This is the Hyundai Ioniq and it has the Toyota Prius squarely in its sights.
Hyundai has developed a dedicated platform for the Ioniq that can house hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure-electric drivetrains, an industry first according to Hyundai.
The hybrid versions are powered by a highly thermally efficient 1.6-litre, direct-injection petrol engine producing 104bhp and a 46bhp electric motor. A lithium ion polymer battery pack stores electrical energy. Power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed, dual-clutch gearbox.
The Ioniq’s structure is made from high-strength steel and aluminium. Non-structural elements like the bonnet, tailgate and suspension components are also made from aluminium. The battery is positioned low and forward, lowering the centre of gravity and enabling “highly responsive, stable cornering.” Multi-link rear suspension furthers enhances handling.
Inside, the dashboard architecture is broadly similar to that in other Hyundais; the interiors of rivals like the Prius and Chevrolet Volt are more adventurous, separating them from their conventionally-fueled siblings.
The Hyundai Ioniq is expected to go on sale later in 2016. Sales of hybrid and pure-electric vehicles have exploded in the UK and Europe in recent years, figures from the SMMT showing a year-on-year increase of 40% in the UK.
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By Only Motors