Hyundai Motor has given us a preview of Hyundai IONIQ, the advanced, compact and alternative fuel vehicle that will be launched in 2016. The car is the first of its kind as it offers three powertrains as options housed in a single body – electric, gasoline/electric hybrid and plug-in gasoline/ electric hybrid, a new feature not available in any other production model to date.
In a world of digital future mobility, Hyundai Motor aims to unveil IONIQ as a unique model that can cater to the customer’s fast changing lifestyle with its enhanced hybrid features. IONIQ boasts of being the world’s first model that offers three powertrains for its customers as options, combining high fuel economy with an exciting highly-responsive fun drive encased in an impressive design.
Hyundai Motor has a rich legacy of producing highly innovative and fuel efficient vehicles. This heritage is being further advanced with the arrival of IONIQ. As commented by Woong-Chul Yang, Head of Hyundai Motor R&D Center, the company has expanded future mobility choices by offering three powertrain options to cater to various kind of lifestyles but in a way that doesn’t compromise design and driving experience.
The introduction of IONIQ is yet another step in the direction of Hyundai’s efforts in becoming the leading manufacturer of green cars in the global market. The name ‘IONIQ’ has been thoughtfully decided as it has references of creative elements. ‘Ion’ which is an electrically charged atom, refers to the vehicle’s smart combination of all three electrified powertrains.
‘Unique’ is the word reflected in the second part of IONIQ which depicts Hyundai’s eco-friendly commitment to bring in maximum choices for customers. Lastly, the Q represents a visual breakthrough which this car offers as an advanced, low-emission vehicle.
The IONIQ chassis has been specially designed for the car’s multiple powertrain options. It is optimised to provide responsive handling with maximum efficiency in all types of powertrain configuration. The IONIQ can be powered by a high capacity lithium ion battery in the fully electric or EV form. The plug-in hybrid (PHEV) runs on a highly efficient engine combined with a battery powered by electricity.
As a result, its range is increased while its emissions are kept low. The third version, i.e. the Hybrid or HEV, uses a petrol engine and charges the on-board battery by car motion, which gives back the much needed efficiency with the engine’s power.
Hyundai Motor is largely committed to produce low- to zero emission cars as one of the leading hybrid vehicle manufacturers of the world. The company’s many firsts in environmental friendly innovations is now being further enhanced by the introduction of IONIQ.
In the past, the ix35 Fuel Cell was the first ever mass produced hydrogen fuelled vehicle, presented in 2013 by Hyundai. The IONIQ will have its world premiere in January in Korea and then it will be on display in March 2016 at the Geneva International Motor Show and New York Auto Show.