Hyundai is on a roll. World gross sales are up 4 %, regardless of ongoing pandemic and provide chain points, and gross sales exterior of its native South Korea are up a formidable 7 %. Then there may be the small matter of awards.

Of the highest three 2022 World Automotive of the Yr finalists, an accolade conferred by a jury of 102 automotive journalists from 33 nations, not one however two had been from the Hyundai Motor Group: Hyundai’s Ioniq 5 and the Kia EV6. Kia is minority-owned by Hyundai, and its EV6 relies on the identical platform because the Ioniq 5. The opposite finalist was the Ford Mustang Mach-E—making the entire remaining three EVs. 

Hyundai additionally nabbed World Automotive Design of the Yr and World Electrical Automotive, beating the Audi E-Tron GT and Mercedes-Benz EQS. And together with many different country-specific trophies, the Ioniq 5 was topped 2022 German Automotive of the Yr—little question placing a couple of noses at BMW, Audi, and Mercedes even additional out of joint.

Following the design and efficiency success of the Ioniq 5 and Kia’s EV6, the automotive world has been eagerly watching to see what’s going to comply with. That wait is now over. Hyundai plans to introduce 17 EV fashions over the following eight years, beginning with the Ioniq 6.

The Ioniq 6’s modern profile means it has a close to record-breaking drag coefficient of 0.21

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With its aerodynamically environment friendly profile, which affords the Ioniq 6 a drag coefficient of 0.21 (only a smidge behind the 0.20 claimed by EQS, at present the world’s most aerodynamic automotive), the brand new Hyundai has greater than a whiff of Porsche 911 about it, albeit with 4 doorways. SangYup Lee, govt vp and head of the Hyundai World Design Middle, refers back to the sweeping silhouette as “streamliner typology.”

Sitting between 2021’s Ioniq 5 and the forthcoming Ioniq 7 electrical SUV, the Ioniq 6 seems aimed toward individuals searching for extra efficiency than the family-orientated Ioniq 5 affords. In addition to an ultra-low drag coefficient, which ought to assist with the EV’s as-yet-unstated vary, Hyundai’s electrified streamliner has extra aero options, together with lively air flaps on the entrance, wheel hole reducers, and optionally available digital facet mirrors which might be slimmer than conventional designs.

“With 7, we speak about Teutonic design,” says Simon Loasby, vp and head of Hyundai Model Group. “However that is far more streamlined, extra elegant. The attention-grabbing factor about streamliners is it’s a design motion which we’ve joined. And that, despite the fact that that is the primary certainly one of its variety, provides the automotive a background. That was at all times our motivation, the streamlined kind. We’re squeezing each final depend of aero out of this design.”

Refined design additions have been added to assist with aero effectivity…

{Photograph}: Charlie Magee/Hyundai

… like this small wedge form within the rear bumpers that improves air circulate.

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Look intently and you’ll see proof of this squeezing. Along with wheel hole reducers on the entrance to scale back turbulence, there are downward “winglets” on the ends of the rear spoiler, in addition to a seemingly superfluous wedge form constructed into both facet of the rear bumper. Each small design particulars are simply missed however assist scale back drag and attain that very excessive aero effectivity.

The automotive is constructed on the identical 800V, super-fast charging E-GMP structure because the Ioniq 5, which implies the Ioniq 6 will even have “automobile to load” functionality so you may run electrical objects akin to a TV or vacuum cleaner off its battery. 

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