The South Korean unit of the brand has officially released the first batch of pictures depicting the Ioniq model lineup that will feature a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid and a battery EV.
Following many teasers and an unofficial reveal during a photo session, the Ioniq is here to present its arguments against the world’s best selling hybrid – the Toyota Prius. This combo model is also the first ever designed to house three eco-conscious drivetrains: a regular hybrid, plug-in hybrid and a fully electric battery EV. Naturally the first one to be revealed is the least spectacular – the traditional hybrid. The design closely relates to the famous wedge-shape of the Prius but will most likely spur way less controversy than the latest generation of the Japanese contender. That said, a little more flair could have been infused in this model – but we’re not going to complain since the Prius showed even green vehicles can spark a love/hate trend.
Meanwhile, the cabin is even more toned down – in typical Hyundai fashion, taking cues from the latest crop of models the company has released recently. We have blue accents, a new flat-bottomed steering wheel as well as a digital instrument cluster, while the gear knob seen here belongs to the six-speed, dual-clutch transmission – while next to it sits an electric parking brake.
Technical specifications have also been detailed a little – under the hood sits a four-cylinder, 1.6-liter GDI engine with 103 horsepower (77 kW) and 108 pound-feet (146 Nm) of torque mated to an electric motor churning out 43 hp (32 kW) and 125 lb-ft (170 Nm). A predictive energy management system, an eco-driving assistant system and a coasting guide will be on point to help maximize driver efficiency.