Hyundai has released the technical specifications and interior images of its first-ever electric car Hyundai Ioniq. It was unveiled at Hyundai Motor’s Namyang R&D Center in South Korea. The full Ioniq range will feature a choice of electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid powertrains, a world first for a single model. However, for the time being, details of the hybrid version were revealed as it comes first.
Rag Jung, Head of Project Management Division at Hyundai Motor R&D Center said, “IONIQ embodies Hyundai Motor's new thinking and bold ambitions for the future. This world-class dedicated hybrid will be the starting point of our future mobility.” Built on a chassis created specifically to carry the world’s first choice of three efficient and ultra-low emission powertrains, the IONIQ boasts 53% Advanced High Strength Steel combined cleverly with lightweight aluminum. The new model saves 12.6kg (45%) of weight by casting non-structural bodywork from aluminum, such as the hood, tailgate and suspension components.
The IONIQ furthers its handling prowess with dual lower arm multi-link suspension fitted at the rear. With the world’s highest thermal efficiency (40%), the new 1.6L Kappa GDi engine developed exclusively for Hyundai Motor’s hybrid engines, combines with the permanent magnetic electric motor to deliver maximum outputs of 103bhp and 46bhp – engine and motor respectively. Controlling power distribution is a hybrid-exclusive Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), which presents a dynamic driving experience unique to IONIQ. Class-leading power transmission efficiency of 95.7% delivers a prompt response, acceleration performance and smooth gear changes to delight drivers with handling alongside the hybrid’s efficiency.