SNEAK PEAK: 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
Hyundai Motor Co. recently celebrated 40 years of its first-ever export in its history and 30 years since the Korean brand made its entrance into the U.S. market.
That’s where Hyundai last month also celebrated the Latin American regional launch of its all-new Ioniq model, in both Hybrid and Electric versions.
World’s first dedicated single-vehicle platform
The Ioniq eco-focused vehicle is the first in the world to offer three distinct electrified powertrains on a single, dedicated vehicle platform.
Hyundai’s approach for the Ioniq line is to deliver an uncompromising design and driving experience coupled with the latest in safety and convenience technologies, making it an appealing choice for a wide range of buyers.
Ioniq models offer a sleek, aerodynamic silhouette with a class-leading 0.24 drag coefficient. Its fluid exterior shape and smooth air-flow channels emphasize aerodynamic body lines and design forms.
The Ioniq Hybrid (to arrive in Puerto Rico in first quarter 2017) and the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid (to arrive next summer) both feature a new Kappa 1.6 direct-injected Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine delivering an estimated 104 horsepower and 109 pound-feet of torque.
The Ioniq Hybrid’s electric motor delivers an estimated 32 kilowatt hours (kWh), equivalent to 43 horsepower, with estimated maximum torque of 125 pound-feet, powered by a lithium-ion polymer battery with a 1.56 kWh capacity.
The Ioniq Hybrid offers an estimated total system output of 139 horsepower while providing low emissions, and outstanding efficiency and range.
The Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid provides an estimated all-electric range of more than 25 miles, powered by a potent 8.9 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. The Ioniq Plug-in’s estimated 45 kW (60 horsepower) electric motor is coupled with the 1.6 direct-injected Atkinson four-cylinder Kappa engine.
The Ioniq Electric (to arrive in late 2017) offers pure electric mobility with a 28 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery for an estimated driving range of 124 miles.
The Electric motor has an estimated maximum output of 88 kW (120 horsepower) and 215 pound-feet of torque through a single-speed reduction-gear transmission. The Ioniq Electric has an estimated 125 MPGe rating.
Six-speed dual-clutch transmission
The Ioniq Hybrid and Plug-in both feature a smooth-shifting, six-speed EcoShift dual-clutch transmission (DCT), which boasts best-in-class transfer efficiency through the use of low-friction bearings and low-viscosity transmission oil, and is able to achieve a unique mix of driving performance and fuel efficiency.
This is an important differentiator from the majority of other Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid cars that use a Continuously Variable Transmission, or CVT, which are often criticized as having ‘rubber band-like’ acceleration.
In keeping with its exterior, the Ioniq’s interior captures the model’s futuristic qualities, with a “Purified High-tech” design concept.
A smooth, elegant and clutter-free theme and efficient use of interior space complement a logical, structured approach to the layout of controls for intuitive operation.
Materials for the interior were chosen with an ecologically sensitive focus to create a simple and clean look throughout the car.
Driving performance without compromise
The driving performance of the Ioniq line-up is among the best in its segment due to a powertrain that is adapted to deliver efficient mobility without compromise.
Ride and handling, as well as noise, vibration and harshness levels, are tuned to offer a nice ride quality, while insulation in the instrument panel minimizes engine-compartment noise intrusion.
Damping in the floor panels, as well as enhanced A- and B-pillar insulation, thicker window glass and noise-canceling film on the windshield further improve the quiet and comfortable driving experience.
Ioniq Hybrid and Plug-in feature a sophisticated multilink rear suspension system with dual lower control arms, minimizing ride and handling compromises often associated with less sophisticated suspension designs.
The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid offers best-in-class cargo space by positioning the battery underneath the rear seats. The rear seats can fold down, providing an estimated 26.5 cubic feet of cargo-area volume.
To save space and weight, the Ioniq does not have a spare tire. Instead, it comes with a tire repair kit.
Many safety features
The Ioniq Hybrid’s long list of active safety features include Blind Spot Detection, which works with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert to warn the driver of any surrounding vehicles, passengers or objects that could lead to a collision.
A Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) is also offered, which sounds an alarm as the car moves over lane lines.
The Ioniq is also fitted with Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection, an advanced active safety feature that alerts drivers to emergency situations, even braking automatically as required.
Vehicle type: Compact hybrid sedan
Drive type: Front-wheel drive
Engines: 1.6-liter Atkinson gasoline engine; 32 kilowatt electric motor
Transmission: Six-speed EcoShift Dual-clutch transmission
Horsepower: 104 hp @5,700 rpm
Torque: 109 pound-feet @4,000 rpm
Electric Engine Torque: 125 pound-feet
Combined Horsepower: 139 hp
Brakes: Four-wheel discs (ventilated front), Antilock Braking System, electronic brake distribution, brake assist
Tires / wheels: P195/65R15; aluminum-alloy wheels
Turning circle: 34.7 feet
Seating capacity: Five
Curb weight: 3,042 pounds
Fuel economy (MPG): 57 mpg in the City, 59 mpg on the Highway
Price as tested (including excise tax): N.A.
Wide array of innovative, active and passive safety features; comfortable seating for five; excellent fit and finish throughout the cabin
No spare tire–comes with tire repair kit
With its roomy, comfortable and well-appointed interior, clean exterior design, good driving dynamics, and a long list of safety features, the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq is the new fuel-economy hybrid champion in the U.S., and a serious contender in the plug-in hybrid and full-electric segments.