Hyundai Ioniq 6 Malaysia: Cheapest EV with over 600km range on a single charge – SoyaCincau

One year after the company launched the first Ioniq EV in Malaysia, Hyundai Sime Darby Motor (HSDM) has officially added a new model to its line-up with the Ioniq 6. The new model is the third all-electric offering from HSDM after the Kona Electric and Ioniq 5.

As you can tell from the pictures, the Ioniq 6 looks very different from the previous Hyundai EV release as it is a sedan rather than an SUV. Not only that, the new EV also comes with a sporty silhouette that is done not just for looks but to allow the Ioniq 6 to achieve a drag coefficient of 0.21.

Ioniq 6 Malaysia pricing, variants, warranty

HSDM has brought two of the three main configurations for the Ioniq 6 to Malaysia. One of them is the Ioniq 6 Max RWD with an OTR price tag of RM289,888 excluding insurance.

The other option available to customers in Malaysia is the Ioniq 6 Max AWD priced at RM319,888. In terms of color options, the EV can be had with either Abyss Black Pearl, Nocturne Gray Matte, and Biophillic Blue Pearl which also includes a bottom cladding in Medium Silver Metallic.

There is also Dive Blue Solid and Gravity Gold Matte featuring Black Metallic bottom cladding. In terms of interior, all Ioniq 6 for Malaysia come in black leather.

All Ioniq 6s in Malaysia come with a standard 8-year/160,000km warranty for the battery while the vehicle itself comes with a standard 2-year/50,000km warranty. Customers can opt for the extended warranty package which increases the warranty period to 5 years/100,000km for RM10,000 and includes 3 years/50,000km of free service.

As part of the launch, HSDM is now offering a free 1-year subscription to Shell Recharge Gold for the first 30 Ioniq 6 owners. This membership enables them to get discounts on confirmation and charging charges when they use Shell Recharge chargers across Malaysia with a power output as high as 180kW.

Currently, the Ioniq 6 series is the cheapest EV that can deliver more than 600km range in Malaysia. The closest you can get after Hyundai’s offering is the Mercedes EQE350+ with a WLTP range of up to 669km but at a higher price of RM419,888.

Performance, range, battery, charging time

Equipped with a 77.4kWh battery pack, the Ioniq 6 Max RWD variant offers a WLTP range of 614km. The EV comes with a 168kW (228hp) electric motor with 350Nm of torque to deliver a 0-100km/h sprint timing of 7.4 seconds.

On the other hand, the performance-oriented Ioniq 6 Max AWD variant features a dual-motor setup that can deliver a total output of 239kW (325hp) and 605Nm of torque. This model is also capable of going from 0 to 100km/h in 5.1 seconds.

The Max AWD option has the same battery capacity as its Max RWD counterpart at 77.4kWh although its WLTP range is slightly shorter at 583km. Despite their battery capacity, power output and torque, all three variants of the Ioniq 6 have a similar top speed of 185km/h.

Apart from the range and performance, another major highlight of the Ioniq 6 is its ability to charge. With the help of its 800V architecture, the EV only takes 18 minutes to charge the Ioniq 6 from 10% to 80% when using a 350kW DC fast charger.

That said, the maximum DC power that the Ioniq 6 can accept is roughly about 230kW and it takes about an hour of charging time to achieve the same state of charge when using a more common 50KW DC charger. As for AC charging, the Ioniq 6 has an onboard 11kW AC charger.

The Ioniq 6 also features vehicle-to-load (V2L) capability with a maximum output of 3.6kW. There’s even a power socket located under the rear passenger seat for added convenience.

Retrofuturistic design is here to stay

Hyundai calls the Ioniq 6 an “Electrified Streamliner” for a good reason. As mentioned earlier, the sleek coupe-like design complete with flush door handles is done in the name of aerodynamics which also helps make the EV more efficient.

As mentioned earlier, the Ioniq 6 has a drag coefficient of just 0.21. In fact, the Korean manufacturer claims that the new EV is the most aerodynamic vehicle it has ever created.

Hyundai has also implemented striking retrofuturistic design elements for the Ioniq 6 in several EV areas. Among the most noticeable are the Parametric Pixel front and rear lights as well as the aero wheels.

The advantage of AWD

Apart from having more firepower, the Ioniq 6 Max AWD has a few other features that differentiate it from the RWD variant. For example, it comes with 20-inch performance alloy wheels that also have a completely different design than the 18-inch aero wheels on the RWD version.

Furthermore, the Ioniq 6 Max AWD is equipped with a sunroof. Apart from these additional features, it is really hard to tell them apart.

Premium, user-centric interior

The Ioniq 6 also features two side-by-side displays that include a 12.3-inch instrument cluster along with another 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen. The in-car audio experience is delivered by an 8-speaker sound system from Bose.

As you’d expect, the Ioniq 6 supports Android Auto and Apple Carplay. Unfortunately, support is limited to wired connection via the USB-A port located next to the wireless charger.

Don’t worry, the Ioniq 6 still has four other USB-C ports in case you need to charge your mobile device inside the EV.

Hyundai points out that the EV has a dome-shaped interior and as mentioned earlier, the interior of all Ioniq 6s in Malaysia is wrapped in black leather. That doesn’t mean the interior is stuck with a monotone vibe all the time as users can activate the dual-colour ambient mood lights.

Sporty and safe

Even though it looks sporty, safety is still important in the Ioniq 6 and as a modern high-end EV, the new model certainly has many features to protect the driver as well as the passengers. For starters, there are seven airbags throughout the Ioniq 6 including one in the middle to prevent the driver from sustaining head injuries through collisions with passengers.

The Hyundai SmartSense suite of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) provides many great features such as Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Forward Collision-Assist 2 (FCA 2), Blindspot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA), and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA). Apart from that, there is also Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go capability alongside the Surround View Monitor.

Not to be forgotten, the SmartSense suite also comes with Remote Smart Parking Assist 2 (RSPA 2) which is designed to help owners comfortably park the Ioniq 6. By using its remote control, they can move it forward and backward while the feature can be used in different parking setups including vertical, parallel, and diagonal.

It should also be noted that all variants of the Ioniq 6 in Malaysia come with a standard head-up display. In addition to that, there is also an Intelligent Front-lighting System (IFS) that will automatically adjust the vehicle’s headlights to prevent them from blinding other drivers.

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