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Finally, a true Tesla Model 3 competitor? Here's what we know about the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 electric sedan, including price, design and timing

This render, courtesy of NYMammoth shows what the production Ioniq 6 could look like.

When it comes to new electric vehicles, the majority of new and upcoming models are SUVs.

But the runaway success of the Tesla Model 3 proves that sedans are still popular with EV buyers.

But aside from the Model 3, the majority of electric sedans available are at the premium end of the market.

Think the Audi e-tron GT, Mercedes-Benz EQS and EQE and the Model 3’s larger sibling, the Model S.

More electric sedans are coming, with the BYD Seal expected to eat into Tesla’s sales, but one model that is expected to get a lot of attention when it eventually launches is the Ioniq 6. We have pulled together all of the information we have on the four-door EV.

Platform and dimensions

The Ioniq 6 will be underpinned by Hyundai Group’s E-GMP, or Electric Global Modular Platform, which also forms the basis of the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, and upcoming Genesis GV60.

The platform is scalable and will cover most segments, according to Hyundai.

Going by what Hyundai Australia product development boss, Andrew Tuitahi, told CarsGuide last year, expect the Ioniq 6’s footprint to be roughly the same size as the Ioniq 5. Of course it won’t be the same height, but you can bet that it will have a longer wheelbase than a Sonata.

The Ioniq 6 will be based on the design of the striking 2020 Hyundai Prophecy concept. The Ioniq 6 will be based on the design of the striking 2020 Hyundai Prophecy concept.

Powertrain

E-GMP supports 800-volt charging up to 350kW, which Hyundai says will allow a charge of 80 per cent of the battery with 500km range in 18 minutes, or add 100km in just five minutes.

Hyundai hasn’t revealed powertrain specs for the Ioniq 6 yet, but the Ioniq 5 SUV has a range of up to 451km on the WLTP protocol.

There will likely be rear and all-wheel drive versions, with the latter offering more power and torque. In the Ioniq 5, the dual motor AWD model pumps out 225kW/605Nm compared with the RWD’s 160kW/350Nm.

Interior

The Ioniq 6 should follow the retro-modern tech vibe of its Ioniq 5 stablemate with dual screens, and it will be offered with the latest version of Hyundai’s infotainment and safety tech.

Expect two-tone and contrasting colours throughout the cabin, and smart use of space, especially in the rear where there will be no protruding transmission tunnel.

The Prophecy concept has a distinctly Porsche vibe at the rear. The Prophecy concept has a distinctly Porsche vibe at the rear.

Design

There’s been a lot of talk about the Ioniq 6’s design, because we’ve already been given a preview. The Hyundai Prophecy concept from 2020 will form the basis of the Ioniq 6’s design, albeit with some features smoothed out for production.

The sleek concept has a distinctly Porsche flavour at the rear, with a boot that slopes dramatically downward, topped by a rear wing.

Hyundai design boss SangYup Lee has said that the Prophecy is inspired by the 1930s streamlined era and that is clear in its execution.

Despite the non-traditional sedan body style, the design chief said it will still have plenty of space inside, likely helped by that expected lengthy wheelbase.

While we wait for the production model to be revealed, our colleagues at NYMammoth have produced a new rendering based on the Prophecy concept that shows what the production model could look like. Either way, it’s unlikely to look like any other EV on the road when it is eventually revealed.

The production Ioniq 6 won't mirror the futuristic interior of the Prophecy concept. The production Ioniq 6 won't mirror the futuristic interior of the Prophecy concept.

Pricing

Hyundai could follow the strategy it has employed for its medium internal combustion engine sedan, the Sonata, which is to offer just one highly specified variant. But as we have discovered, EV buyers are clearly happy with a sedan, given the Tesla Model 3 is one of the top-selling passenger cars in Australia so far this year.

That means it makes more sense for Hyundai Australia to offer a number of variants and at least attempt to compete on price with the Model 3.

Pricing for the Tesla ranges from $63,900 before on-road costs for the Standard Range rear-wheel drive, and tops out at $84,900 for the dual-motor Performance AWD.

If it does line up with the Tesla - and the Polestar 2 which starts from the same price as the Model 3 - it would undercut its SUV stablemate, the Ioniq 5, which is priced from $71,900.

Depending on how BYD prices its upcoming Seal, the Ioniq 6 could be one of the more affordable electric sedans in Australia.

Timing

It’s a big year for Hyundai Group and EVs in Australia, with electric versions of the Genesis G80 sedan and GV70 SUV landing before the end of the year, as well as the GV60 SUV.

Wearing Hyundai badges, the Ioniq 6 is also expected to land in Australian showrooms by the end of this year.