The two sister automakers have an ambitious plan to launch together no less than 26 hybrids vehicles by 2020, according to a Hyundai official.
It seems that Hyundai’s new Ioniq is just the beginning of a long lineup of “green” cars from the South Korean bounded carmakers. The bold promise has been made by Ki-Sang Lee, Hyundai’s senior vice president, head of company’s’ Eco Friendly Vehicle R&D Center. “We are planning 26 eco-friendly vehicles that will be launched to the market before 2020 across Hyundai and Kia. We hope we will be the second vehicle manufacturer in the world in terms of eco-friendly vehicles on the market,” Lee said. The new Ioniq features a hybrid system specially designed to be easily adapted and used right across the company’s range. It packs a 1.6-liter GDI 4-cylinder petrol engine developing 103 horsepower and a single 43.5-hp electric motor, the ensemble being matted to a dual-clutch 6-speed automatic transmission. “Our system is a simpler system and could be absorbed in smaller cars more easily than other systems,” Woong-Chul Yang, vice chairman, Namyang Research and Development Centre, explained.
Hyundai has already expanded in this direction with a plug-in hybrid version for the Sonata to cover the compact family segment and with Grandeur for the premium market. Therefore, considering the system adaptability on all platforms, it is not difficult to go down to the B-segment (superminis) needed. “And there is some movement on SUVs; like a Tucson. It can be easily expanded. And we are also planning on RWD [for Genesis] too,” he added. In addition, Hyundai also has other plans in mind, especially for a system which links a 48-volt lithium-ion battery with an engine. “Yes, we are working on that already,” said Yang. “We call it micro hybrid.”