Hyundai IONIQ to debut with three electrified drivetrains
Based on a new platform designed specifically for alternative drivetrains, the IONIQ will launch in Europe this summer and is mechanically similar to Kia’s Niro hybrid crossover, which will also feature plug-in versions in the near future.
Both hybrid versions feature a high-efficiency 1.6-litre petrol engine producing 103bhp, combined with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission and an electric motor. The IONIQ Hybrid’s electric motor produces 43bhp, and Hyundai is targeting CO2 emissions of 79g/km for the newcomer.
Plug-in models get more powerful motors for electric driving. The IONIQ Plug-in has an 8.9kWh mains-rechargeable battery, and can travel up to 31 miles when fully charged, using a 61bhp motor. This enables it to offer CO2 emissions of 32g/km, using current homologation tests.
In the IONIQ Electric, the battery has a 28kWh capacity – close to the latest Nissan LEAF – and offers a 155-mile range at up to 103mph using its 118bhp motor. As there is no need for a radiator, the grille is sealed to reduce drag.
Thomas A. Schmid, Chief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Europe, said: “With our pioneering ix35 Fuel Cell electric vehicle and several hybrid and plug-in hybrid models sold around the world, Hyundai Motor already has a proven capability in electrified powertrains.
“Now, with the launch of our first dedicated model, we are taking the lead as the only car manufacturer with hybrid, electric, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell vehicles in production.”