Ahead of its launch in March at the Geneva Auto Show, Hyundai released official photos and technical details on its groundbreaking 2017 Ioniq. This multi-mode 4-door liftback will be the world’s first to offer buyers the choice of full EV, gas-electric hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrain configurations. In presenting the Ioniq at the Hyundai Motor R&D Center in Namyang, Korea, Rag Jung, Head of Project Management Division at the facility noted: “This world-class dedicated hybrid will be the starting point of our future mobility.”

Unique platform, unique powertrain

As indicated in our earlier Ionic report, this forward-looking Hyundai is built on a new, dedicated platform that mixes high-strength steel and aluminum to generate a strong, rigid and lightweight structure that also provides excellent crash protection. The design team also focused on giving the Ioniq superior dynamics by mounting the battery pack low and forward in the floor and using a strut-type front and a multilink rear suspension.

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Save for differing front fascia treatments, all versions of the new Ioniq share the same sleek bodywork with a class-leading 0.24 coefficient of drag. Both the Hybrid and Plug-in carry blue accent trim, but the Ioniq EV uses copper-colored elements “to signify electricity flowing through its interior.” While we’re not quite sure what that really means, we do know the Ioniq’s stylish cabin includes a 7.0-inch TFT instrument cluster, state-of-the art connectivity with Android Auto, Apple Car Play and Tom Tom live services along with wireless smartphone charging capability. It also will offer Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist System, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Smart Cruise Control.

EV version with 155-mile range

The EV version of the new Hyundai Ioniq is fitted with a 118 horsepower electric motor that develops a solid 218 lb-ft of torque sent to the front wheels via a single-speed reducer transmission and gives the Ioniq EV a top speed of 103 mph. Energizing the motor is a 28kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack with sufficient capacity to enable the Ionic EV to travel up to 155 miles on a single charge.

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Beneath the Ioniq Hybrid's aluminum hood is a purpose-modified version of the firm's 4-cylinder Kappa GDI 1.6-liter that attains a benchmark 40-percent thermal efficiency and turns out 104 horsepower. It’s paired with a permanent magnet electric motor that makes 43 ponies and operates at a stellar 95-percent efficiency level. Collectively, the two produce 146 horses and 234 lb-ft of torque which is channeled to the front wheels via a hybrid-exclusive 6-speed dual-clutch transmission that functions at 95.7-percent efficiency. Capable of reaching a 115 mph top speed, the Hybrid has a motor fed by a 1.56kWh lithium-ion polymer battery positioned under the rear seat. The Ioniq Plug-in uses the same 1.6-liter GDI engine but matches it with a 60-horse motor teamed with an 8.9kWh battery that Hyundai says will provide up to 31 miles of EV cruising range.

Expect more details on the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq to be released in the months ahead, including the formal rollout schedule for each version.

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