Hyundai India has showcased the 2018 Ioniq sedan at the ongoing Auto Expo 2018. The company has displayed the model to gauge the customer response and is expected to officially launch the model sometime later this year. Hyundai already sells the model in several international markets in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric versions. Reports in media were rife that Hyundai will launch the hybrid version of the model in India, albeit the sharp increase in taxes on the hybrid vehicles discouraged the carmaker from launching the hybrid version.
If Hyundai plans to launch Ioniq in India, it could be launched as a CKD unit, which means the vehicle will be assembled locally at Hyundai India’s manufacturing unit. This will allow the carmaker to curb the pricing, knowing that India is a price sensitive market. With India’s decision to go all electric by 2030, car giants are planning to bring electric models to the domestic market. While Ioniq could be one of the electric cars slated for launch in India, it is expected that the Kona electric SUV could be launched first as demand for SUVs is at an all time high.
Coming to the mechanicals, the Ioniq electric sedan is expected to get a 28kWh lithium-ion polymer battery which can be charged completely within 9 to 10 hours through a regular socket at home. It also gets the quick charging, which takes around 4-5 hours for one complete charge. Additionally, the battery powers a 118bhp/295Nm electric motor. As for the range, Ioniq is claimed to offer 200km. Moreover, the batteries can also be charged through regenerative brake forces. If launched in India, Hyundai Ioniq could be priced from Rs 20 Lakhs onwards.