 BEV

Hyundai says the Ioniq 6’s “overall design theme of ‘Ethical Uniqueness’ reflects Hyundai’s customer-centric commitment to energy efficiency and environmental responsibility.”

Hyundai releases images of its Ioniq 6 battery-electric vehicle, describing it as an “Electrified Streamliner” emphasizing aerodynamics and making innovative use of sustainable materials.

Inspired by Hyundai’s Prophecy EV Concept, the Ioniq 6’s “overall design theme of ‘Ethical Uniqueness’ reflects Hyundai’s customer-centric commitment to energy efficiency and environmental responsibility,” the automaker says in a statement.

The Ioniq 6’s interior space was developed simultaneously with the exterior form. Hyundai Motor Group’s Electric Global Modular Platform enabled the BEV’s designers to stretch the interior, front and rear, to create optimized legroom and spaciousness. The platform also allows for a completely flat floor.

The user-centric interior architecture features an ergonomically designed control unit that is centrally located to reduce distraction. The modular touchscreen dashboard integrates a 12-in. (30-cm) full-touch infotainment display and 12-in. digital cluster. A bridge-type center console provides ample storage space.

Dual Color Ambient Lighting offers users a choice of 64 colors and six dual color themes developed by color experts to promote relaxation and comfort.

The Ioniq 6 has a drag coefficient of just 0.21, assisted by its low nose, active air flaps at the front, wheel gap reducers and optional slim digital side mirrors. Further aiding the BEV’s aerodynamics are its elliptical wing-inspired spoiler with winglet, slight boat-tail structure and separation traps on both sides of the rear bumper.

The effort to achieve better aerodynamics also is evident underneath the car in the full cover of the undercarriage, optimized deflectors and reduced wheel-arch gap.

Designers applied sustainable materials to the exterior, including recycled pigment paint from end-of-life tires to the cladding and bamboo charcoal pigment paint to the body, Hyundai says.

The Ioniq 6’s interior also uses sustainable materials and colors. Depending on the trim level, these include eco-process leather (seats), recycled polyester fabric (seats), bio-thermoplastic skin (dashboard), bio-polyester fabric (headliner), bio paint derived from vegetable oils (doors), and recycled fishing net carpet.

“Ioniq 6 connects an emotional convergence of functionality with aesthetics,” says SangYup Lee, executive vice president and head of the Hyundai Design Center. “The distinctive streamlined design is the result of close cooperation between engineers and designers, with obsessive attention to detail and customer-centric values at the core. We have created the Ioniq 6 as a mindful cocoon that offers a personalized place for all.”

The Ioniq 6’s world premiere will take place in July, when Hyundai will reveal full specifications, including features and advanced technologies.


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