Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) has expanded the Ioniq 6 range here in Malaysia with two new entry-level variants to the Ioniq 6. The new Lite RWD and Plus RWD variants will join the Max RWD and Max AWD that debuted in July earlier this year, for four variants in total.
Pricing for the new Hyundai Ioniq 6 range now starts at RM219,888 (on-the-road, without insurance) for the Lite RWD, while the Plus RWD raises the sticker price up to RM249,888. The previously-launched Max RWD and Max AWD variants meanwhile are priced at RM289,888 and RM319,888 respectively.
The new Ioniq 6 Lite RWD and Plus RWD are both powered by the same single-motor powertrain, placed on the rear axle to make 111 kW (151 hp) and 350 Nm of torque – the latter identical to the Max RWD. In performance terms, that translates to a century sprint in 8.8 seconds for both variants, onward to a top speed of 185 km/h.
Both variants also pack a smaller 53 kWh battery pack compared to the Max, offering up to 429 km (WLTP) of electric range on a single charge. Thanks to the E-GMP’s 800V electric architecture, the Ioniq 6 is capable of a DC fast charging rate of up to 350 kW. On the smaller battery, this means it’ll recharge from 10-80% in just 18 minutes.
AC charging is also quicker, taking just 5.5 hours to fully charge with the on-board 11 kW AC charger. The Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) feature is also still available here, enabling owners to power other electrical appliances directly from the car.
In terms of equipment, the Lite and Plus variants share much of the Max RWD’s list, including the Parametric Pixel LED projection headlamps and 18-inch aero alloy wheels on the outside, alongside a largely identical interior headlined by the twin 12.3-inch screens on the dashboard, complemented by the 64-colour ambient lighting, wireless phone charger, and a powered tailgate.
As the cheapest variant in the line-up, the Hyundai Ioniq 6 Lite RWD does miss out on a few more creature comforts – the powered leather front seats are replaced with manual cloth-wrapped items; the surround view monitor is removed for a reverse camera, while the Bose sound system has been downgraded to a standard six speakers set-up.
Both new variants of the Hyundai Ioniq 6 are also equipped with a similar list of advanced driver assist features to their more expensive counterpart, including the Smart Cruise Control system with stop and go functionality, forward collision-avoidance assist, and lane keeping assist.
The cheaper Lite AWD variant does however miss out on the blind-spot collision-avoidance assist, intersection support for the front autonomous emergency braking system, and parking collision-avoidance assist.
Again, the Hyundai Ioniq 6 Lite RWD is priced at RM219,888, while the Ioniq 6 Plus RWD goes for RM249,888. Both prices are on-the-road without insurance, and are inclusive of a two-year/50,000 km vehicle warranty and an eight-year/160,000 km battery warranty.
The vehicle warranty can be upgraded to five years/100,000 km, alongside a three-year/50,000 free service programme for an additional RM10,000. To further sweeten the deal, HSDM is also offering the first 30 owners a complimentary one-year Shell Recharge Gold membership.
Order books for the two new Hyundai Ioniq 6 variants are now open, with deliveries scheduled sometime in the fourth quarter of 2023.