Hyundai to unveil full IONIQ line of electrified vehicles at Geneva

The Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid are centered on a new chassis design and a ...

The Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid are centered on a new chassis design and a new 1.6-liter Kappa GDi engine with high thermal efficiency, while the new electric version of the IONIQ features 155 miles of range (Credit: Hyundai)

After months of teasing, Hyundai has promised a full unveiling of its IONIQ line at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. The company will show the hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery-electric IONIQ vehicles, which are expected to enter the market in 2016.

Hyundai began teasing the IONIQ in December last year before an initial unveiling of the hybrid version of the car in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The IONIQ Hybrid will be the first to market and is centered on a new chassis design and a new 1.6-liter Kappa GDi engine with what the company describes as class leading thermal efficiency of 40 percent.

That same Kappa will be used in the IONIQ Plug-in. The engine generates 104 horsepower (77 kW) and 57 pound-feet (147 Nm) of torque. A six-speed double-clutch transmission is also to be used in both vehicles.

Hyundai says that the Plug-in version of the IONIQ will have a 31-mile (50 km) all-electric range. The fully electric IONIQ will offer 155 miles (250 km) of range. The IONIQ Electric utilizes a 28 kWh lithium-ion-polymer battery powering an electric motor that outputs 218 pound-feet (295 Nm) of torque and 118 horsepower (295 Nm). A single-speed reducer transmission is added to the driveline to give the electric car a top speed of 103 mph (165 km/h). This is comparable to the top speeds of the hybrid versions of the IONIQ.

All three IONIQ vehicles feature advanced safety features to include Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Smart (adaptive) Cruise Control. They also include infotainment with connectivity through Android Auto and Apple Car Play as well as Tom Tom live services.

Efficiency is gained through a combination of lightweight structural design and a slippery exterior which results in a drag coefficient of 0.24. The IONIQ Hybrid targets CO2 emissions of 79 g/km (combined). The Plug-in aims for 32 g/km.

The Hyundai IONIQ line will debut in full at the Geneva Motor Show next week where Gizmag will be on the ground to bring you full coverage.

Source: Hyundai
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