Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) has launched the Hyundai IONIQ 6 battery electric vehicle (BEV) in Malaysia. On offer are 2 variants i.e. Max RWD and Max AWD, and as the name indicates, is a choice of either single motor or dual motor.
Both cars are powered by a high-capacity 77.4 kWh Lithium-ion Polymer battery (LiPo). The LiPo battery is basically similar to Li-ion except it uses a solid polymer electrolyte instead of a liquid, and also has a low self-discharge rate, lower weight and higher capacity.
For the IONIQ 6, the variants are essentially defined for those who choose driving range or performance. The Max RWD has a permanent magnet synchronous electric motor in the rear axle providing 168 kW and 350 Nm and giving a driving range of up to 614 km (WLTP). On the other hand, the Max AWD has a motor on each axle to give 239 kW and 605 Nm, and up to 519 km of range. As such, the 0 – 100 km/h sprint times differ i.e. 7.4 seconds vs 5.1 seconds respectively. However, top speed is capped at 185 km/h for both.
The IONIQ 6 is built with an 800 volt architecture. As the battery pack size is the same for both, they have the same charging times i.e. 7.1 hours via 11 kW AC (alternating current) charging to get from 0 – 100% SoC (state of charge). With DC (direct current) charging, it takes just 18 minutes with a 350 kW charger to go from 10% to 80%, or 73 minutes with a 50 kW DC charger.
The 2 variants are largely similar in features and equipment. Key features are:
- Dual LED projector headlamps with Intelligent Front-Lighting System
- Parametric Pixel LED rear combination lights
- Rear spoiler with integrated brake light
- Rack-mounted motor driven power steering
- Powered front Relaxion seats with lumbar support
- Leather upholstery
- 64-colour ambient lighting
- Dual 12.3″ screens with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- Bose 8-speaker system
- Wireless phone charger
- Dual zone climate control
- Remote start
- Paddle shifters for regenerative braking control
- Head-up display
- Smart powered tailgate
- Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
- Electric Active Sound Design
- USB ports – 1x Type A, 4x Type C
- Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) @ 3.6 kW
- 401 litres rear cargo volume
- 0.21 coefficient of drag
As for the Hyundai SmartSense suite, both variants also receive the same pack with:
- Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist
- Lane Keeping Assist
- Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (car / cyclist / pedestrian detection)
- Forward Collision Avoidance Assist 2
- Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go
- Manual Speed Limit Assist
- Remote Smart Parking Assist
- Parking Collision Avoidance Assist
- Surround View Monitor
The most notable physical differences between the RWD and AWD variants is the wheel size and design i.e. 18″ Aero wheels vs 20″ Performance wheels, and a sunroof for the AWD. Other differences are the smaller front trunk capacity for the AWD i.e. 14.5 litres vs 45 litres, and the gross vehicle weight i.e. 2,410 kg (RWD) and 2,520 kg (AWD).
Likewise, retail price also differs, with the Hyundai IONIQ 6 Max RWD carrying a price tag of RM289,888 and the IONIQ 6 Max AWD priced at RM319,888. The cars will come with an 8-year (or 160,000 km) battery warranty. For an additional RM10,000, you can extend the standard vehicle warranty to 5 years (or 100,000 km whichever comes first) and gain 3 years (or 50,000 km) of free service. Additionally, the first 30 buyers will receive a complimentary 1-year Shell Recharge Gold membership to enjoy attractive charging rates at Shell.
“This is Hyundai’s 3rd EV model in Malaysia and its most advanced one yet, further solidifying Hyundai as an eminent EV brand and one that is committed to advancing cutting-edge, zero-emissions mobility for a new generation of discerning customers,” said Jeffrey Gan, Sime Darby Motors Managing Director of Retail and Distribution for Malaysia. The IONIQ 6 has won numerous awards including 2023 World Car of the Year, 2023 World Electric Vehicle of the Year, and 2023 World Car Design of the Year.
“We are extremely excited to bring the Hyundai IONIQ 6 to Malaysia. Besides setting new standards for Hyundai in terms of technology and efficiency, it looks like nothing else on the road. Its fastback profile and curvaceous shape are the result of extensive wind tunnel testing, such that it achieves a very low 0.21 drag coefficient. Not only is it the most aerodynamic Hyundai ever, it’s one of the world’s most aerodynamic vehicles on sale today,” commented Low Yuan Loong, HSDM Managing Director.
The Hyundai IONIQ 6 comes with 5 colour choices i.e. Abyss Black Pearl, Nocturne Grey Matte, Biophilic Blue Pearl, Dive Blue Solid, and Gravity Gold Matte.