Hyundai IONIQ announced
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8th December, 2015
- Electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid powertrains available in a single body type, a world first
- The IONIQ breaks hybrid stereotype by delivering entertaining drive alongside class-leading fuel economy and
- Global launch set for January 2016 in Korea, followed by Geneva and New York motor shows during March
- Important step as Hyundai works to be a global eco-friendly car market leader
- IONIQ will launch in Australia in the second half of 2016, starting with the petrol/electric hybrid
Hyundai has announced the name of its advanced, alternative-fuel compact vehicle due for launch in 2016: the Hyundai
IONIQ. The car will be available with electric, plug-in petrol/electric hybrid, or petrol/electric hybrid powertrains –
the first car from any manufacturer to offer customers these three powertrain options in a single body type.
As part of Hyundai’s ambition to chart the direction of future mobility, while enhancing the lives of its customers,
the IONIQ responds to rapidly changing customer lifestyles by breaking the mould for hybrid vehicles. As the world’s
first model to offer customers the choice of three 'eco-friendly' powertrains, the IONIQ combines class-leading fuel
efficiency with a fun, responsive drive and attractive design, a unique mix not achieved by all hybrid vehicles.
Woong-Chul Yang, Head of Hyundai Motor R&D Centre said, “Hyundai Motor has a heritage of building innovative,
fuel-efficient vehicles, so we are proud to advance our eco-friendly car line-up with the introduction of IONIQ. Our
vision for future mobility focuses on choice, with 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 and future mobility; IONIQ is the fruit of our efforts.”
The new car’s name references elements of its development. An ion is an electrically-charged atom, linking to the
car’s clever combination of electrified powertrains. The second part of the name references the unique offering it brings
to the Hyundai range, demonstrating the brand’s environmental commitment and willingness to maximise choice for its
customers. Finally, the Q is depicted in the car’s logo as a visual breakthrough, acknowledging the fresh new approach of
this advanced, low-emission model.
Based on an exclusive new platform, made specifically for the car’s multi-powertrain options, the IONIQ chassis is
optimised to deliver responsive handling while remaining efficient in each of its three powertrain configurations. In its
fully-electric (EV) form, the IONIQ is powered by a high capacity, ultra-efficient lithium ion battery. The plug-in
hybrid (PHEV) version combines a fuel-efficient energy with battery power obtained by charging the car with electricity,
boosting its range while cutting its emissions. Finally, the hybrid (HEV) utilises the petrol engine and motion of the
car to charge the on-board battery, which returns enhanced efficiency by supplementing the engine’s power.
Hyundai is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of hybrid vehicles and is committed to a future vehicle line-up
comprising low- to zero-emission vehicles. This latest leap forward builds on Hyundai’s heritage of world-first
environmental developments. In 2013, Hyundai became the first car manufacturer to mass-produce a hydrogen-fuelled
vehicle, the ix35 Fuel Cell.
Following its world premiere in Korea in January, the IONIQ is due to be shown at the Geneva and New York motor shows,
both in March 2016.
IONIQ will launch in Australia in the second half of 2016, starting with the petrol/electric hybrid powertrain.
Hyundai Motor Company Australia is also keen to secure the plug-in petrol/electric hybrid variant for down under, when it
is launched globally, however the business case is still under review.
Pricing and specification will be confirmed closer to the local launch next year.
Specifications are subject to change without notice.