Hyundai Ioniq hybrid (Toyota Prius-rival) world premieres - IAB Report

14/01/2016 - 14:55 | ,   | Sagar Parikh

Plug-in hybrid and pure electric variants will follow later.

The Hyundai Ioniq, Hyundai Motor's first dedicated hybrid car, has been unveiled to the world in Seoul. The rear-end, side profile and interior were already revealed last week, and now we have the front-end also revealed.

Hyundai Ioniq hybrid Seoul launch
The Hyundai Ioniq hybrid will have its European and North American premieres in Geneva and New York respectively in March.

The car is 4,470 mm long, 1,820 mm wide and 1,450 mm tall, and has a wheelbase of 2,700 mm. The front-end features a new hexagonal radiator grille finished in silver and ending in black (upper three slats), stretched headlamps with C-shaped LED daytime running lights, a slim radiator grille with the signature ‘BlueLine’ strip and vertical LED foglights positioned beside small vertical air inlets. The notchback styling and several other design engineering measures have helped achieve a drag coefficient of 0.24 Cd. The hybrid variant weighs as low as 1,380 kg.

The Hyundai Ioniq's hybrid system makes use of a 1.6-litre Kappa GDi naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 105 PS (104 hp) and 15.0 kgf-m (147 Nm) of torque and an electric motor that generates 43.5 PS (43 hp) and 17.3 kgf-m (170 Nm) of torque. Both sources together churn out 141 PS (139 hp) and 27 kgf-m (265 Nm) of torque.

Hyundai Ioniq interior
The Blue Link 2.0 infotainment system with 8.0-inch display is available optionally.

The permanent magnet electric motor works with 95% efficiency, thanks to application of declination coils. The electric motor is powered by a lithium-ion polymer battery pack. Power is sent to the front wheels via a newly-developed 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. The hybrid variant's fuel economy is rated at 22.4 km/l.

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Also read: Hyundai i20 Active - First Drive Review

Noteworthy standard/optional features of the Hyundai Ioniq hybrid include speed-sensitive electric power steering, Smart Cruise Control, 7-inch digital instrument cluster, Blue Link 2.0 infotainment system with 8-inch display, JBL premium sound system, wireless charging, 7 airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Emergency stop signal (ESS), Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Automatic Emergency Braking system (AEB), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) and Blind Spot Detection system (BSD).

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