COMBINING THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: IONIQ PLUG-IN AT THE 2017 GENEVA INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW
At the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, Hyundai Motor is showcasing the IONIQ line-up with focus on the IONIQ Plug-in, due to arrive in showrooms in the UK in July. The IONIQ is the world’s first car with three electrified powertrains. The IONIQ Plug-in is the last model to be launched after the successful market introduction of the IONIQ Hybrid and Electric in the second half of 2016. The IOINQ line-up democratises technology making e-mobility more accessible to a wider audience. The IONIQ is part of Hyundai Motor’s global sustainability strategy to launch 14 eco cars until 2020 including five hybrid vehicles, four plug-in hybrid vehicles, four electric vehicles and one fuel-cell electric vehicle.
“With the launch of the IONIQ Plug-in we are completing the IONIQ family and making e-mobility more accessible for everyone.” says Jochen Sengpiehl, Vice President Marketing at Hyundai Motor Europe. “With the choice of three electrified powertrains, the IONIQ is an unique offer – with no compromise as regards to great design, driving pleasure and new connectivity features at a competitive price. It’s a car that is truly driven by e-motion.”
Since launch of the IONIQ Hybrid in the second half of 2016, the IONIQ has received thirteen European awards, with several ‘Car of the Year’ titles across Europe for its overall performance, a 2016 Red Dot design award and a five-star Euro NCAP rating in recognition of its outstanding safety.
IONIQ Plug-in combining the best of both worlds
The IONIQ Plug in combines Hyundai Motor’s new 1.6 GDI direct-injection petrol, four-cylinder engine with class-leading thermal efficiency of 40 percent delivering maximum power of 105 PS and 147 Nm of torque with a 45 kW (61 PS) electric motor that is powered by a 8.9 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery to enable electric driving range up to 63 km while reducing CO2 emission to 26 g/km* and fuel consumption to 1.1 l/100 km* (NEDC combined cycle).
Direct driver engagement and great standard safety
The IONIQ Plug-in has been engineered for optimum driving dynamics and ride comfort. Hyundai Motor’s in-house developed six-speed dual-clutch transmission enhances driver engagement while increasing efficiency. The different drive modes enhance the driving experience. The Sport Mode applies a sportier steering feel, different transmission logic and a sporty design for the 7-inch TFT digital instrument cluster.
The lightweight structure, multilink rear suspension and intelligent powertrain layout also contribute to the driving experience of the IONIQ Plug-in. Advanced active safety technologies are made accessible with Autonomous Emergency Braking including pedestrian detection, Lane Keeping Assist System and Smart Cruise Control as standard features. Additionally customers can choose Blind Spot Detection including Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
The light and rigid body features 53% Advanced High Strength Steel for better ride and handling characteristics while enhancing passive safety through high impact energy absorption and minimised distortion in the event of a collision.
Appealing design with class-leading aerodynamics
The IONIQ Plug-in’s exterior features LED headlamps and specially designed 16-inch wheels, while sharing most general details with the Hybrid, such as the front grille, the vertical C-shaped LED daytime running lights and an elegant blue or silver character line below the front and rear bumpers. The sleek aerodynamic shape of the IONIQ helps to achieve a class-leading drag coefficient of just 0.24 Cd and creates an appealing silhouette.
Connectivity and driving experience for the mobile generation
The IONIQ delivers intuitive smart connectivity and infotainment features via its eight-inch high resolution touchscreen including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless inductive charging, LIVE services for real-time traffic information as well as Hyundai Motor’s unique Lifetime MapcareTM** offering free annual map and software updates.
The IONIQ Plug-in enhanced the digital driving experience through its seven-inch digital information cluster. With a high resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels, the TFT screen displays all cluster information like the vehicle speed, drive range, navigation information, drive modes, battery status etc. Depending on the selected drive mode, the layout of instrument cluster is changing. In Sport Mode the display changes into a revolving digital speedometer surrounded by an analogue-style tachometer, indicating the engine’s rpm on red coloured background.
The IONIQ Hybrid’s electric motor delivers 32 kW (43.5 PS) with maximum torque of 170 Nm, powered by a lithium-ion-polymer battery with 1.56 kWh capacity positioned under the rear seats. In combination with the 1.6-GDI engine, IONIQ Hybrid offers a system output of 103.6 kW (141 PS) rpm and up to 265 Nm of torque accelerating to a top speed of up to 185 km/h with CO2 emissions as low as 79 g/km (combined).
The IONIQ Electric offers pure e-mobility through a 28 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery for a maximum range of over 280 km (based on NEDC). The instantly available maximum torque of 295 Nm is delivered by the electric motor with a maximum output of 88 kW (120 PS) through the single-speed reducer transmission accelerating the car up to 165 km/h.
200,000-kilometre warranty on the battery
In addition to the industry-leading Five Years Unlimited Mileage Warranty, Hyundai Motor includes an enhanced package for customers who opt for the IONIQ, adding an eight-year, 200,000-kilometre warranty on the high-voltage battery. Together with a comprehensive list of standard features and a competitive price, the IONIQ Plug-in provides unique value among alternative-powertrain cars.
Thomas Schmid, Chief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Europe, says: “Since the successful European launch of the IONIQ Hybrid and Electric in autumn of 2016, we are continuing to electrify Europe with the introduction of the IONIQ Plug-in. It is another step towards our goal to launch 14 eco cars until 2020 worldwide to reduce emissions and to make future mobility more appealing to a wider audience.”
* Fuel efficiency, CO2 emissions and driving range data is provisional, subject to homologation.
**Lifetime MapCare™ is the commercial term of Hyundai’s subscription to MapCare™ programme by which annual map updates will be provided for the eligible Hyundai vehicles for a minimum period of ten years after the model’s end of production.