February 25, 2016 – Pursuant to our article on the IONIQ, Hyundai has announced that it would be introducing three affordable low to zero emission Hyundai IONIQ vehicles at the Geneva Motor Show 2016. The line-up consists of the IONIQ Hybrid, IONIQ Electric and IONIQ Plug-in. The IONIQ will make low to zero emission mobility accessible to everyone. This new approach delivers an uncompromised design and driving experience through innovative technology, latest connectivity and safety technologies.
The all-new Hyundai IONIQ is an important milestone of Hyundai Motor’s sustainability strategy, bringing to life the brand’s new thinking through new innovative technologies and extending the company’s product range to support further organic sales growth in Europe and other markets.
“IONIQ is an important step forward for our brand in Europe. We are bringing a unique new approach to e-mobility, without compromising on design, driving pleasure and new connectivity features. And we’re making it accessible to more customers by further extending our product line-up,” said Jochen Sengpiehl, Vice President Marketing at Hyundai Motor Europe.
The IONIQ Hybrid and IONIQ Plug-in will both be equipped with the new Kappa 1.6 GDI direct injection petrol, 4-cylinder engine with a class-leading thermal efficiency of 40%, delivering 105 PS and 147 Nm of torque. The engine has been tailored to the hybrid application and is combined with a 6-speed double clutch transmission mated to an electric motor.
The IONIQ Hybrid’s electric motor delivers 32 kW (43.5 PS) with maximum torque of 170 Nm, powered by 1.56 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery positioned under the rear seats. In combination with the 1.6L GDI Kappa engine, the IONIQ Hybrid offers a system output of 103.6 kW (141 PS) and up to 265 Nm of torque, accelerating to a top speed of 185 km/h with targeted CO2 emissions as low as 79 g/km (combined).
Drivers choosing the IONIQ Plug-in can safely rely on over 50 km of estimated pure electric driving range powered by the potent 8.9 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. The 45 kW (61 PS) electric motor together with the 1.6L engine targets CO2 emissions as low as 32 g/km. Plug-in hybrids are one level above conventional hybrids as they can also be recharged by plugging the vehicle into the electric grid.
On the other hand, the IONIQ Electric offers pure e-mobility through a 28 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery for an estimated range of over 250 km. The instantly available maximum torque of 295 Nm is delivered by the electric motor with maximum output of 88 kW (120 PS) through the single-speed reducer transmission accelerating the car up to 165 km/h.
The IONIQ line-up provides an enhanced customer experience inside through state-of-the-art connectivity features like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay as well as TomTom live services and wireless charging of your smartphone. Furthermore, the driving experience becomes digital through the 7″ TFT instrument cluster displaying all key driver information.
The IONIQ’s safety package including Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist System, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Smart Cruise Control ensures high safety levels for drivers and passengers alike.
All versions feature the sleek aerodynamic silhouette with a class-leading Cd value of 0.24 that complements the soft lines and surfaces tracing the all-new IONIQ’s outline. A fluid exterior shape and natural air flow channels emphasize the aerodynamic body lines and volumes.
Blue accents in the IONIQ Hybrid and IONIQ Plug-in emphasize specific elements on the exterior and completing a seamless design in the interior. The IONIQ Electric features exclusive copper colored accents creating an impression that electricity flows through the car’s interior inspired by the trait of copper being a conductor of electricity.
“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,” said Thomas A. Schmid, CEO of Hyundai Motor Europe.
The all-new Hyundai IONIQ line-up will celebrate its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show on 1st March during the Hyundai Press Conference at 10:30 CET at the Hyundai stand. Livestreaming of the press conference will be available at https://livestream.com/HyundaiEurope/GIMS2016
Broadcast of pre-Show begins at 10:15 CET on Tuesday 1 March 2016.