FRANKFURT: Hyundai Motor has unveiled the hybrid version of its new IONIQ – an advanced, alternative-fuel compact vehicle. The IONIQ is the world’s only car available with electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid powertrains.
The IONIQ Hybrid promises class-leading fuel efficiency but also a fun, responsive drive and attractive design – a unique mix not yet achieved by a hybrid vehicle.
The IONIQ Hybrid is equipped with a newly developed, 1.6 GDI four-cylinder Kappa engine and a 32 kW (44 PS) electric motor, which is fed by an advanced Lithium-Ion polymer battery.
The two powertrains have combined maximum output of 104 kW (141 PS) and 265Nm (27 kg.m) of torque. A new six-speed dual-clutch transmission provides responsive performance and a slick gear shift, resulting in an entertaining drive, and good fuel economy.
The IONIQ’s coupe-like silhouette is streamlined to efficiently manage airflow. Combined with active and passive aero features, this helps it achieve an outstanding drag coefficient of just 0.24 Cd, making it one of the most aerodynamic cars on sale.
The IONIQ also offers a host of advanced comfort, convenience, safety and connectivity features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A 7-inch TFT information cluster brings a high-tech appearance to the cockpit, displaying a range of digital gauges in high resolution, including a number of hybrid-specific displays.
Based on an exclusive new platform, the driving performance of the IONIQ is similar to that of a regular compact car, thanks to its responsive hybrid powertrain. Ride and handling as well as noise, vibration and harshness levels are said to be tuned to contribute to a superior ride quality as well as being quiet and comfortable on long journeys.
It comes with a host of future-ready active and passive safety features such as electronic systems like Autonomous Emergency Brake, Lane Keeping Assist System, Lane Departure Warning System, and Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert provide guidance to avoid any accident. Seven airbags including a knee-airbag for the driver, as well as structural body enhancements, enabled by adapting 53% of the body with Advanced High Strength Steel, give the IONIQ’s chassis superior rigidity for responsive handling and enhanced safety.
All three versions of the car will be unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March. The IONIQ Hybrid variant will be the first to come to market in Europe, during the second half of this year.