Hyundai Motor’s newest electric vehicle is a sedan with a uniquely sparkling design.
The South Korean automaker unveiled the Ioniq 6 on Wednesday night as “electrified aerodynamics,” a nod to its aerodynamic design that Americans may be more familiar with from an Airstream trailer design. This is a major change in styling from the popular Ioniq 5 EV, which went on sale at the end of this year.
Hyundai currently sells the second-largest number of electric vehicles in the United States behind Tesla.
“Each Ioniq vehicle will have a different design character…we all want our designers to always be in touch with customers on an emotional level,” said SangYup Lee, executive vice president and chief design officer of Hyundai, during of a virtual media event.
Hyundai is expected to start production of the car at a plant in South Korea during the third quarter. It is expected to be released in the United States in the first quarter of next year.
Pricing for the vehicle has not been announced.
Hyundai expects the car to reach 610 kilometers (380 miles) of range on a single charge, based on global standards. However, these testing standards differ from those in the United States, which means that the American range will likely be different.
The vehicle’s interior includes two 12-inch screens for driver information and entertainment.
The Ioniq 6 will be the third all-electric vehicle in the U.S. under the Hyundai brand, following the Kona and Ioniq 5 crossovers. The South Korean automaker also owns Kia, but the brands operate independently in the U.S.
Industry research firm LMC Automotive expects Hyundai, including Kia and its luxury brand Genesis, to sell the second-most electric vehicles in the United States this year, behind only Tesla, which delivered more than 936,000 electric vehicles worldwide last year (the company does not break deliveries by region).
In the first six months of the year, Automotive News reports, the Hyundai, Kia and Genesis brands sold 34,518 electric vehicles combined in the United States – behind Tesla’s sales, according to the report, but ahead of the 22,979 sales electric vehicles from Ford Motor.