The Hyundai IONIQ is an upcoming mid-size hatchback hybrid. It was announced officially in 2016 at the Geneva Motor Show. The Hyundai Ioniq comes in three different options: the Hybrid, the Plug-in Hybrid, and the Electric. Hyundai is intending for the Ioniq to compete with the Toyota Prius.
At the 2017 Washington Auto Show, Hyundai USA announced the hybrid Ioniq and Ioniq Electric EV will go on sale in the USA by April 1, 2017. The plug-in hybrid version of the Ioniq is set to go on sale on September 1, 2017. Each of the three models will be available nationwide, but not every Hyundai dealership will be selling them.
Jochen Sengpiehl, Vice President Marketing at Hyundai Motor Europe, said: “IONIQ is an important step forward for our brand. We are bringing a unique new approach to e-mobility, with no compromise on design, driving pleasure and connectivity. And we’re making it accessible to more customers, further extending our product line-up.”
IONIQ Electric Specifications
The electric motor found in the Ioniq has 295 Nm of torque and rated at 88kW. The Ioniq EV motor in sport mode can accelerate from 0 to 62mph in 9.9 seconds. In normal mode, it can go from 0 to 62mph in 10.2 seconds.
The Ioniq Electric has a 28 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack that gives the EV a city range of 135 miles, a highway range of 110 miles, and an overall EPA rated combined EV range of 124 miles. The overall efficiency is rated at 136 MPGe, compared to the competing Toyota Prius which sits at 133MPGe.
Drivers choosing the IONIQ Plug-in can safely rely on over 50 kilometres of estimated pure electric driving range powered by the potent 8.9 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. The IONIQ Electric offers pure e-mobility through a 28 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery for an estimated range of over 250 km. The battery pack takes about 4 hours to charge with a level 2 fast charger. When using a DC charger, the battery can be charged up to 80% in 33 minutes at 50kW. If 100kW can be found, it can be charged up to 80% in 24 minutes.
Standard features include 16 inch wheels, LED turn signals and rear lights, projection headlights, aluminum hood and tailgate, and paddle shifter adjustable regenerative braking.
Hyundai IONIQ Electric Efficiency Comparison Test
Prices are in USD for the North American market.
2017 Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid
Blue Base model MSRP $22,200
SEL model MSRP $23,950
Limited model MSRP $27,500
2017 Hyundai IONIQ Electric
Electric Base model MSRP $29,500.
Eligible for up to $7500 federal tax credit which brings the cost down to $22,000.