Preliminary Australian market details for the forthcoming Hyundai Ioniq 6 electric vehicle (EV) were revealed during the global launch in South Korea, with two highly specialized variants likely to be the first offerings.
According to information from Hyundai’s local division, the Ioniq 6 will arrive in Australia “early 2023” – pointing to the first quarter (January to March inclusive) – with a lineup likely to mirror the related Ioniq 5 range.
That means single-motor and dual-motor powertrain options, both high-spec, and a standard, long-range battery.
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Pricing has yet to be officially confirmed, but we’re expecting a similar price range to the Ioniq 5 with a slight premium, meaning the $70,000 to $80,000 price range before street cost seems likely.
Hyundai Australia has also confirmed that the new Ioniq 6 will be the second model in the local range to feature the brand’s Bluelink Connected Services with app-based remote capabilities, as well as an on-board modem that will enable Connected Services via the infotainment system enabled.
The Palisade was the first model in Australia to receive this.
The company’s new digital side mirrors will also be “offered” on local Ioniq 6 models, although it’s unclear whether the camera-based units will be a standard feature like on the Genesis GV60 or part of an option pack.
While Hyundai Australia won’t say too much about the Ioniq 6’s delivery or sales projections ahead of launch, it’s believed the local allocation will be somewhere along the lines of the Ioniq 5, meaning our market will have few during the year hundred units will be available course 2023.
“We expect demand for Ioniq 6 to significantly exceed supply for the foreseeable future,” the company said.
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 is available in its home market of Korea with three different powertrain options, including two battery sizes.
Standard range 2WD versions feature a rear-mounted 111kW / 350Nm electric motor connected to a 53kWh lithium-ion battery pack, with a claimed 367km range on the combined Korean efficiency cycle with 18″ wheels.
There are also Long Range 2WD and Long Range AWD versions, both with a larger 77.4kWh battery – likely the Australian offerings.
The 2WD gets a 168 kW/350 Nm electric motor on the rear axle, and the AWD adds another motor at the front for a combined output of 239 kW and 605 Nm.
In terms of range, the Long Range 2WD can travel up to 524 kilometers on the stricter Korean cycle with 18-inch wheels (452 km with 20-inch rims), while the Long Range AWD extends this to 420 to 420, depending on the wheels 484 km lowers.
For reference, Hyundai claims that the Ioniq 6 Long Range 2WD will offer a range of 610 kilometers on the WLTP cycle, almost 100 km more than the official Korean figure.
Pricing and specs for the local Ioniq 6 range will be detailed closer to the launch of the new model in early 2023.
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