Hyundai IONIQ Electric To Hit Showrooms In April, PHEV IONIQ In Q4 2017
At a media event in Santa Barbara, California, Hyundai execs announced that the IONIQ Electric will hit U.S. showrooms this April. Meanwhile, the plug-in hybrid version of IONIQ will be in dealerships in Q4 2017.
Despite previous reports (including ours with intel from Mike O’Brien, vice president-product planning for Hyundai Motor America) stating that the IONIQ Electric would be in dealerships as early as this week, it seems April is now when we’ll see the first IONIQ Electric sales in the U.S.
These conflicting reports could well come from the fact that there are three variants of one model. Indeed, one variant did hit dealerships this week in the U.S. That’s the IONIQ Hybrid variant, which doesn’t plug in, so it’s of no interest to us.
The updated timeline for sales of 124-Mile IONIQ Electric that’s priced from $29,500 in the U.S. is now sometime in April, as confirmed by Hyundai execs at the media event. That’s at least a slight delay from the promised “coming this winter” stance taken by Hyundai back in January 2017. The new note should be “coming this spring.”
As for the PHEV version of IONIQ, it’s perhaps a bit pushed back too as Q4 2017 and coming “summer” don’t necessarily line up either. Furthermore, we’re told that the PHEV IONIQ is still only in prototype form, so perhaps there’s more work than we’d expect still to be done.