Though the Geneva Auto Show was dominated by super and hyper cars, there were a number of more sensible automobiles on display. One such model was Hyundai’s latest trio of green cars. Hyundai has released perhaps the car that is going to finally give the poster child of hybrids, the Toyota Prius a run for its “green” cash.
Hyundai becomes the first automaker to offer a vehicle with hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric variants in one body. The model is named the “ 2017 Hyundai Ioniq ”. It is based on a dedicated platform designed to offer a variety of alternative powertrains as well as be lightweight and provide fun when driving. This was achieved through excessive use of high-strength steel and aluminum which is complemented by a multi-link suspension at the rear.
The vehicle is currently on display at the Geneva Auto Show. It will be introduced in the US during the New York Auto Show later in the year.
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Exterior
The vehicle looks simple but elegant far from the fussy look Toyota used on the Prius. On closer examination, you will discover that Hyundai has cleverly mixed design cues of the Prius and the Honda Insight to come up with a unique design of their own.
The design minimizes wind resistance and improves its aerodynamics. The model posts a very low coefficient of drag at 0.24 making the model one of the most aerodynamic cars on the market. Generally, its size is similar to that of the Prius but it adds short overhangs and hatchback shape on the rear. It also features high rear fenders.
The Ioniq features a conventional front fascia similar to other Hyundai cars. Its other features include a chrome lower window trim and black insert and two-tone 15-inch or 17-inch alloy wheels. The model will be offered in a number of trims which is better than settling for a unitary look across the lineup like the Prius. It will be offered in 9 exterior colors.
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Interior
Sliding inside the Ioniq cabin, you will find a smooth, elegant and clean cabin. The seats are heated with a memory function for the driver’s seat. Rear seats have a split folding capacity.
The cabin is offered in Lava Stone and Afternoon Breeze interior color choices. It features a 7.0-inch touch-screen display and offers easy access to its infotainment system. The infotainment system integrates Apple CarPlay and AndroidAuto which allow for Smartphone integration and wireless charging.
The cabin also features wireless inductive charging for mobile phones. It features a thin-film instrument cluster which displays its gauges and information on battery, fuel economy, speed and other information.
The interior also features a sophisticated dual-zone climate control system which can be adjusted to save energy. The vehicle also features Hyundai’s Eco-Driving Assistant System which helps check current traffic levels and assesses driving routes set on the navigation system on the go. It also enables for efficient battery charging based on the road conditions and promotes efficient coasting by displaying information on changes in speed limit and traffic.
In terms of cargo space, the Ioniq provides 750 liters of space with its rear seats folded.
For safety, the Ioniq features 7 airbags, stability and traction control, autonomous braking, blind-spot monitoring, cross traffic warning, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, tire pressure monitoring and adaptive cruise control among others.
Engine Specs and Performance
Under the hood, 2017 Hyundai Ioniq has gone a step ahead of the Prius. The hybrid and plug-in hybrid models feature a 1.6 L Kappa 4-cylinder gasoline engine rated at 104 hp and 108 lb-ft of torque. The engine combines with an electric motor rated at 43 hp to produce a total of 139 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque.
The electric motor is backed by a 1.56 kWh battery pack while the plug-in model is backed by a bigger battery pack (8.9 kWh) which increases the motor’s power to 60 hp. The automaker didn’t say whether the combined output for the plug-in will change. The drive-trains are mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission system. The PHV will have an all electric range of 31 miles.
The automaker didn’t say whether the combined output for the plug-in will change. The drive-trains are mated to a 6-speed dual clutch transmission system. The PHV will have an all electric range of 31 miles.
Switching over to the pure EV Ioniq, Hyundai did not reveal the specs of its motor and its lithium-ion battery pack. However, the automaker revealed that the vehicle’s electric motor will produce 118 hp and 218 lb-ft of torque. The automaker also claims that the EV will have a top speed of 103 mph. A single charge will last for around 155 miles according to the Korean automaker. With this range, the Ioniq outshines the Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus Electric.
Price and release date
Hyundai didn’t announce the price of the Ioniq during the launch. However, we believe the automaker will try to undercut the 2015 Toyota Prius which starts at $ 24,200. The price will be announced near the sale date which is scheduled to be sometimes in the second half of 2016.
The Hyundai will have an uphill task trying to wrestle customers out of the Toyota Prius grip. The Chevrolet Volt and Honda Insight will also pose some competition. The EV will compete with Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus Electric.