Hyundai Ioniq Preview
Earlier this year at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, Hyundai made the big leap into ‘green cars’ by showcasing the Ioniq. Although globally, Hyundai has brought it in with three powertrain options – hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric, which of these configurations will be introduced in our market is not confirmed as yet.
Powering the Ioniq hybrid is a newly developed 1.6 GDI 4-cylinder Kappa petrol engine in conjunction with an electric motor that produces a horsepower equivalent of 43bhp. Combined, the system develops a maximum output of 140bhp and 265Nm of torque. Sending power to the wheels is a new six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The plug-in on the other hand gets an estimated all electric range of 50km courtesy an 8.9kWh lithium ion battery that produces power equivalent of 60bhp. The plug-in hybrid too comes coupled with a 1.6-litre petrol powerplant. The fully electric Ioniq gets a 28kWh lithium ion battery that gives it an estimated range of about 250km. the power produced from this electric motor is equivalent to 118bhp and 295Nm.
The Ioniq features a coupe-like silhouette, mainly to reduce air drag. It has a drag coefficient of 0.24 Cd, which makes it one of the most aerodynamic cars on sale. Other design highlights include the hexagonal front grille that is starting to become Hyundai’s signature, LED Daytime Running Lamps and 16-inch alloy wheels. Inside, it will have a high resolution 7-inch TFT information cluster along with a number of other digital gauges. It also has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
When launched in India in 2017, the Hyundai Ioniq will be sold as a CBU. It will be competing with the Toyota Prius. Expect it to carry a price tag of around Rs 30 lakh – Rs 35 lakh after the government’s subsidies for green cars.