Hyundai’s rival to the Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius, the all-new Ioniq, has been revealed in Korea and some of the first official photos and info have started to surface. The Ioniq is a small hatch that goes on sale later this year, as a 2017 model, and is set to be the first car in the world to offer up powertrains that include hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric options.
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The leaked shots, plus previous teasers and our own spy shots of prototypes, give us a clear look at the car whose designers have gone with a simple, elegant look as opposed to the somewhat fussy look Toyota employed for its latest Prius. There's a reason for this. The simple, carefully wrought contours are said to minimize wind resistance and assist the efficient movement of air around the body.
Inside, the smooth, elegant and clutter-free theme continues. Hyundai says its designers also adopted eco-friendly materials to convey a futuristic yet warm cabin ambience. Some of the elements we can see include a multi-function steering wheel, a large central display screen that’s likely touch-sensitive, plus smaller display screens located in the main instrument cluster.
As predicted, the hybrid and plug-in hybrid models come with a dedicated 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine for their internal combustion component. The Atkinson cycle engine delivers approximately 103 horsepower and 108 pound-feet of torque on its own and works together with an electric motor that delivers approximately 43 hp and 125 lb-ft. Drive is sent to the front wheels via a hybrid-specific six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and the included battery is a lithium-ion polymer unit.
Unfortunately, there are no details on the pure electric version. The good news is that full details are due as soon as next week. We won’t get our first up-close look, however, until the world debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in early March.
Stay tuned for an update.