More details are surfacing about the upcoming Prius fighter from South Korea – Hyundai’s Ioniq line, as the model is getting ready for its official worldwide premiere in KDM spec later this month.
Not long ago we told you the South Korean automaker envisions the Ioniq as a reputable contender in the hybrid field, even besting the highway mileage rating of the world’s best selling model in the segment – Toyota’s Prius. Back then no figures were actually revealed, but we have them now courtesy of the latest report. Take this with a pinch of salt as nothing has been confirmed yet, but Hyundai seems intent on selling the regular IONIQ hybrid (there is also a plug-in hybrid and full electric version on store) at home in two variants with different economy figures. The entry-level option will boast 15-inch wheels using 195/65 R15 tires and it will deliver a fuel economy of 53 miles per gallon (4.44 liters per 100 km) while the more upscale version will also have an impact on the range. This one would use 17-inch wheels clad in 225/45 R17 tires and posting a 48 mpg (4.9 l/100 km) figure.
Note the conversions may not be entirely accurate as the South Korean authorities use a different test cycle so the US mpg and European l/100 km figures will be slightly different. In South Korea, the model is tipped to deliver 22.5 km/l and 20.2 km/l respectively. We also know the car’s weight, with the base hybrid model tipping the scale at 3,042 pounds (1,380 kilograms), followed by the more upscale version at 3,108 lbs (1,410 kg). The model will use a naturally-aspirated four-cylinder, 1.6-liter delivering 103 horsepower (105 PS) at 5,700 rpm and 108 pound-feet (147 newton meters) of torque at 4,000 rpm.