Hyundai has released some more details about its Ioniq model, which will be brought as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and EV. It was reported earlier that the hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants will be functioned by a new 104-hp 1.6-liter I-4 paired with a 43-hp electric motor. Now, Hyundai has released total system output for the hybrid. The Ioniq is evaluated at 139 hp and 195 lb-ft in first gear. In second to sixth gear, the system makes 173 lb-ft as per Motortrend.
Unlike hybrids currently on sale today like the Toyota Prius, the Hyundai Ioniq utilize a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox in place of a CVT. The Ioniq’s gearbox has two driving modes: Eco and Sport. Eco maximizes fuel economy by shifting earlier to higher gears while Sport holds lower gears longer and allows the four-cylinder and electric motor to make full power for better performance.
Additionally, the car’s body utilizes extended amount of aluminum and high-strength steel while a lithium-ion battery is functioned under the rear seats for a lower center of gravity and improved packaging. The Ioniq’s exterior design was also made with efficiency in mind and has a low 0.24 drag coefficient to regard it to cheat the wind.
The Ioniq includes an independent suspension at all four corners that’s created with aluminum for less mass and better ride and handling. A major feature of the car’s suspension setup is the double control arms in the rear, which Hyundai states enhance the car’s ride quality. Alloy wheels of up to 17 inches in diameter are present in the Ioniq and are wrapped in low-rolling-resistance tires for better fuel economy. The car’s multi-link suspension system has also been optimized with low-rolling-resistance tires.
As for interior, the Ioniq’s cabin will be created mostly of recycled and eco-friendly items. The door covers, for instance, are created of recycled plastic mixed with powdered wood and volcanic stone, which is 20 percent lighter and has the similar scope of insulation as conventional materials, as per Hyundai. Headlining and carpeting, on the other hand, are partially created of raw materials extracted from sugar cane for improved recyclability. Including the paid utilized for the car’s exterior is eco-friendly, is having ingredients extracted from soybean oil to gain metallic effects.
The Ioniq has plenty of flexibility with functions such as folding rear seats for better cargo-carrying capability. The car’s climate controls, on the other hand, have an significant operation mode and a driver-only mode to have better operating efficiency. On the infotainment front, Hyundai’s multimedia interface is also available and the Ioniq can be had with a 7-inch TFT cluster that previews everything from speed, eco information, state of charge, and fuel levels.
Lets wait for Hyundai Ioniq to have its North American debut sometime this year, most probably at the 2016 New York auto show.