Hyundai Ioniq Revealed with Three Green Powertrains


Hyundai debuted its all-new lineup of Toyota Prius-fighting green cars at the Geneva Motor Show.

The Hyundai Ioniq will be available in three different versions: all electric, plug-in hybrid and standard hybrid, each with its own unique styling.

The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid and Ioniq Hybrid will both use the same 1.6-liter direct-injection four-cylinder engine, mated to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. The hybrid models gets a 1.56 kWh lithium-ion-polymer battery and electric motor for a total system output of 139 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque, driving the car to a top speed of 114 mph.

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Opting for the plug-in model brings a larger 8.9 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which allows the car to travel roughly 31 miles on electricity alone.

The Ioniq Hybrid is said to target CO2 emissions of 79 g/km, which is slightly higher than the 2016 Prius’ 70 g/km rating.

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Opting for the Ioniq Electric brings a 28 kWh lithium-ion-polymer battery pack, which Hyundai says will drive the car over 155 miles on a single charge. Total output for the electric motor is 118 hp and 217 lb-ft of torque, driving the car up to a top speed of 102 mph.

Inside all three cars, you will find a seven-inch touchscreen in the center stack that runs Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with wireless charging for a cellphone. A whole suite of safety systems, including autonomous emergency braking, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist will all be available.

While some of the design elements differ, all three versions of the car match the Prius’ 0.24 Cd value thanks to their overall shape and design. Hybrid and plug-in models will get blue accents, while the all-electric version will get exclusive copper colored accents.

Official fuel economy hasn’t been revealed yet, but Hyundai did promise that it will get better than 50 mpg on the highway.

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