Future Models - Hyundai 2016 IONIQ
Hyundai details Ioniq Hybrid first arrival
Hipster Hyundai: In pursuit of sustainability, some of the Ioniq's interior materials are made using wood fibre, volcanic stone and soy bean oil-based paints.
Hybrid Hyundai Ioniq leads the way for plug-in and pure electric versions
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15 January 2016
HYUNDAI'S trio of eco-friendly Ioniq electrified hatchbacks will kick off
globally with the hybrid version, which has already been confirmed for
Australia and is due for arrival in the second half of the year.
The South Korean car-maker has been teasing titbits of the three-variant range
on an almost weekly basis since the Ioniq name was confirmed late last year,
but it has now released more comprehensive information about the initial Hybrid
In addition to the basic outline of its 1.6-litre petrol-electric powertrain
with six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, Hyundai has now detailed
more features that it claims makes the compact hatchback more fun to drive than
any of its rivals.
For a start, its 32kW/170Nm permanent magnet synchronous electric motor has
been optimised with the use of thinner gauge steels, while square-section
copper wire reduces core and copper efficiency losses.
A range of up to 120km is possible in electric-only mode, and when combined
with the 77kW GDI four-cylinder engine, combined torque is boosted to 265Nm
when in first gear for maximum acceleration. In gears two to six, torque drops
back to 235Nm.
The result is sportier, more regular car acceleration and driving
characteristics and not the “rubber band” acceleration experienced in other
hybrids, according to Hyundai.
Two modes allow the driver to select a particular driving style with a Sport
mode which holds higher engines revs for more responsive acceleration, or an
Eco mode which up-shifts gears earlier to save fuel.
Other range-boosting features include flexible body panels that change shape at
speed to reduce aerodynamic drag to 0.24Cd, while the Ioniq suspension set-up
was tuned specifically to work optimally with a specially developed 17-inch
Hyundai has not released fuel economy figures but says a closed wheel design
with “curtains” on the front wheels, active air flap ducts, low-drag diffuser
and smooth underside all contribute to “the world's best hybrid fuel
Inside the Ioniq has dual-zone air-conditioning that can be switched to an
efficiency mode for better fuel economy, or a driver-only mode for when only
one person is aboard.
The Ioniq's interior fit-out uses components that rely less on petrochemicals,
opting for recycled plastics, wood fibre and even pumice stone and soy bean oil
based paints instead. The more environmentally friendly materials are not only
more sustainable but are also 20 per cent lighter and provide more effective
The drivers instrument cluster is a 7.0-inch digital display which shows
different information and in a different colour theme depending on the selected
A second dash-mounted screen allows passengers to access the various
entertainment systems through the touchscreen, which supports Apple CarPlay and
Android smartphone connectivity as well as wireless device charging.
Hyundai's Eco-Das navigation further increases fuel efficiency by changing the
way the car delivers power or charges the lithium-ion battery according to the
driving route. The system encourages more efficient driving style as well as
managing power depending on the traffic and environmental conditions.
In the most recent release, Hyundai has also outlined the various Ioniq driver
assistance and safety systems in addition to the already detailed high-strength
steel and aluminium construction.
Blind-spot monitoring, lane-change assistance, rear cross-traffic alert,
autonomous braking, adaptive cruise control and tyre pressure monitoring will
all be available, as well as seven airbags as standard if a collision is
The Ioniq has a 750 litres of luggage space with the second-row seats folded,
and will be available in nine paint colours with a choice of three interior