Hyundai’s first electric-plugin car allowed itself to been seen in full view during a commercial shoot in southern California.
It has been only a week since Hyundai teased us with a sketch of its upcoming green car, Ioniq, a model that will try to fight with Toyota’s Prius. But from now on until the official debut, we will no longer have to imagine how it will look like, as the Ioniq emerged completely undisguised during a shoot in California. Hyundai’s distinctive front shape can be easily noticed, while the back lines fall within its rivals’ trend. The South Korean automaker has already confirmed the Ioniq will be the world’s first car to offer a choice of three efficient and low-emission powertrains: full electric, plug-in gasoline / electric hybrid, or gasoline / electric hybrid.
The internal-combustion engine is expected to be the new 1.6 Kappa litre GDI, a new unit with a power of 105 PS and 147 Nm torque that marks the company’s first combination of the Atkinson cycle, cooled exhaust gas recirculation and a long stroke specification to maximize thermal efficiency. Inside, Hyundai promised an elegant and clutter-free theme, with a logical approach applied to the layout of control functions. Unveiling should take place at home in South Korea next month and in Europe during the Geneva motor show, with the North American introduction scheduled for the New York auto show.
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