The Hyundai IONIQ hybrid car which is set to rival the popular Toyota Prius has been unveiled at the car maker’s Namyang R&D Center in South Korea. The green car is based on a new dedicated platform which is engineered to adopt three highly efficient powertrain configurations – fully electric, plug-in hybrid and regular hybrid.
The IONIQ’s spaceframe chassis is made of Advanced High Strength Steel which is claimed to offer good rigidity and crash protection. Non structural elements such as hood, tailgate and suspension components are made of aluminium to save weight. In fact, about 12.6 kg (45%) of weight saving has been achieved by using aluminium instead of steel at strategic locations.
Only the hybrid powertrain details are released as of now. The IONIQ hybrid is powered by a 105 PS/147 Nm 1.6-litre Kappa GDi petrol engine which is claimed to have the highest thermal efficiency for a production engine at 40%. The IC engine is supported by a 43.5 PS/170 Nm permanent magnet electric motor.
The hybrid powerplant is mated to a specially tuned 6-speed dual clutch automatic transmission which boasts of an efficiency of 95.7%. A lithium ion polymer battery is the source of electricity. Performance, efficiency and range figures are yet to be released.
The Hyundai IONIQ adopts an aerodynamic fastback design whose front fascia is yet to be revealed via official images. Drag reduction alloy wheels, high mounted taillights, glossy black applique on the tailgate and a prominent black insert of the rear bumper are the styling highlights.
The simple yet modern dashboard design adopts all-black color theme with blue accents for the AC vents. The comprehensive multimedia infotainment system on the centre console incorporates hybrid powertrain related functions as well.
The Hyundai IONIQ is expected to greet the show goers at NAIAS (Detroit Auto Show) 2016 which kick starts on January 11.