Hyundai Sime Darby Motors launched its third electric vehicle (EV) in Malaysia – the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6. Available in two variants – the Hyundai Ioniq Max RWD and Ioniq 6 Max AWD, prices start from RM289,888 and top out at RM319,888.
Dubbed the “Electried Streamliner”, the Hyundai Ioniq 6 features a sports car-like design, with cool features such as the Parametric Pixel LED projection headlamps, which are made out of more than 700 individual lighting elements, the Parametric Pixel LED rear combination lights, digital side-view cameras, flush door handles, as well as 18-inch ‘Aero’ alloy wheels. Only the top-spec Hyundai Ioniq 6 Max AWD gets a sunroof and larger 20-inch ‘Performance’ alloy wheels.
The 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 shares the same Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) as the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6, and is underpinned by a set of Macpherson Struts at the front and Multi-Link at the back.
Powering the Ioniq 6 Max RWD in Malaysia is a rear electric motor, which feeds 225 hp and 350 Nm to the rear wheels. This translates into a 0-100 km/h time of 7.4 seconds, and a top speed of 185 km/h.
The top-of-the-line Ioniq 6 Max AWD is powered by a dual motor setup which sends 320 hp and 605 Nm to all four wheels. The century time can be done in under 5.1 seconds, and the top speed is also rated at 185 km/h.
Thanks to a 77.4 kWh battery, the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 Max RWD can carry you as far as 614 km (WLTP), which is much longer than the Tesla Model Y Long Range’s maximum range of 533 km (WLTP). The Ioniq 6 Max AWD’s maximum range on the other hand is rated at 519 km (WLTP).
When the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 runs out of juice, it can be charged at a maximum rate of 350 kW DC fast charging, which juices the car up from 10% to 80% in 18 minutes. When connected to a 50 kW DC charger, this takes 73 minutes. The Ioniq 6 can also support 11 kW of AC charging, which will take the car 7.1 hours to be charged from flat to full.
Moving inside the Malaysian-spec 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6, you get a modern yet minimalistic-looking interior, just like its sibling, the Ioniq 5. All variants of the Ioniq 6 get features such as the twin 12-inch panoramic display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, electrically powered driver and front passenger seats with lumbar support, a head-up display, automatic dual-zone air conditioning, and a Bose 8-speaker sound system.
Also included with the Hyundai Ioniq 6 is a 64-colour ambient lighting system, electronic chromic mirror, one USB-A and four USB-C ports, as well as an Electric-Active Sound Design (e-ASD) system, which emits an “optimum, spaceship-like sound” in the cabin that changes according to the car’s driving status.
Safety-wise, the “Electrified Streamliner” in Malaysia is equipped with Hyundai’s SmartSense suite of advanced driver assistance systems. This includes blind-spot collision-avoidance Assists (BCA), lane-keep assist (LKA), forward-collision-avoidance assist (FCA), smart cruise control (SCC) with Stop&Go function, remote smart parking assist (RSPA), parking collision-avoidance assist (PCA), tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), as well as seven airbags.
Included with the price tag of the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 is a standard 2-year/50,000 km warranty, as well as an 8-year/160,000 km EV battery warranty. Customers can also top up an additional RM10,000 for a 5-year/100,000 km vehicle warranty together with three years/50,000 km of free service. The first 30 owners will also receive a free one-year Shell Recharge Gold membership upon vehicle delivery.