The EV space is on a roll all over the world. However, this change has been brought about by startups like Tesla and Rivian. Tesla has been especially popular with its Model 3 being a massive hit. Sadly, Tesla is not coming anytime soon to India due to reasons that we have covered in detail in the past (check the story linked below to know that exact reasons). However, don’t get your hopes down as a Tesla rival is expected to debut at the Auto Expo 2023. Which is this Tesla rival? It is Hyundai’s IONIQ 6. In today’s article, lets talk about the Hyundai IONIQ 6 in India.
The IONIQ 6 is Hyundai’s marquee EV that sits above the recently unveiled IONIQ 5. The IONIQ 6 is the production version of the Hyundai Prophecy concept that was showcased at the last Auto Expo held in 2020. As a product, the IONIQ 6 comes with a futuristic design. We get to see fish-eyed headlamp design with retro bits like the IONIQ 5. The side profile has a close resemblance to Porsche cars. Hyundai claims that the IONIQ 6 has a drag coefficient of just 0.21. At the rear, we have an infinite LED taillamp design. In the interiors, we have a simple dashboard layout with a dual-screen layout and a two-spoke steering wheel.
The IONIQ 6 is based on Hyundai/Kia’s E-GMP skateboard platform. This platform also underpins the IONIQ 5 and Kia EV6. Now, let’s talk about its range and power figures. Globally, the IONIQ 6 comes with two battery pack options – 53kWh and a 77kWh battery pack. We also have two drive options: a rear-wheel drive and an all-wheel drive. The all-wheel drive setup makes 320bhp and 605Nm, while the rear-wheel drive setup produces 228bhp and 350Nm. As far as range is concerned, we get 429km to 614km depending on the battery pack and drive setup.
Hyundai IONIQ 6 – Will it come to India?
As stated above, Hyundai recently unveiled the IONIQ 5 in India. Hyundai has opened bookings and the car is expected to go on sale in January 2023. However, Hyundai India hasn’t announced anything regarding the IONIQ 6. Hyundai could gauge the interest of the IONIQ 6 garners at the Auto Expo 2023 before considering launching it in India.
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