2017 Hyundai Ioniq Preview
By Christian Wardlaw, March 25, 2016
- Hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric powertrain options
- 5-door, 5-passenger, hatchback design
- 25 miles of EV range for Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid model
- 110 miles of EV range for Ioniq Electric model
- Roomier interior than Toyota Prius
- Maximum cargo space of 26.5 cu. ft.
- BlueLink app compatible with Apple and Android smart watches
Hyundai says the 2017 Ioniq is the first car in the world to offer three different types of green powertrains on a single platform. Interested buyers can choose the Ioniq Hybrid, Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid, and the Ioniq Electric. The Electric model arrives first, in the fall of 2016. Then the Hybrid is on sale over the winter, followed by the Plug-in Hybrid in time for the summer of 2017.
An aerodynamic 5-door, 5-passenger hatchback model, the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq boasts a coefficient of drag measuring 0.24 cd and features both an aluminum hood and aluminum rear liftgate.
Standard equipment includes bi-Xenon headlights, LED positioning lights, and 15-in. aluminum wheels. The Plug-in Hybrid comes with standard LED running lights, LED taillights, a 3-stage active grille shutter, and unique 16-in. aluminum wheels. The Electric model features a closed front fascia, special rear lighting signature, and “eco-spoke” 16-in. aluminum wheels.
For the Ioniq’s interior, Hyundai aimed to deliver a “purified high-tech” appearance. The result is a clean but fairly conventional cabin, even upscale in some respects. Logical and intuitive, the interior isn’t different for the sake of being different, and that’s a good thing.
Hyundai employed “an ecologically sensitive focus” when selecting interior materials, and uses both sugar cane and volcanic rock to reduce the amount of pure plastic inside of the car. The automaker also took numerous steps to quiet the Ioniq, ranging from insulation and damping materials to thicker window glass and noise-cancelling windshield film.
Depending on the model, the following upgrades are offered for the 2017 Ioniq: Starting with the exterior, LED headlights, a power sunroof, side mirrors with turn signal indicators, and 17-in. aluminum wheels are available. Inside, the upgrades include stain-resistant cloth or leather seats, heated front seats, power driver’s seat, and a memory system for the driver’s preferences.
Buyers can also choose upgraded Thin Film Transistor (TFT) instrumentation, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with a compass, a programmable garage door opener, and a cargo cover. A navigation system and an Infinity premium sound system are also on the Ioniq’s list of options, as well as several safety and infotainment system upgrades.
Under the Hood
Drive away from the Hyundai dealership in the Ioniq Hybrid and the car has a traditional gas-electric hybrid powertrain making a combined 139 horsepower. It combines a 1.6-liter, Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine with a 32-kW electric motor and a lightweight 1.56-kWh Lithium-ion polymer battery housed beneath the rear seat. A 6-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) supplies Eco and Sport driving modes, which Hyundai says will give the Ioniq a more spirited and fun-to-drive character.
The Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid uses the same engine and transmission but upgrades to a 45-kW electric motor with a pure EV driving mode. The battery is more powerful, too, at 8.9 kWh. Brake-energy regeneration paddles on the steering wheel help to extend EV driving range, which is estimated at 25 miles. After the battery reaches a minimum state of charge the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid operates just like the Ioniq Hybrid.
The Ioniq Electric model does not have a gasoline engine. It does have an 88-kW electric motor rated to make 120 horsepower and 215 lb.-ft. of torque. A single-speed reduction gear transmission powers the front wheels, and the 28-kWh Lithium-ion polymer battery provides an estimated 110 miles of driving range and a projected 125 MPGe rating.
According to Hyundai, the Ioniq Electric obtains an 80% charge in just 20 minutes when the owner uses a Level 3 DC Fast Charger station. No claims were given for how long it might take using a 240-volt home charging unit or a household outlet.
Regenerative brakes and low rolling-resistance tires are standard for all Ioniq models, and the Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid get a 4-wheel independent suspension composed mainly of aluminum for weight savings. The Electric model uses a torsion-beam rear suspension to make more room for the battery pack. Hyundai also promises “clear and precise steering” with a quick ratio for a sportier driving feel.
Hyundai engineered the Ioniq’s underlying structure using 53% advanced high-strength steel, which means this car should perform well in federal government and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests.
A reversing camera is standard, and the Ioniq can be optioned with an automatic emergency braking system featuring pedestrian detection, blind-spot warning system with lane-change assist, rear cross-traffic alert system, and a lane-departure warning system. Rear park-assist sensors, steering-responsive headlights, and adaptive cruise control are also on the menu, and the Ioniq Electric model’s adaptive cruise system adds a stop-and-go function perfect for navigating heavy rush-hour traffic.
An infotainment system is standard for the 2017 Ioniq, equipping the car with a 7-in. display screen, Bluetooth connectivity, HD Radio, and smartphone-projection technology supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. With the optional navigation system the screen grows to 8 inches. A Qi-compatible wireless charging pad is available for the Ioniq.
With an active Blue Link subscription the Ioniq supplies a long list of services. Safety-related highlights include automatic collision notification and the ability to program speed, curfew, and boundary alerts. Owners can also use the Blue Link app to find the vehicle, to request stolen-vehicle recovery assistance, and to remotely start the car and pre-condition the cabin with heat or air conditioning. Plug-in and Electric models add a charge scheduling and monitoring feature for Blue Link, and the service is compatible with Apple and Android smart watches.
The Ioniq’s standard dual-zone automatic climate control system offers an efficient operation mode and a Driver Only mode. As an option, high-definition TFT instrumentation is available, featuring a 7-in. display that changes its appearance depending on whether the driver has selected the Eco or Sport driving mode.