Future Models - Hyundai 2016 IONIQ
More details for Hyundai Ioniq
Exclusive admission: After a pair of renderings, Hyundai has finally offered a true look at the interior of its new Ioniq.
Hyundai reveals first tech-specs for forthcoming Ioniq
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7 January 2016
HYUNDAI's almost daily trickle of information previewing the forthcoming
all-new Ioniq hatch continues, this time with the first real images and some
Despite the latest titbit of information, the South Korean car-maker is still
yet to reveal a photograph of the car's front end with only previous renderings
and sketches to go on, but Hyundai has released some technical details of the
model's three electrified powertrains.
With the release of the images, it is now clear that the car is a hatch, not a
sedan as previously expected.
While a pure electric variant will be offered, only the hybrid versions are
covered in the fourth release regarding the new range, which will be available
as a petrol electric hybrid or plug-in equivalent.
Under its bonnet is a 1.6-litre GDi petrol engine which produces 77kW and
147Nm, but thanks to its ultra-efficient Atkinson cycle manages a thermal
efficiency of 40 per cent – the world's most efficient according to Hyundai.
The engine was specially developed for hybrid applications and has specialist
design features such as a 1:35 stroke-bore ratio and a separated cooling for
the cylinder head and block.
Its power is combined with a 32kW/167Nm permanent magnet electric motor which
draws power from lithium-ion battery for a combined output of 109kW and 314Nm.
Power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed dual clutch automatic
transmission, which has been “optimized” for its hybrid application, resulting
in a transmission efficiency of 95.7 per cent.
More details have also emerged regarding the Ioniq's structure, such as its
part-aluminium construction which comprises the bonnet, bootlid, front cross
member as well as some front and rear suspension components.
Where heavier steel had to be used, higher-strength grades were used to
maintain stiffness and impact protection without adding unnecessary weight.
Locating the EV drivetrain battery low down in the chassis has resulted in a
lower centre of gravity for improved handling and road-holding in corners.
Hyundai has not yet revealed performance figures such as acceleration and fuel
economy, or any details regarding the third electric-only variant, but more
information is almost certainly on its way in the immediate future.
The model will make its public debut at the Geneva motor show in March,
following its first reveal in South Korea later this month and is expected to
arrive on Australian soil in the second half of the year.
Only the hybrid version will be offered locally but Hyundai Australia is still
weighing up the possibility of the plug-in variant as well.