Hyundai Adds Sizzle with Electrified Ioniq Lineup in Geneva
This week at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, Hyundai introduced its own take on alternative power for the world—the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq line of hatchback cars—with a choice of hybrid, plug-in-hybrid, or pure electric powertrains. No details have been revealed about when these streamlined, alternative-powered models that are built on a new platform will be sold in the United States. A closer look will come later this month at the 2016 New York Auto Show.
The Ioniq Hybrid and Ioniq plug-in hybrid (PHEV) feature the new Kappa 1.6-liter direct-injection, gasoline 4-cylinder engine that is combined with an electric motor to make a total of 139 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is partnered with a 6-speed double-clutch transmission.
The plug-in version adds a larger Lithium-ion battery pack and increases the power of the electric motor to 60 horsepower. It can achieve a pure electric driving range of over 50 km (32 miles), according to Hyundai.
The Ioniq Electric is equipped with a 28-kWh battery pack that provides power to travel more than 250 km (about 155 miles) before recharging and can accelerate to 165 km/h (103 mph), Hyundai says.
The Ioniq lineup includes smartphone connectivity, and all instrument control information is displayed digitally. Advanced safety features are available, including blind-spot detection and adaptive cruise control. Hybrid and PHEV Ioniq models feature blue exterior and interior accents, while the Electric has copper-colored accents.