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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.”

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Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.

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