This year’s edition of the Geneva international Auto Show marks a crucial milestone for the South Korean automaker – the launch of its eco-friendly Ioniq range of vehicles in European specification.
The models featured their worldwide introduction at home in South Korea but the Euro-spec premiere is no less significant, especially since it brings all three models together at once on the showroom floor. The Ioniq range is Hyundai’s attempt to trespass into Toyota Prius territory and its trump card is the bespoke platform specifically designed to handle all three types of vehicles offered by the automaker: regular hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full battery electric.
We met all three models as they were presented at home and the freshest of them all is the Ioniq Electric. This one has under the metal an electric motor and a 28-kWh lithium-ion-polymer battery. In European specification the model comes to the party with an estimated range of over 155 miles (250 km), which is slightly up from the KDM version, by around 50 miles (80 km). The electric motor will deliver an instant maximum torque of 218 pound-feet (295 Nm) and a maximum output of 120 hp (88 kW), allowing a top speed of up to 103 miles per hour (165 kilometers per hour). Just like any other Ioniq family member the Electric also has a Cd value of 0.24 and can pack numerous safety and assistance systems, such as autonomous emergency braking, blind spot detection, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control.
Go for the Ioniq Hybrid and you’ll get instead a 1.6-liter GDI petrol engine sporting 105 horsepower (78 kW) combined with an electric motor with 44 hp (32 kW) for a total system output of 141 hp (104 kW). It also has a 1.56-kWh lithium-ion-polymer battery and will pollute in the combined cycle with just 79 grams CO2 per kilometer. For us the most interesting version is the IONIQ Plug-in which allows for electric drivability of more than 31 miles (50 kilometers) thanks to the .9-kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. This time around the 1.6 GDI is linked to a more powerful 61-hp (45 kW) electric motor and CO2 emissions can drop to 32 g/km.