Thursday, March 10, 2016

Hyundai Showcases All Three Ioniq Models In Geneva

Hyundai’s answer to the Toyota Prius, the new Ioniq was revealed in all three of its forms in Geneva.

Offered in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric versions, the new Hyundai Ioniq is the first platform to be offered with three electrified powertrains.

The hybrid version uses a 104hp 1.6-litre Atkinson-cycle petrol engine which offers a class-leading thermal efficiency of 40%, combined with a 43hp electric motor, with the combined output set at 139hp and 195lb ft (265Nm) of torque. The company targets 79g/km of CO2 emissions with this one.

One of the most interesting facts is that Hyundai chose a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox over a traditional-for-a-hybrid CVT solution in order the Ioniq to offer a more responsive driving experience.

The plug-in hybrid Ioniq adds a more powerful 60hp electric motor and a bigger 8.9kWh battery pack to offer more than 31 miles (50km) of electric driving range. Hyundai expects the CO2 emissions to be as low as 32g/km.

As for the all-electric Ioniq, this uses a 28kWh lithium-ion battery pack and an electric motor that produces 118hp and 217lb ft (295Nm) of instant torque to offer a driving range of over 155 miles (250km) with the help of a single-speed gearbox.

What do you think? Is the Hyundai Ioniq capable of bringing the Toyota Prius to its knees?


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