The Clear Antenna on the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 Was Inspired by the Apple iMac
Since joining Hyundai from Bentley in 2016, SangYup Lee has overseen a stunning design rebirth at the Korean carmaker. Lee’s designs are unique and eye-catching, but yet nostalgic, from the new Sonata to the Tucson, and notably the beautiful N Vision 74 Concept. (The N Vision 74, in particular, seems to be the future we were promised in the 1980s.)
Lee informed our own Chris Tsui at the 2022 Los Angeles Auto Show that the transparent wireless antennas on top of the Ioniq 6 are inspired by a 1990s icon that virtually all of us can recall: Apple’s translucent iMac.
Most of us have either used a Bondi Blue or Graphite Gray iMac at home or at school—or both. The 2023 Ioniq 6, which was unveiled this week, has a 340-mile range and up to 320 horsepower from a dual-motor configuration. A single motor, rear-drive variant with 149 horsepower and a 55-kW battery will be available. The Ioniq 6 also has an 800-volt design that can enable charging up to 350 kW, allowing it to recharge the batteries from 10% to 80% in less than 20 minutes.
Hyundai claims the Ioniq 6 will be on sale in spring, but no price has been announced. It’s unclear which types will be released first—large battery, small battery, rear-drive, or all-wheel drive—but the wireless antennas are certain.