Though the Geneva Auto Show was dominated by super and hyper
cars, there were a number of more sensible automobiles on
display. One such model was Hyundai’s latest trio of green
cars. Hyundai has released perhaps the car that is going to
finally give the poster child of hybrids, the Toyota Prius a
run for its “green” cash.
Hyundai becomes the first automaker to offer a vehicle with
hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric variants in one body.
The model is named the “ 2017 Hyundai Ioniq ”. It is based on a
dedicated platform designed to offer a variety of alternative
powertrains as well as be lightweight and provide fun when
driving. This was achieved through excessive use of
high-strength steel and aluminum which is complemented by a
multi-link suspension at the rear.
The vehicle is currently on display at the Geneva Auto Show. It
will be introduced in the US during the New York Auto Show
later in the year.
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Exterior
The vehicle looks simple but elegant far from the fussy look
Toyota used on the Prius. On closer examination, you will
discover that Hyundai has cleverly mixed design cues of the
Prius and the Honda Insight to come up with a unique design of
The design minimizes wind resistance and improves its
aerodynamics. The model posts a very low coefficient of drag at
0.24 making the model one of the most aerodynamic cars on the
market. Generally, its size is similar to that of the Prius but
it adds short overhangs and hatchback shape on the rear. It
also features high rear fenders.
The Ioniq features a conventional front fascia similar to other
Hyundai cars. Its other features include a chrome lower window
trim and black insert and two-tone 15-inch or 17-inch alloy
wheels. The model will be offered in a number of trims which is
better than settling for a unitary look across the lineup like
the Prius. It will be offered in 9 exterior colors.
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Interior
Sliding inside the Ioniq cabin, you will find a smooth, elegant
and clean cabin. The seats are heated with a memory function
for the driver’s seat. Rear seats have a split folding
The cabin is offered in Lava Stone and Afternoon Breeze
interior color choices. It features a 7.0-inch touch-screen
display and offers easy access to its infotainment system. The
infotainment system integrates Apple CarPlay and AndroidAuto
which allow for Smartphone integration and wireless charging.
The cabin also features wireless inductive charging for mobile
phones. It features a thin-film instrument cluster which
displays its gauges and information on battery, fuel economy,
speed and other information.
The interior also features a sophisticated dual-zone climate
control system which can be adjusted to save energy. The
vehicle also features Hyundai’s Eco-Driving Assistant System
which helps check current traffic levels and assesses driving
routes set on the navigation system on the go. It also enables
for efficient battery charging based on the road conditions and
promotes efficient coasting by displaying information on
changes in speed limit and traffic.
In terms of cargo space, the Ioniq provides 750 liters of space
with its rear seats folded.
For safety, the Ioniq features 7 airbags, stability and
traction control, autonomous braking, blind-spot monitoring,
cross traffic warning, lane departure warning, forward
collision warning, tire pressure monitoring and adaptive cruise
control among others.
Engine Specs and Performance
Under the hood, 2017 Hyundai Ioniq has gone a step ahead of the
Prius. The hybrid and plug-in hybrid models feature a 1.6 L
Kappa 4-cylinder gasoline engine rated at 104 hp and 108 lb-ft
of torque. The engine combines with an electric motor rated at
43 hp to produce a total of 139 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque.
The electric motor is backed by a 1.56 kWh battery pack while
the plug-in model is backed by a bigger battery pack (8.9 kWh)
which increases the motor’s power to 60 hp. The automaker
didn’t say whether the combined output for the plug-in will
change. The drive-trains are mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch
transmission system. The PHV will have an all electric range of
The automaker didn’t say whether the combined output for the
plug-in will change. The drive-trains are mated to a 6-speed
dual clutch transmission system. The PHV will have an all
electric range of 31 miles.
Switching over to the pure EV Ioniq, Hyundai did not reveal the
specs of its motor and its lithium-ion battery pack. However,
the automaker revealed that the vehicle’s electric motor will
produce 118 hp and 218 lb-ft of torque. The automaker also
claims that the EV will have a top speed of 103 mph. A single
charge will last for around 155 miles according to the Korean
automaker. With this range, the Ioniq outshines the Nissan
Leaf and Ford Focus Electric.
Price and release date
Hyundai didn’t announce the price of the Ioniq during the
launch. However, we believe the automaker will try to
undercut the 2015 Toyota Prius which starts at $ 24,200. The
price will be announced near the sale date which is scheduled
to be sometimes in the second half of 2016.
The Hyundai will have an uphill task trying to wrestle
customers out of the Toyota Prius
Chevrolet Volt and Honda Insight will also pose some
competition. The EV will compete with Nissan Leaf and Ford