Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) has officially launched the show-stopping Hyundai IONIQ 6 in Malaysia. Holder of three prestigious global awards, which is the 2023 World Car of the Year, 2023 World Electric Vehicle of the Year and 2023 World Car Design of the Year, the streamlined all-electric sedan is Hyundai’s second IONIQ model and also its second recipient of the three aforementioned World Car Awards after the IONIQ 5 in 2022.
Two variants of the Hyundai IONIQ 6 are offered in Malaysia which is Max RWD and Max AWD which are essentially single- and dual-motor versions respectively.
With its slippery design which incidentally follows the same cues as the all new 2024 Hyundai Sonata, this latest Hyundai electric car
Both are powered by a high-capacity 77.4 kW lithium-ion polymer battery, yielding impressive WLTP ranges of 614 km (Max RWD) and 519 km (Max AWD). With an electric motor on each axle, the Max AWD possesses a total of 239 kW of power and 605 Nm of torque, sprinting it to 100 km/h from rest in just 5.1 seconds.
Retrofuturism comes courtesy of its Parametric Pixel lighting which is an IONIQ trademark present in numerous places including the head and tail lamps, rear spoiler-mounted third brake lamp and even the steering wheel.
Meanwhile, the ‘mindful cocoon’ interior features two seamlessly connected 12.3-inch screens, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, wireless phone charging, eco-friendly materials and multi-colour ambient lighting, amongst others.
In terms of safety, the five-star Euro NCAP-rated IONIQ 6 features seven airbags (including a front-centre airbag) and a comprehensive Hyundai SmartSense suite of active safety systems as standard.
The suite includes Remote Smart Parking Assist, which lets the driver remotely manoeuvre the car forwards and backwards – handy for getting into and out of tight parking spaces as well as making small parking adjustments.
An innovative feature of the IONIQ 6 is Vehicle-to-Load (V2L), which turns the car into a mobile power-bank. Via two electrical outlets (one inside and one outside), the IONIQ 6 can charge and power a variety of devices and appliances, from laptops and TVs to camping equipment and electric bikes. It could even be used to rescue a stranded EV.
Surprisingly, the IONIQ 6 is priced, on-the-road before insurance, at RM289,888 for the Max RWD variant and RM319,888 for the Max AWD variant, inclusive of an eight-year/160,000 km battery warranty.
Prior to this launch, the guesstimate pricing for this latest Hyundai EV was between RM320k and RM350k based on current dollar exchange rate and logistic costs.
For an additional RM10,000, the standard vehicle warranty is upgradable to five years/100,000 km, and attached to this is three years/50,000 km of free service. Plus, the first 30 owners will receive a free one-year Shell Recharge Gold membership upon vehicle delivery, allowing them to enjoy attractive charging rates.
Five body colours are available which are Abyss Black Pearl, Nocturne Grey Matte, Biophilic Blue Pearl, Dive Blue Solid and Gravity Gold Matte.