The Hyundai IONIQ, the South Korean automaker’s answer to the popular Toyota Prius, is being showcased at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The sedan is the first vehicle to be offered in regular hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric variants.
Made of advanced high strength steel, the IONIQ is engineered to offer good rigidity and crash protection. Hyundai has used aluminium for non-structural components like hood, tailgate and suspension elements to keep the weight in check (about 12.6 kg of weight saving has been achieved by replacing steel with aluminium at strategic locations).
In its regular hybrid avatar, the IONIQ packs a 1.6-litre Kappa GDi petrol engine which produces 105 PS and 147 Nm of torque. The automaker claims that the mill has the highest thermal efficiency for a production engine at 40%. The permanent magnet electric motor produces 43.5 PS and 170 Nm of torque. Details of other two variants will be unveiled in due course.
Transmission is a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic unit which is specially tuned for the hybrid powertrain. The gearbox has a claimed efficiency of 95.7%. Electricy for the motor comes from a lithium ion polymer battery pack of 28 KWh made by LG. As per the South Korean driving cycle, the car will have a pure electric range of 105 miles (169 km) on a single full charge.
Visually, the Hyundai IONIQ sports an aerodynamic design with short rear overhang, smooth surfaces with equal blend of fresh and familiar elements. The interior settles for a conventional design and layout with all-black color theme and an infotainment system on the centre console.
Hyundai will start bookings for the IONIQ in Europe this summer. Sales in the US is expected to start in August.