E-GMP based Ioniq 6 is Hyundai’s next-gen sedan design

The Hyundai Ioniq 6 is taking shape in secrecy with production prototypes yet to hit the road, but that hasn’t kept auto enthusiasts and illustrators from exercising imagination. Consider this particular Hyundai Ioniq 6 rendered by YouTube channel 뉴욕맘모스_NYMAMMOTH, for instance.

The rendered Ioniq 6 has a few changes from the Hyundai Prophecy concept introduced last year. A revised bumper, smaller brand logo, smaller wheels, bigger tyres, traditional mirrors, front-hinged rear doors, and conventional door handles are some of them. The overall design, like that of the concept model, is reminiscent of Porsches.

The Hyundai Ioniq 6, the second member of a new ‘Ioniq’ EV sub-brand, is scheduled to arrive in 2022. As followed in the concept, it would take design inspiration from historical models, and at the same time become a bridge to the future.

Talking to British auto publication Auto Express in April 2020, SangYup Lee, Hyundai Senior Vice President and Head of Hyundai Global Design Center had said the production version of the Prophecy concept will appear after the launch of the Hyundai 45 (which is now the Ioniq 5). It is reported that the production Hyundai Prophecy would replace the Hyundai Ioniq next year.

‘Ioniq’ is not a new brand for the Hyundai Motor Group, rather a sub-brand of Hyundai Motor Company. Ioniq cars (5, 6 & 7) would be sold with a Hyundai badge and through Hyundai dealerships, a brand spokesman has confirmed.

Ioniq 6 to use the E-GMP

E-GMP is Hyundai Motor Group’s next-gen eco-car platform. unlike the current one that underpins the Hyundai Ioniq HEV/PHEV/EV and the Kia Niro HEV/PHEV/EV, it is made solely for EVs. The new platform allows system voltage double that of the old platform – 800 volts. Customers will be able to rapid-charge the battery pack at thrice the speed – 350 kW.

Hyundai Motor Group has confirmed that all E-GMP platform will come with 800-volt charging capability as standard, possible to charge the Hyundai Ioniq 6 using 350 kW rapid chargers. The company says that E-GMP models will boast the world’s first multi-charging system which operates the motor and the inverter to boost 400V to 800V.

To give an idea of the kind of performance parameters E-GMP allows, HMG has said that E-GMP models can accelerate from nought to 100 km/h in under 3.5 seconds and attain a maximum speed of 260 km/h. These specifications would be true of the top-spec Ioniq 6 GT variant.

Unlike the Hyundai Kona EV and Hyundai Ioniq EV, the Ioniq 6 and other E-GMP models would offer bi-directional power conversion function. The dedicated EV platform’s Integrated Charging Control Unit (ICCU) is an upgrade from the old eco-car platform’s On-Board Charger (OBC).

Unlike OBC, which typically allows only single directional flow of electricity from an external power source, ICCU enables vehicle-to-load (V2L) function. Electric machinery (110V/220V) can be operated using the energy stored inside the EV’s battery pack. One can even operate a household air conditioner and a large-screen TV.

Ioniq 6 may offer L3 autonomous driving

Around the time Hyundai launches the Ioniq 6 in its key markets, it would be ready with Level 3 autonomous driving technology. That’s at least what the company’s technical roadmap for its autonomous driving technologies suggests.

Hyundai Autonomous Driving Technical Roadmap possibly applicable for Hyundai Ioniq 6
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 may offer Level 3 autonomous driving. Image Source: Hyundai

The Ioniq 6 could be among the first Hyundai models to be capable of Level 3 autonomous driving with a new version of the company’s Highway Driving Pilot. Hyundai says that the vehicle can handle all “safety-critical functions” under certain traffic or environmental conditions. The presence of a driver is necessary, as driver intervention may be required in some situations. The Ioniq 6 should at offer hands-free automated driving on highways initially.

On the Prophecy Concept

Back to the concept, Lee added that the Prophecy is inspired from the 1930s era. He said the EV’s skateboard platform will have short overhang with the cowl pushed forward to maximize the cabin space and the Prophecy will not be a traditional sedan but a futuristic one.

Hyundai unveiled the Prophecy electric vehicle concept in March. The car was supposed to be shown at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show but as the event was cancelled, it unveiled the car digitally to preview the next chapter of the ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design language.

Hyundai Prophecy interior (preview of the Ioniq 6)
Hyundai says 90% of the functions of the car can be controlled through the buttons on the joysticks (which replaces the traditional steering wheel), so there is no need for the driver to take hands off the joysticks. This ergonomic setup is referred to by Hyundai as the Intuitive Human Interface which gives two advantages – improving passenger safety and visual freedom.

The Prophecy’s proportions are inspired by aerodynamic design and Hyundai is calling this the Ultimate Automotive Form, built on the E-GMP with its extended wheelbase and short overhangs, featuring a boat-tail line. Since the Prophecy supports autonomous driving technology, you will not find a steering wheel but two joysticks to control the direction. The car also has a ‘Relax mode’ where the dashboard swivels down and a pillar-to-pillar display comes alive to be enjoyed by the passengers.

Summary of Luc Donckerwolke’s comments on the Hyundai Prophecy Concept

  • Inspired by the streamlined vehicles of 1920’s and 1930’s.
  • The propeller type wheel is also functional as it extracts the hot air from the brakes.
  • The folding roof – sleek shape had to be complemented by a spoiler in order to get the right aerodynamical values for such a sleek vehicle with a low back-end.
  • Notice the contrast between nice fluid forms, but the pixels are there for how digitalized we are in the company and also to contrast with the fluid forms.
  • Notice the tension in the volumes – something we have lost in the last decades of design – the cameras of the glass are aerodynamically integrated.
  • We also gave life to the Hyundai badge – the styling is puristic and silent because we are designing an electric vehicle which does not emit any sound – we want the styling to also reflect this kind of concept.
  • One might wonder why we named it Prophecy – because we don’t do show cars for show business at Hyundai design. When we do a show car, it anticipates the future, so this is the prophecy of the future, something you will see on the streets soon.
  • You will notice the interior is clean, dark and puristic – normally we do show cars which are light inside, in this case, we are inspired by one of the tropical wonders of Korea – Jeju island – its a volcanic island where you see shawls in volcanic ashes – dark which with the blue waves – is what inspired the topographic layering of the flat floor.
  • We substituted the steering wheel with a digital command which are the two joysticks you see inside the vehicle – they help you command the vehicle with precision, also liberate a lot of space, whether you are driving or you are in the ‘Relax’ mode. It gives you access to the panoramic screen behind for entertainment and feedback of the cameras.

On the Prophecy’s Smart Posture Care System (SPCS)

Hyundai is also introducing the new Smart Posture Care System (SPCS) through the Prophecy which is able to suggest the ideal seating position for the driver based on his weight and height characteristics. The system can adjust the steering, head-up display, seat and mirrors to best suit the operator. And when the driver wants to take a break, he can switch to the aforementioned ‘Relax’ mode. This system would be very useful when countries allow higher levels of autonomous driving.

Hyundai hasn’t disclosed details on the dimensions or the specification of the EV, but says the Prophecy is aerodynamically optimized with propeller shapes in the wheel and an integrated spoiler at the rear. Without the usual components that you would associate with IC engine cars, the inside of the car easily fits in four passengers in maximized comfort.  

We have brought to life yet another icon that establishes a new standard for the EV segment as well as pushing Hyundai’s design vision to even broader horizons. A part of that expansion is what we call Optimistic Futurism, a design concept embodied by ‘Prophecy’. With Optimistic Futurism, our aim is to forge an emotional connection between humans and automobiles.

SangYup Lee, Head of Hyundai Global Design Center

Ioniq 6 (Production Hyundai Prophecy) FAQs

What is the Ioniq 6?

The Hyundai Ioniq 6 is the company’s next-generation sedan design, an electric car that will launch in 2022.

What are the main features of the Ioniq 6?

Spacious cabin, highly adjustable seats, wireless connectivity & V2L are known features of Ioniq 6.

What is the range of the Ioniq 6?

The Hyundai Ioniq 6 is expected with a range of about 500 km (WLTP) with 80 per cent charging possible in 18 minutes.

Whether the profile of the Prophecy (and the Ioniq 6 that it foreshadows) reminds one of a Porsche will be up for debate. Expect more details on this page as test prototypes hit the road.