Hyundai powers ahead

for electric age

Hyundai N Vision 74 and RN22e concepts, 2022, action
Hyundai RN22e concept, 2022, front
Hyundai RN22e concept, 2022, track, action
Hyundai RN22e concept, 2022, side
Hyundai RN22e concept, 2022, rear, action
Hyundai RN22e concept, 2022, rear
Hyundai N Vision 74 concept, 2022, front
Hyundai N Vision 74 concept, 2022, nose
Hyundai N Vision 74 concept, 2022, side
Hyundai N Vision 74 concept, 2022, rear
Hyundai Ioniq 6, 2022, front
Hyundai Ioniq 6, 2022, nose
Hyundai Ioniq 6, 2022, front
Hyundai Ioniq 6, 2022, side
Hyundai Ioniq 6, 2022, side
Hyundai Ioniq 6, 2022, rear
Hyundai Ioniq 6, 2022, headlight
Hyundai Ioniq 6, 2022, interior
Hyundai Ioniq 6, 2022, door camera display screen
Hyundai Ioniq 6, 2022, door camera
Hyundai Ioniq 6, 2022, dashboard
Hyundai Ioniq 6, 2022, centre console
Hyundai Ioniq 6, 2022, rear seats
Hyundai Ioniq 6, 2022, motor
Hyundai Ioniq 6, 2022, frunk
Hyundai Ioniq 6, 2022, frunk
Hyundai Ioniq 6, 2022, boot

HIGH performance emission free motoring is coming from Hyundai as the car maker gears up to launch its next generation of electric vehicles.

First will be the Ioniq 6, a sleek looking coupe cum saloon which will rival the likes of BMW's i4 and the Tesla Model 3 and an Ioniq N version which will have blistering performance from a 585hp powertrain with a 0 to 60 time in the region of 3.5 seconds.

Due for release in 2023 both vehicles usher in a new phase in electric car development for the Korean brand and they will be available with a 77kWh battery pack giving a range of up to 379 miles.

We have just been given previews of the Ioniq 6 and two ‘rolling lab' concept models Hyundai is developing which pave the way for cars of the future.

The RN22e concept has the same streamlined looks as the Ioniq 6 and could well become an N model in its own right while the N Vision 74 is a hydrogen fuel cell hybrid.

"RN22e and N Vision 74 play an important role in the strategic development of our entire line up, especially our electrified, high performance vehicles," said Thomas Schemera, head of Hyundai's customer experience division.

"Rolling labs represent the continuous development of our most advanced technologies. This unique approach makes us ready for the challenges of the future by empowering us to push ourselves to the limit."

The Ioniq 6 measures some 4,855mm in length making it more than 200mm longer than the Ioniq 5 and has a good-sized boot.

Although not quite as generous as the 588 litres of space available in the Ioniq 5, both come with ‘frunks' under the bonnet offering more room.

Inside, the cockpit of the Ioniq 6 is almost identical to that of the high tech 5 and top specification models will come with cameras instead of conventional mirrors while interior space front and rear is generous for a car with such sleek lines.

Full performance data is still to be confirmed but recharging to 80 per cent capacity is likely to be capable in less than 20 minutes from fast chargers.

Pricing is also still to be confirmed but can be expected to start in the region of around £50,000.

The RN22e concept is based on the Ioniq 6 body shape but sits on Hyundai's Electric-Global Modular Platform which forms the foundation for its future electric vehicles.

As a concept model Hyundai says it offers racetrack-ready performance and comes with the N brand's ‘corner rascal' handling characteristics.

The RN22e elevates the corner carving feel with heavier weight and torque vectoring by twin clutch.

With all-wheel-drive to optimise torque distribution drivers can choose what setting they require on either the front or rear wheels.

To enhance the RN22e's racetrack capability, the N team focused on cooling and braking to improve endurance and will study how to deliver dynamic movement with regenerative-braking that precisely controls yaw and corner attack.

As Hyundai N develops and verifies the state-of-the-art technologies in the concept for transfer to production models, the RN22e plays an important role as the rolling lab for upcoming EV N models.

The N engineers are developing new features, such as the emotional driving experience for electrified models.

The RN22e provides N Sound+, which generates sound from the interior and exterior speakers, for a dynamic driving feel.

In addition, N e-shift transmission system integrates the vibration and shifting feel with N Sound+. As it is a rolling lab, where Hyundai N continuously develops advanced technologies, these emotional driving experiences will be further developed in various types via the RN22e, so that drivers can select their own fun.

The concept is larger than the Ioniq 6 and measures some 4,915 mm long, 2,023 mm wide and 1,479 mm tall on a 2,950 mm wheelbase and is fitted with a motor that develops 576bhp giving a top speed of around 155mph.

The N Vision 74 meanwhile makes use of an advanced hydrogen fuel cell and a battery-electric powertrain for propulsion.

Its motor develops a hefty 670hp giving similar performance to the RN22e but has a range of around 375 miles and a refuelling time of just five minutes.

Hyundai says the two concepts will be tested to maximise not only racetrack capability but also everyday sports car driving to ensure its N cars remain as much fun to drive in the electric era as the current combustion-engined models.

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