Hyundai has dropped two new official photos of the IONIQ hybrid, as well as additional information.
We finally have a press release in English that actually confirms the details we shared earlier this month. The IONIQ is indeed “breaking hybrid stereotypes”, as Hyundai says, because it will be offered as an electric, plug-in hybrid, and a pure hybrid model, with the IONIQ Hybrid variant being the first to come to market.
This variant features a hybrid system that combines a newly developed 1.6-liter GDI 4-cylinder petrol unit with 103 horsepower and a 43.5-hp electric motor, fed by a Lithium-Ion polymer battery. The combined output stands at 141 hp, channeled to the wheels through a new dual-clutch 6-speed automatic gearbox.
The South Korean manufacturer explains the electric motor enables the IONIQ Hybrid to operate in pure electric mode at speeds up to 75 miles per hour (120 kilometers per hour). The battery pack is located underneath the rear seats so that the usability of the passenger cabin and cargo area stays “entirely uncompromised.”
The efficiency of the vehicle has been further improved by the active and passive aerodynamic body elements and the engineers have managed to achieve a Cd drag coefficient of 0.24. At the front of the car, for example, there are wheel air curtains, while other aerodynamically-optimized details include a rear spoiler and diffuser, side sill moldings, floor undercover, and a closed wheel design.
Also in support of fuel efficiency is the ECO-DAS (Eco-Driving Assistant System) which assesses the driving route set in the satellite navigation system and current traffic levels. The system enables the “most efficient battery charging or extra motor assistance as required by the predicted road conditions.”
Other assistance systems include autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning system (LDWS), lane keeping assist system (LKAS), and smart cruise control that uses radar sensors to keep a constant speed and distance without depressing the accelerator or brake pedals.
In terms of infotainment features, the IONIQ Hybrid comes with a seven-inch display instrument cluster providing all kind of details about the hybrid system. It also offers both Apply CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The IONIQ also has a wireless inductive charging pad (Qi standard) for mobile phones.
“The launching event announced the start of new future mobility and our will for technological innovation to the world,” commented Moon-Sik Kwon, vice chairman at Hyundai Motor R&D Center. “Hyundai Motor will spearhead efforts to become the global number two in the green car market by introducing over 22 models in the eco-friendly car line-up by 2020.”