Hyundai to present electric Ioniq range at Geneva

Hyundai to present electric Ioniq range at Geneva


Hyundai will be showing off its Ioniq line-up at the Geneva Motor Show next week, the first time that all three versions of the new model have been presented together. The Ioniq is the first model to offer a choice of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure-electric powertrains to customers.

Details of the low-to-zero emission Ioniq have been revealed before the show, with the newly designed architecture able to accommodate a range of options – two of which are plug-in variants

The Ioniq plug-in hybrid features the company’s new Kappa 1.6 litre GDI petrol engine. The four-cylinder unit delivers 105hp and 108 lb ft of torque, and is boosted by the linked electric motor, with power going through a six-speed double clutch gearbox for a more engaging driving experience than the traditional hybrid’s CVT transmission.

The Ioniq Plug-in will offer an official electric-only range of more than 31 miles, with the 1.6 GDI engine supported by a 45kW (61hp) electric motor powered by an 8.9 kWh battery. Hyundai is planning on emissions as low as 32 g/km CO2.

The Ioniq Electric meanwhile has a 28 kWh lithium-ion battery for a range of around 155 miles. The 88kW (120hp) electric motor produces 218 lb ft of torque and can propel the Hyundai to a top speed of 103mph with its single-speed transmission.

The Ioniq range has been designed to be aerodynamically efficient to assist with the model’s efficiency figures, while there will be a large amount of safety equipment fitted. Emergency braking, lane keeping assist, blind spot detection, adaptive cruise control and rear cross traffic alert systems will aid the driver in keeping everyone safe.

Occupants will benefit from a smartphone connected infotainment system featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, TomTom navigation, wireless charging and a 7-inch colour display.

Stylistically, the Ioniq Plug-in features blue details around the exterior, while the Ioniq Electric uses copper coloured accents.

Thomas A. Schmid, COO at Hyundai Motor Europe, said: “With our pioneering ix35 Fuel Cell electric vehicle and several hybrid and plug-in hybrid models sold around the world, Hyundai Motor already has a proven capability in electrified powertrains. Now, with the launch of our first dedicated model, we are taking the lead as the only car manufacturer with hybrid, electric, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell vehicles in production.”