Hyundai's next dedicated electric vehicle has hit the road, flaunting styling derived from the 2020 Prophecy concept car.
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The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 6 electric sedan has been spied testing for the first time, ahead of its global launch in late 2022.

Photos posted by Korean blog The Palisade (via AutoPost) show the first prototype of Hyundai's upcoming large electric sedan testing in its home country – and despite heavy camouflage over the Ioniq 6's front and rear ends, a visual link to the Prophecy concept of 2020 is clear.

A low, sloping 'bonnet' with LED headlights can be seen through the disguise up front, while pixel LED tail-light clusters similar to the production Ioniq 5 electric SUV are visible – though whether the LED elements on the production car will stretch as far down into the bumper as the concept isn't clear.

The production Ioniq 6's arching roofline draws similarities with the classic-inspired Prophecy show car – likely with flush door handles sitting below – though the prototype's aero-focused alloy wheels look far more showroom-ready than the concept's supersized six-spoke rolling stock.

The images don't allow a clear look into the electric sedan's cabin, though the prototype spied here does appear to feature a pair of front seats taken from its twin under the skin, the Kia EV6 – though it's unlikely they would be carried into production, with the Ioniq 5's reclining front pews a more likely bet.

Expect a similar dashboard design to the related Ioniq 5, with two 12.3-inch displays covering instrument and infotainment duties.

Under the shapely sheetmetal will sit the Hyundai and Kia group's E-GMP modular electric platform, shared with the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6 and upcoming Genesis GV60 small- to mid-size SUVs, along with the full-size Hyundai Ioniq 7 SUV due in 2024.

Specifications reportedly confirmed by Hyundai to US media outlets suggest two Ioniq 6 variants will be offered at launch: a single-motor, rear-wheel-drive model developing 160kW, and a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive flagship producing 230kW.

Both variants are said to share a 73kWh battery pack, enabling a claimed maximum driving range of over 483km.

The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 6 is slated to launch globally in late 2022 – with some rumours suggesting it could come at the expense of the (albeit smaller) petrol-powered Sonata sedan, which could meet an early demise in the wake of slowing Korean sales.

An Australian launch has been confirmed, though local arrival timing has yet to be confirmed.

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Below: 2020's Hyundai Prophecy concept