Fuel efficiency and clean energy technologies are two of the main priorities of the modern automotive industry. Almost every car market has joined this race, looking for the most practical, cheaper way to build a car that doesn’t feed on oil. Fortunately, technology and science are on their side, giving them all the necessary tools to achieve what they need.
The contribution from Hyundai to this market is going to be the 2017 Ioniq, which will be offered in all the possible configuration available. That means that we are going to see a petrol engine on board as well, being part of a hybrid layout. This decision from the South Korean car maker could be driven by the massive base of customers and the wide array of personal preferences they could have.
Let’s take a closer look at the feature and what is Hyundai offering us with the 2017 Ioniq.
Drivetrain and Specs Available
When it comes to the engines available, we are getting the single one for both the Hybrid and Plug-in versions, a Kappa direct-injected 1.6 L 4-cylinder powerplant. This compact engine will be capable of producing up to 104 hp and 108 lb-ft. To complete the drivetrain for both Hybrid and Plug-in presentation, Hyundai is adding an electric motor and a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
Between these two presentations already mentioned, we are going to see differences in other different terms than powerplant. The Hybrid version will feature a permanent-magnet synchronous AC motor that will generate 43 hp. It will be feed by a lithium-ion-polymer battery pack with a capacity of 16 kWh. On the other hand, the Plug-in presentation will receive bigger equipment. An electric motor producing 60 hp will be working with an 8.9 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
Finally, we are getting the most interesting version of all, the fully electric one. This presentation of the handsome Ioniq will have only an electric motor generation up to 118 hp, sending all the power through a single-speed transmission. The energy will be stored in a 28 kWh battery with an estimated autonomy of 155 miles. Hyundai is also showing up a 100 kW speed charger that will allow 80 percent of recharge in 24 minutes. Despite this wonder, recharging the Ioniq with an ordinary socket can take you several hours, as you might guess.
Part of its efficiency value comes from the aerodynamic of the body. While we don’t have official weight numbers or even the basic performance ones, we already know that the platform is going to be made of aluminum and high-strength steel. So being lightweight was a priority for the 2017 Ioniq.
Looks and Comfort
The 2017 Ioniq seems attractive and highly modern, aiming to a cutting-edge premise based on its electric technology. But the three versions available will differ physically, mainly in details and minor designing. The front fascia of the fully electric Ioniq, for example, with not have an open grille, because there is no engine radiator that would require an air flow. Also, this same EV version will have different taillights in order to differentiate it from its closer siblings.
Inside, there aren’t major elements to pay attention. Everything seems quite ordinary and common but still remains a beautiful cockpit. While the EV presentation will feature push-buttons to select the gears of the transmission, users in either Hybrid or Plug-in versions will enjoy paddle shifters. Other convenience items will be present as well, as a modern infotainment platform with a 7-inch screen.
The Bottom Line
Hyundai will be using the Ioniq as the spearhead during its battle with the best-selling Prius. Along with this model, the South Korean company has already a solid plan to launch a complete line-up of eco-friendly vehicles before 2020.
Pricing is about to be announced during the upcoming months.