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Hyundai to delay launch of IONIQ6 for redesign, longer mileage

The upcoming EV, which is expected to have longer mileage than the IONIQ5, will also be equipped with a lighting grille

By Aug 16, 2021 (Gmt+09:00)

Hyundai's Prophecy concept that previews the IONIQ6
Hyundai's Prophecy concept that previews the IONIQ6

Hyundai Motor Co. will delay the much-anticipated launch of the IONIQ6, the top South Korean automaker’s second all-electric vehicle on an exclusive EV platform, for a significant redesign and longer mileage to appeal to young, trendy drivers.

According to industry sources on Aug. 16, Hyundai has decided to postpone the production of the IONIQ6 by two to three months until May or June 2022.

A delay by two months to January in the planned temporary shutdown of its Asan plant to overhaul the facility to makes IONIQ EVs instead of the current mid-size Sonata sedans is another reason, the sources said.

Citing Hyundai’s internal documents, the sources said the automaker wants to redesign the front and rear bumpers and lamps of the IONIQ6.

The body length will be extended by 20 milimeters to be just shy of that of the Grandeur sedan, which is 4,900 mm long, they said.

The sources also said the IONIQ6 will be redesigned to have a longer battery capacity than the IONIQ5.

The upcoming EV will have a 77.4 KWh battery, larger than the originally planned capacity of 72.6 KWh, meaning the IONIQ6 can travel up to 500 km on a single charge.

The interior of Hyundai's Prophecy concept 
The interior of Hyundai's Prophecy concept 

LONGER MILEAGE THAN IONIQ5

In February, Hyundai debuted the IONIQ5, the first model under its standalone electric vehicle sub-brand, amid intensifying competition among global automakers to go eco-friendly.

The IONIQ5, a mid-size crossover utility vehicle (CUV), is the first car to sit on the Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) that will underpin all forthcoming electric cars from both Hyundai and sister firm Kia Corp.

The IONIQ5 is available in two versions: the long-range model with a 72.6 KWh battery and the standard one with a 58 KWh battery. The long-range version can travel up to 430 km on a single charge.

Unlike the IONIQ5, which is a CUV, the IONIQ6 is a mid-size sedan, inspired by its Prophecy concept, to appeal to a variety of consumers.

The IONIQ6 will be followed by the IONIQ7, a sport utility vehicle (SUV), which Hyundai plans to launch by 2024.

Lighting grille technology unveiled by Hyundai Mobis
Lighting grille technology unveiled by Hyundai Mobis

LIGHTING GRILLE

Industry officials said the IONIQ6 will also be equipped with a “lighting grille,” a new technology that allows drivers to use the front grille of their cars as LED lighting devices. No electric cars unveiled by global automakers have such technology, they said.

Hyundai Mobis Co., the auto parts affiliate of Hyundai Motor, said in June it has developed the lighting grille technology.

The grille can also be used as means of communication with other automobiles and pedestrians. For example, the grille can run on various modes, such as self-driving and EV charging modes, as well as offering a welcome light or a warning light function to alert drivers or pedestrians that get too close. It can even display sound beats.

Write to Byung-Uk Do and Hyung-Kyu Kim at dodo@hankyung.com

In-Soo Nam edited this article.

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