Hyundai Ioniq 6 Shooting Brake and hot N model could join line-up
The covers have only just come off the Ioniq 6, but Hyundai’s design boss is already generating buzz around future iterations of the sleek four-door.
Asked whether he and his team had considered a hatch-style liftback for the Ioniq 6 – instead of the conventional saloon tailgate on the production car – chief designer SangYup Lee told Auto Express: “I can make a great hatchback out of that; a shooting brake,” suggesting that a more practical model is on the cards.
Indeed, Hyundai and its sister brand Genesis have form in this part of the market – the Genesis GV70 Shooting Brake was designed specifically for Europe and went on sale in the UK late last year.
Further to this, Lee said: “[Ioniq 6] would also make a great performance model”.
We already know the Ioniq 5 will gain a hot N-badged variant in 2023, but this is the first suggestion that additional electric N cars are in the plan. It’s likely the Ioniq 6 N will use a similar set-up to Kia’s EV6 GT, with a 77.4kWh battery and up to 600bhp. That should allow for 0-62mph in less than four seconds and a top speed of more than 160mph.
Finally, Lee hinted that more impactful design may mean future Hyundais may have a shorter overall lifespan, and that the conventional mid-life facelifts might focus more on substantial over-the-air updates rather than minor tweaks to the lights and bumpers as they do now: “Making a timeless EV makes lifecycle management much easier,” Lee said.
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