Hyundai has staged the North American premiere of the Ioniq trio at the 2016 New York Auto Show.
Hyundai’s latest green vehicle, the Ioniq family, is making its first appearance in the United States. All three versions of the model are on display in New York, featuring a similar design with some minor aerodynamic changes for the EV modification.
Starting with the Ioniq Hybrid, it gets a 1.6-litre Kappa direct-injection gasoline unit working on the Atkinson cycle with thermal efficiency of 40 percent. It delivers 109 horsepower and 109 pound-feet of torque and is being supported by a 43 hp (32 kW) electric motor, powered by a lithium-ion polymer battery with 1.56-kWh capacity. The system output for the model stands at 139 hp.
Next is the Plug-In Hybrid that gains a larger 8.9-kWh lithium-ion polymer battery, which enables an all-electric range in excess of 40 kilometres. This version uses the same 1.6-litre engine, but features a more powerful 60 hp electric motor.
Both the Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid versions are equipped with an automatic transmission with two clutches and six speeds. It uses low-friction bearings and low-viscosity transmission oil, and is able to achieve a “unique mix of driving performance and fuel efficiency.”
Last but not least, the Ioniq Electric is a pure electric vehicle with a 28-kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. Interestingly, the estimated driving range is 175 km, which is significantly less than the 240 km for the European model. The EV has an estimated maximum output of 120 hp and 215 lb-ft of torque that is channeled to the wheels through a single-speed reduction gear transmission.
The Ioniq trio offers a variety of safety and assistance systems such as emergency braking, lane departure warning system, smart cruise control, and lane keeping assist system. Supporting better fuel efficiency, the ECO-DAS (Eco-Driving Assistant System) assesses the driving route set in the satellite navigation system and current traffic levels and enables the “most efficient battery charging or extra motor assistance as required by the predicted road conditions.”
“Ioniq will attract an entirely new group of eco- and efficiency-oriented buyers in the U.S. market,” Mike O’Brien, vice president of corporate and product planning at Hyundai, commented. “With outstanding powertrain flexibility, design, connectivity, and advanced technologies, Ioniq meets the needs of a large and growing group of buyers needing a highly efficient, low-emissions vehicle without compromise to their daily lifestyles.”