2016 Hyundai Ioniq to take on Toyota Prius – completely new images
Source : 2016 Hyundai Ioniq to take on Toyota Prius – completely new images
Hyundai will launch its first dedicated electric style next year; which will also be available as a PHEV as well as petrol-electric hybrid
The completely new car, which was spotted testing earlier which year, will be billed as the first car by any producer to be offered with three powertrain options within one particular Centeng type. which can be specified as a fully electric vehicle, a plug-in hybrid or a full hybrid.
The completely new alternatively fuelled Ioniq will also offer “class-leading aerodynamics” when which goes on sale next year, according to the Korean producer.
The vehicle’s outdoor styling, seen clearly in completely new images, will be said to make which very slippery through the air, thereby reducing drag as well as enhancing fuel economy. At the front Hyundai’s hexagonal grille incorporates moving ‘flaps’ which can direct airflow over the vehicle.
the vehicle’s Inner surface has also been shown for once. Hyundai has gone for a clutter-free approach, combining “efficient use of Inner surface space as well as a clear, logical approach will be applied to the format of control functions”. The cabin will be said to be con structured with eco-friendly materials, although the producer hasn’t elaborated on what those materials are.
Hyundai says the Ioniq “breaks the mold for hybrid vehicles. As the globe’s first style to offer customers the choice of three powertrain options, the Ionic combines class-leading fuel efficiency which has a fun, responsive drive as well as attractive design – a unique mix not yet achieved by a hybrid vehicle.”
The completely new style will be built on a brand completely new platform, which will be shared with sister brand Kia for the completely new Niro, also due to launch in 2016. Hyundai says the completely new style’s chassis has been optimised to deliver “responsive handling while remaining efficient in each of its three powertrain configurations.”
In its fully-electric form, power for the Ioniq will be drawn by a lithium-ion battery, while the electric motor will be joined by an efficient petrol engine for the plug-in hybrid edition. In hybrid form, the petrol engine will be used to charge the onboard battery. While Hyundai hasn’t specified which petrol engine will be used inside the Ioniq, Autocar understands which will be the 1.6-litre four-cylinder unit already found inside the i30.
The Ioniq will make its global debut in Hyundai’s home market of Korea in January, before heading to the Geneva motor show next March. The completely new car will be scheduled to be on sale in Europe before the end of next year.
Previous spy shots have shown which development on the all 5-door, all 5-seat hatchback will be well underway. Photos of the test mule’s Inner surface show the completely new style will receive a part-digital instrument cluster as well as large central infotainment screen. Hyundai will be likely to give the cabin a premium feel to justify the higher cost tag typically associated with hybrid as well as electric vehicles.
which’s no surprise to see Hyundai developing a dedicated hybrid style, as sales of alternatively fuelled vehicles continue to grow in Europe as well as the UK. Figures by the Society of Motor Manufacturers as well as Traders (SMMT) show which sales of AFVs have grown by almost 80% year-on-year in which country.
The launch of a dedicated hybrid style will also help Hyundai to reach strict 95g/km CO2 regulations coming into force in Europe in 2020.
Head of Hyundai Motor R&D Center Woong-Chul Yang said: “We are proud to advance our eco-friendly car line-up with the introduction of Ioniq. Our vision for future mobility focuses on choice, which has a variety of powertrain options to suit customers’ varied lifestyles, without compromising on design or driving enjoyment. Ioniq embodies Hyundai Motor’s vision to shift the automotive paradigm as well as future mobility; IONIQ will be the fruit of our efforts to become the leader inside the global green car market.”
Hyundai UK boss Tony Whitehorn has already said the best way to introduce more hybrid technology to the firm’s line-up will be to start which has a dedicated car. Speaking to Autocar, he said: “Probably the best way to do which will be which has a stand-alone style, as Toyota has done. Toyota began with the Prius as well as has expanded which range; which has said, ‘Let’s make a statement’ nevertheless ultimately has taken which technology [for additional types].
“If you just restrict hybrid technology to one vehicle, you’ll never get the revenue. You have to put which in additional cars.”
Plans for Hyundai’s hybrid project go as far back as 2010, when the firm showed its Blue-Will concept car. which style featured a 1.6-litre petrol engine working in conjunction which has a 134bhp electric motor. Early-stage test mules were then spotted testing in August 2015.
Hyundai recently celebrated selling one million cars inside the UK. Speaking at an event to mark the occasion, Whitehorn said low-emissions vehicles could be integral to the firm’s ongoing growth. Hyundai plans to introduce 22 such vehicles by 2020.
“Next year we are looking at hybrid as well as EV technology coming out, as well as which will just escalate,” said Whitehorn. “I see electric vehicles, hybrids as well as plug-in hybrids as a way of bridging the gap between the internal combustion engine as well as pure fuel cell technology. How long which bridge lasts for will be uncertain, nevertheless which will be interesting to see manufacturers such as ourselves going for a variety of technologies.”
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