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Hyundai to reveal two performance variants, leaked photos of IONIQ 6 disappoint

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The automaker Hyundai is getting ready to unveil two new performance variants during the world premier of the its new fully electric sedan IONIQ 6. As recently teased by the automaker’s Executive VP, the IONIQ 5 and 6 will have a performance variant similar to what the Group recently did with KIA EV6 GT giving the model a 600 horsepower capacity.

During the last days, some photos of the recently unveiled Hyundai IONIQ 6 were leaked on the social media platforms disappointing enthusiasts due to the old design look contrasting with the official images revealed by the brand.

On June 29, Hyundai unveiled the design of its new electric sedan with the premiere scheduled for July 14 at 02:30 (London Time ) called ‘N Day’ unveiling the full specifications and the used technologies.

Recently, the automaker’s Design chief, SangYup Lee teased in an interview with Auto Express that a performance-focused electric model was part of the Hyundai’s plans. It is expected that the 6 N version will use a configuration similar to Kia’s EV6 GT that features a 77.4 kWh battery pack and two electric motors generating 600 horsepower.


In addition, Lee also said: “I can make a great hatchback out of that; a shooting brake. [Ioniq 6] would also make a great performance model”,teasing the arrival of an Ioniq 6 N version. Also the IONIQ 5 model is expected to have a N variant as soon as next year.

Hyundai said the upcoming model reflects its “customer-centric commitment to energy efficiency and environmental responsibility” with a close cooperation between designers and engineers.

“IONIQ 6 connects an emotional convergence of functionality with aesthetics,” said SangYup Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of Hyundai Design Center. “The distinctive streamlined design is the result of close cooperation between engineers and designers, with obsessive attention to detail and customer-centric values at the core. We have created the IONIQ 6 as a mindful cocoon that offers personalized place for all.”


The user-centric interior architecture is exemplified by an ergonomically designed control unit that is centrally located to reduce distraction and spur safe, intuitive driving. The modular touchscreen dashboard integrates a 12-inch full-touch infotainment display and 12-inch digital cluster. A bridgetype center console provides convenient and generous in-car storage. 

Recently, Tesla‘s CEO Elon Musk commented in a tweet saying the South Korean automaker Hyundai is “doing pretty well” having 9% of the EV market share in the U.S. during the first quarter of 2022. The pie chart shows Tesla’s leadership in the first quarter with an EV market share of 75.8% followed by Hyundai with 9% and the German automaker Volkswagen with 4.6%.

Earlier this year, Hyundai Motor Group announced that will invest more than $10 billion in the United States by 2025 to accelerate innovation and mobility electrification, after the meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden in Seoul,

The new facility will break ground in early 2023 and is expected to begin commercial production in the first half of 2025 with an annual capacity of 300,000 units. The Group’s U.S. investment decision will support its goal of becoming a leader in electric mobility in the U.S. market, Hyundai said.

Written by Cláudio Afonso | | LinkedIn | Twitter