The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Is Finally Here

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Judging by all the fuss surrounding the Ioniq in the past few weeks, you could say this was the most-awaited car to hit the hybrid vehicles market. Now, it was finally revealed to domestic media in South Korea, and more details about Hyundai’s step forward towards green car market domination were released.
The car has been developed from scratch, on a new platform and on a chassis specially created to carry the three electrified, efficient and ultra-low emission powertrains.

The Ioniq is made from 53% Advanced High Strength Steel combined with lightweight aluminum, and it saves even more weight, 12.6 kg to be more precise, by casting non-structural bodywork from aluminum, such as the hood, tailgate or suspension components.

Even though the carmaker wanted to keep the car’s weight to a minimum, safety comes first, and where a crash structure or energy absorption was necessary, an Advanced High Strength Steel was used, which is strong enough to withstand significant collision forces.

The new vehicle from Hyundai is a hybrid, no doubt about it, but who said these cars can't be fun to drive? To make sure this happens, the Ioniq is apparently different from other hybrid vehicles because it embodies dynamic ride and handling, and by positioning the batteries low and forward, the car has a lower center of gravity, which means better responsiveness and cornering. The vehicle’s better handling is due to the dual lower arm multi-link suspension fitted at the rear.

According to Rag Jung, Head of Project Management Division at Hyundai Motor's Namyang R&D Center, "Ioniq embodies Hyundai Motor's new thinking and bold ambitions for the future. This world-class dedicated hybrid will be the starting point of our future mobility."

At the unveiling in South Korea, more details about the three powertrains of the new Ioniq were also revealed. The entire range will feature a choice of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric drivetrains, which is, according to Hyundai, a world’s first for a single model.

Under the hood sits the new 1.6-liter Kappa GDi engine that, combined with the permanent magnetic electric motor, delivers maximum outputs of 105 ps and 47 ps, engine and motor respectively. The power unit is said to have a class-leading thermal efficiency of 40% thanks to the split block and head for optimized cooling. On the other hand, the 200 bar high pressure 6-hole direct fuel injector improves fuel consumption and keeps emissions to the lowest level.

All three versions of the Ioniq have Lithium Ion Polymer Batteries that deliver better charge and discharge performance, optimizing output from the high voltage motor and allowing for rapid regeneration.

The power is sent to the wheels through a hybrid-exclusive Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT), that delivers a prompt response, acceleration performance, and smooth gear changes.

As it has been already launched in South Korea, the Ioniq is expected to reach Europe at the Geneva International Motor Show, and the U.S. at the New York Auto Show, both in March 2016.
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