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Hyundai IONIQ range revealed

The Hyundai IONIQ range has been revealed ahead of its debut at the Geneva Motor Show next week.

THE HYUNDAI IONIQ has been revealed with the Geneva Motor Show set for the global debut. The IONIQ, according to Hyundai, is the “world’s first model offering three electrified powertrains”.

Jochen Sengpiehl, Vice President Marketing at Hyundai Motor Europe, said: “IONIQ is an important step forward for our brand.  We are bringing a unique new approach to e-mobility, with no compromise on design, driving pleasure and connectivity. And we’re making it accessible to more customers, further extending our product line-up.”

The IONIQ Hybrid and IONIQ Plug-in hybrid both feature the Korean car maker’s new Kappa 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine boasting 147Nm of torque. The “engine has been tailored to the hybrid application” whatever that means and is mated a six-speed dual clutch transmission.

The IONIQ Hybrid’s electric motor delivers 32kW with maximum torque of 170Nm, powered by a lithium-ion polymer battery with 1.56kWh capacity positioned under the rear seats. In combination with the 1.6-litre GDI engine IONIQ Hybrid offers a system output of 103.6kW and up to 265Nm of torque accelerating to a top speed of up to 185km/h with targeted CO2 emissions of 79g/km (combined). According to Hyundai, the IONIQ Plug-in will allow owners to travel around 50 kilometres on electric power only.

The IONIQ Electric offers electric-only driving up to 250km. The torque of 295Nm is available from start-up delivered by the electric motor with maximum output of 88kW through a single-speed reducer transmission accelerating the car up to 165km/h.

IONIQ will feature a safety package including Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist System, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Smart Cruise Control.

All versions feature the “sleek aerodynamic silhouette with a class-leading Cd value of 0.24. A fluid exterior shape and natural air flow channels emphasize the aerodynamic body lines and volumes”.

Thomas A. Schmid, Chief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Europe, said: “With our pioneering ix35 Fuel Cell electric vehicle and several hybrid and plug-in hybrid models sold around the world, Hyundai Motor already has a proven capability in electrified powertrains. Now, with the launch of our first dedicated model, we are taking the lead as the only car manufacturer with hybrid, electric, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell vehicles in production.”

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7 years ago

Oh god, why oh why are these hybrids so disgustingly ugly. What sort of drugs are these clowns smoking when they design these cars. How could the board sign off on that crap. Also it looks nothing like the original teaser.

At least it has a real gearbox and not one of those vile CVT shitboxes.

Isaac Bober

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