Hyundai IONIQ is the first car ever to gets 3 electric powertrain options in a single body. With uniqueness being the hallmark of this model, Hyundai’ ‘ION’ comes from the name of an electrically charged atom while ‘Q’ depicts visual breakthrough thus spelling IONIQ as a new approach to the vehicle. The sole image of Hyundai IONIQ depicts a saloon shape and sharp shoulder line besides a coupe like roofline at the rear.
To be offered in Plug-In, EV and Hybrid versions, Hyundai IONIQ is built on a brand new platform so as to accommodate all these engine options, all of which are fuel efficient and offer lower auto emissions.
The hybrid engine uses the gasoline burner and motion of the vehicle to charge its battery. Promising sporty handling and efficient propulsion, Hyundai IONIQ once launched will compete against hybrids such as the Toyota Prius, Chevrolet Volt, and Nissan Leaf.
Hyundai’s hybrid project goes back to 2009 when the company showcased the Blue Will concept car while in 2012 released details on a concept that had a small petrol engine range extender driving its rear wheels along with an electric motor. The Blue Will concept car featured a 1.6 liter petrol engine and a 134 bhp electric motor.
Hyundai recently celebrated sales of 1 million cars in the UK where in Hyundai UK boss Tony Whitehorn spoke of low emission vehicles soon becoming an integral part of the company future growth with plans to introduce 22 such vehicles by the year 2020.