Hyundai Releases More Images Of Upcoming Ioniq – Which Includes BEV, PHEV


Hyundai has released a couple more images/sketches of its upcoming Ioniq, of which the company is apparently positioning to compete with the Toyota Prius, Chevy Volt and Nissan LEAF.

Ioniq Interior Sketch

Ioniq Interior Sketch

More will be revealed at the car’s official debut in South Korea, and at it’s first public appearance at the Geneva  Motor Show in March, but we know that Ioniq will come in three trim levels:

*- standard hybrid
*- plug-in hybrid
*- all-electric vehicle

No, doubt Kia will shortly follow with a rebadged version of its own.

Some iteration of the Ioniq is expected to be in production this year, with all three available in 2017.

Earlier REleased Hyundai IONIQ Exterior Teaser

Earlier REleased Hyundai IONIQ Exterior Teaser

Video below:  Some live shots of the Ioniq out testing have already surfaced, but the interior sketch (above right) is our first look inside.

Hat tip to Miha!

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22 responses to "Hyundai Releases More Images Of Upcoming Ioniq – Which Includes BEV, PHEV"
  1. R.S says:

    Looks like a practical, nice looking, concept. If the specs are right, that car might turn out to be a hot selling car. Although I am still wondering how they are going to fit 3 different drivetrain versions in that car, without compromising one or the other. But if they can figure it out, they have the ultimate green car for everyone.

  2. vdiv says:

    Don’t quite understand having both a non-plugin hybrid and a plugin one. At this time the incremental cost for the larger battery, onboard charger, and plug seems insignificant compared to the benefits.

    1. Anon says:

      This stage of car-evolution reminds me of the precambrian explosion of lifeforms on Earth.

      Nature tried a lot of different body plans, and over time, narrowed those down to the most successful ones. Seems to be happening with vehicles and drivetrains now.

      I suppose the evolutionary advantage, is that you’re able to spread your risk into exploring designs that might survive and thus, can continue the brand. *shrugs*

      1. vdiv says:

        I like that analogy 🙂 though am somewhat concerned that Darwinian evolution for vehicle electrification would be hampered by the homo sapiens clan and the whole show may come to an anthropomorphically induced catastrophic end before it has had a chance to play out.

        1. Rick says:

          So what you’re saying is … Global Warming killed the electric car?

          1. vdiv says:

            What I am saying is that we may not get a chance to see where this explosion of vehicle electrification is headed because we are killing ourselves, and therefore we may not have much time to experiment with partial solutions.

      2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        Interesting analogy, but the reason there was an “explosion” of evolutionary experimentation during the pre-Cambrian was that there were so many empty ecological niches just waiting to be exploited.

        Unfortunately, in the present case, most or all of the automobile niches are already occupied by gasmobiles. EVs will have to compete against those for survival, in a way those pre-Cambrian “weird wonders” did not.

        1. Anon says:

          EV’s, thanks mainly to Tesla, can now fill niches that many ICEmobiles have evolved to fill. The R&D being one on BEVs, will allow for an evolutionary explosion of motorized personal assistive devices, to long range heavy cargo capable trucks. Niches already filling?

          SuperCar / Sportscar? Can’t beat and EV’s instant Torque and gearless acceleration.

          SUV? Model X may be the first fully electric Sport Utility Vehicle / Crossover, but it certainly won’t be the last.

          Commuter / Touring Car? Model S proved long range, efficient, and coast to coast travel are now the current realities with successful BEVs.

          Delivery Vans? Nissan has a fully electric delivery van. More from other automakers, are on the way.

          Trucks are next on the evolutionary list, but it’s only a matter of time…

          Let the explosion and replacement of ICE Vehicles begin!

          1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

            I think it’s safe to say that EVs will eventually out-compete gasmobiles in every category, and even out-compete heavy trucks when battery tech is somewhat more advanced that it is currently.

            But EVs won’t compete by being made as compromise vehicles, like the Ioniq. They’ll out-compete gasmobiles by being no compromises vehicles, like the Tesla Model S. Hopefully the GM Bolt will be another “no compromises” vehicle, but that remains to be seen.

      3. wavelet says:

        I wish we had anything like the Pre-Cambrian Explosion… There’s a small number of vehicles models, and very few real experiments (concept cars don’t count).

        There are a total of 5 commercial purpose-built BEVs/PHEVs: LEAF, Tesla S/X, Volt, Renault Zoe.
        Everything else is either a multi-drivetrain design (e-Golf / Golf GTE) or a conversion.

        1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          You’re leaving out several vehicles. The BYD e6 is one. Even the VW XL1 is, technically, a “production” vehicle, altho an extremely limited production one.

          There are also low-speed NEVs, which can’t compete with highway-capable vehicles, but they still do qualify as experimentation on the part of EV makers.

          Let’s not forget that EVs aren’t just passenger cars. Smith Electric Vehicles is building large delivery trucks; e-bikes are proliferating like wildfire in third-world countries; and there was even a recent article here on InsideEVs about a hybrid diesel-electric train locomotive.

          So yeah, there is a lot of experimentation going on in EVs, if you actually look at the whole field, rather than restricting your vision to just the highway-capable passenger vehicle EVs sold in North America, which is all that’s listed on InsideEVs’ monthly scorecard report.

    2. liberty says:

      Prius seems to outsell all the plug-ins combined in both the US and Japanese market. There are lots of legs to hybrid still. If you design it for phev, why not make a lower priced non-plug-in with a lower cost and more cargo area.

      What is questionable is the same layout for phev/hv and bev. It seems like that may cripple the bev a little as it needs room for the engine and pollution control, versus a skateboard design like tesla, and in the future vw.

    3. jks says:

      In this day of $2 and lower gasoline prices and 13 cent and higher electric prices it doesn’t make sense to plug in for some vehicles. Math-doing PHEV owners in CA don’t plug in because gasoline is cheaper than grid power.

      1. Scott says:

        That’s a new one. I am one of those PHEV and BEV owners living in CA. I pay 8-9 cents a kWh (special EV electricity rate) and about $2.50 for gas. I get 37 mpg and I get about 31 miles per charge (13kwh). Doing the math it costs me 6.8 cents per mile to drive on gas and about 3.8 cents per mile to drive on electricity. But even using your numbers, it would cost me 5.40 cents per mile to drive on gas and 5.45 cents per mile to drive on electricity. Saving 5 cents per hundred miles of driving doesn’t make it worth the hasel

      2. Robb Stark says:

        Only morons in CA don’t plug-in their PHEVs.

        You are quoting national averages. That has nothing to with actual rates paid by Californians.

        Regular unleaded in Los Angeles has an average price of $3.12 today.

        Southern California Edison has an Electric Vehicle Plan you can charge at $0.082 per kWh between 9PM and Noon.

      3. Alan says:

        Actually, that isn’t true if someone charges at night and has a TOU rate plan … it amounts to the equivalent of $1 / gallon gas. But upfront costs may be higher on a plug-in, to pay for the battery.

  3. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    “Ioniq will come in three trim levels:

    “*- standard hybrid
    “*- plug-in hybrid
    “*- all-electric vehicle”

    It’s. A. Compromise. Car.

    Swiss army knives are convenient to carry, but they don’t actually work very well in any function.

  4. Lou says:

    I like the look of the car. The sketches suggest a mid size car, but the mini video seems to show a Volt sized car. I’d love to hear the PHEV range as well as the full BEV stats.

  5. Priusmaniac says:

    To bad they mis the BEV+Rex version like the i3.

  6. James says:

    I think Hyundai’s approach deserves merit. After all, many who comment on websites like this assume a legacy ICE car manufacturer WANTS to build electrified vehicles and envisions this as their future. Here’s a tip: THEY DON’T. These cars are the product of government mandates worldwide. Profit margins for anything electrified is going to be less than a straight, gas-powered car. This multi-powertrain + same platform and body approach gives Hyundai the flexibility to interchange powertrains that are selling best and making the company the most profit while building the “adequate” amount of electrified models needed to fill out those mandates laid down by governments – like C.A.F.E. and C.A.R.B. here in the ‘States.

    Being that this is from scratch – it beats attempts by Hyundai’s competitors to electrify existing platforms designed purely for ICE powertrains. This way, accomdations for battery pack, ICE and gas tank can be strategically located as to best suite practical use of each vehicle.

    If the price of gas skyrockets, and the need for more hybrid and PHEV Ioniqs grows, Hyundai can adjust production accordingly.

    This also works for Hyundai, which is smaller than most of it’s competitors. Companies like Toyota had the extra money to burn to fund side projects like HSD ( Hybrid Synergy Drive ) and to place it in at least one proprietary vehicle ( body and interior, at least ). At that, Ford and Toyota narrowly avoided a long, expensive drawn out legal battle over who had the rights to HSD by negotiating a compromise. Not exactly the same friendly-sounding, mutually-benefitting arraingment that seems to be taking shape quickly between GM and Honda with Voltec.

    1. PVH says:

      It seems you understand what running a business is about.

    2. Robb Stark says:

      But those regulations will become increasingly stringent.

      What seems smart for the next 4 years is quite stupid for the next 8 plus years.

      Building an all new platform obsolete in ~4 years is quite stupid.

      Honda has said it will no longer be able to sell ICEv in China by 2025. That it will be able to sell ICEv in China in 2023 is quite optimistic.