The South Korean branch of Hyundai has decided to showcase a new set of teaser renderings with what could be their most important model in terms of environmental credentials – the new Ioniq.
The company is actually pretty much ignoring the fact that not long ago in December we actually saw the Ioniq in full glory thanks to a photo shoot – but we do understand that delivering a real competitor to the Prius, the world’s best selling hybrid is something to brag about relentlessly. More important for us is actually the fact that Hyundai’s Ioniq will be a global set of models – sold at home, in North America and in Europe – while also premiering a never before seen concept: the architecture underpins three different models. The Ioniq range will include a traditional hybrid, a plug-in hybrid as well as an all electric battery powered vehicle. It appears the rumor mill has found the hybrids will employ a four-cylinder 1.6-liter engine next to the electric motor while the BEV will make use of a lithium-ion battery.
This latest set of sketches paint a more impressive picture than in reality, with the real world model looking up with admiration to the wedge shape made famous by the Japanese hybrid. More importantly we do get a better sense of the interior, which looks neatly clean and functional. We see a flat-bottom steering wheel and a digital instrument cluster, while also hinting at an automatic gearbox setup given the shape of the knob. The KDM-spec (South Korea) model will be introduced later this month and the European and North American variants will have official premieres during the March roster of auto shows: Geneva and New York.