After the release of several teasers, Hyundai finally unveiled the final design of its IONIQ, which will be offered with 3 electric powertrain options, and revealed the details of hybrid version. The vehicle will be available in all-electric (BEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and conventional hybrid without a plug (HEV). We will have to wait for more information about the BEV and PHEV version.
Moon-Sik Kwon, Vice Chairman at Hyundai Motor R&D Center, said at the launch that the IONIQ is only the first of many more “eco-friendly” models coming:
“The launching event announced the start of new future mobility and our will for technological innovation to the world. Hyundai Motor will spearhead efforts to become the global number two in the green car market by introducing over 22 models in the eco-friendly car line-up by 2020,”
In a press release, Hyundai says the IONIQ Hybrid is equipped with a 1.6 GDI four-cylinder Kappa engine and a 32kW (43.5PS) electric motor, which is fed by an advanced Lithium-Ion polymer battery. The two powertrains have combined maximum output of 103.6kW (141PS) and 27kg.m (265Nm) of torque.
The company published two infographics of the new platform:
Hyundai says that the IONIQ has a drag coefficient of 0.24, which makes it one of the most aerodynamic cars on the market – on the same level as the Tesla Model S.
The car features some semi-autonomous and driver assist technologies like Autonomous Emergency Brake, Lane Keeping Assist System / Lane Departure Warning System, and a Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Also, the vehicle’s infotainment system will have access to both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Hyundai is already taking pre-orders in Korea, where the vehicle will enter production later in 2016. We expects more information about the BEV and PHEV versions of the IONIQ any day now.