The South Korean automaker is getting hype up for the upcoming introduction of its first dedicated model that will take on the world famous Toyota Prius hybrid, among others.
We said among others for a simple reason – the Ioniq will be a model platform for three different types of vehicles, though all share the same form of eco consciousness: a regular hybrid, a plug-in hybrid and a battery operated electric. By the way, if you remember some years ago Hyundai pledged to go the fuel cell road and let Kia handle battery electrics, it appears the strategy has been modified to suit the current needs. Anyways, the Hyundai IONIQ will be delivered to the world in January 2016 and to keep us interested before the current year runs out, we have here a pair of new official teasers.
The hybrid model appears to be clad in dynamic styling – which is also much more traditional than the overboard direction Toyota took with the latest gen Prius. The front should be clad in the company’s chromed corporate grille, paired with elongated headlights incorporating C-shaped LED daytime running lights. There is also a second pair of LEDs sitting where the fog lights should be and signaling the aggressive front bumper is not just for show.
We also got treated to a depiction of the interior dashboard, with a simple – clean- and high-tech vibe: fully digital instrument cluster, with second touchscreen display sitting in the middle for the infotainment system navigation. The all-new architecture will underpin three powertrains: gasoline/electric hybrid, plug-in gasoline/electric hybrid and fully electric. Unveiling should take place at home in South Korea next month and in Europe during the Geneva motor show – with the North American introduction tipped for the New York auto show.