Entry pricing for Hyundai’s electric sedan has now dropped to $65,500 before on-road costs with the Techniq name disappearing from the lineup
But there is a catch: the cheaper entry model, simply called Ioniq 6, uses a smaller battery as standard, along with a less powerful RWD motor than the old base model…which now becomes the mid-spec car.
While the base model is RWD-only, 2024 will mark the first time Hyundai will allow Aussie Ioniq 6 buyers the choice of RWD or AWD for the higher Dynamiq and Epiq grades.
The base Ioniq 6 grade can be specced with either a 53kWh battery or the long-range 77.4kWh battery that is standard on the higher grades.
These changes have been made possible in part due to better supply. So far in 2023, Hyundai has delivered 468 examples of the Ioniq 6 to Australian buyers. By comparison, Tesla has delivered 15,718 Model 3s in the same period.
Hyundai’s local arm expects good levels of supply for both Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6 models right into 2024. The updated Ioniq 6 is available to purchase now through the Hyundai website.
New to the Ioniq 6 lineup is a new base grade, simply called ‘Ioniq 6’, which uses a smaller 53kWh battery pack and rear-wheel drive to deliver 111kW of power and 350Nm of torque.
This new base grade has a claimed WLTP range of 429km and is now on sale for the lowest price yet for an Ioniq 6 – $65,500 before on-road costs – positioning the model not too far off the Tesla Model 3 rear-drive that currently costs $61,900 before on-road costs.
If range anxiety may be on your mind, the base Ioniq 6 can also be specced with a larger 77.4kWh extended range battery that will allow owners to travel up to 614km (WLTP). It’s priced from $71,500 before on-road costs.
All Ioniq 6s for 2024 now include a battery condition system as standard that can activate in cold climates for improved DC charging. This software can also automatically preheat the battery when a charging destination is set through the onboard satellite navigation.
Cabin heating for the Ioniq 6 will be thanks to a new heat pump that uses wasted heat from other energy sources in the vehicle to warm the cabin.
The remainder of the Ioniq 6 range, including current powertrains for all-wheel drive, remain the same for 2024.
Standard equipment for the Ioniq 6 base grade includes the following:
The Dynamiq adds:
The Epiq grade adds:
All prices listed are before on-road costs.
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