Hyundai Releases More IONIQ Teasers

JAN 8 2016 BY MARK KANE 15

Hyundai IONIQ hybrid - interior

Hyundai IONIQ hybrid – interior

Hyundai revealed new images and some details on its upcoming Ioniq hybrid (hybrid is the first of three versions that will be launched over the next year – the other two are plug-in hybrid and all-electric).

The non-rechargeable hybrid isn’t the car that we’re looking forward to, but it does have some similarities to plug-ins – from design and interior, to new architecture and power train parts like lithium-ion polymer batteries.

To save weight, Hyundai will use Advanced High Strength Steel (structure elements) and lightweight aluminum (non-structural bodywork).

Batteries in the hybrid will be placed under the rear seats. We don’t know where Hyundai will place larger battery packs for the plug-in hybrid and all-electric Ioniq, but we do know they will be second generation cells, whatever that entails.

The engine in the hybrid is the new 1.6-liter Kappa GDi and the Korean company states that it has the world’s highest 40% thermal efficiency, combined with permanent magnetic electric motor.

Press blast:

IONIQ: A Leap Forward for Hybrid Vehicles

– Hyundai Motor reveals technical innovations underpinning its evolved hybrid system
– Lightweight, high-strength architecture delivers a fun, responsive drive
– Next generation drivetrain efficiencies achieve class-leading fuel economy
– Electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid powertrains available in a single body type, a world first

January 7, 2015 – Following its unveiling to domestic media at Hyundai Motor’s Namyang R&D Center in South Korea, details have been confirmed of the IONIQ – the next generation of hybrid vehicles.

Rag Jung, Head of Project Management Division at Hyundai Motor R&D Center said, “IONIQ embodies Hyundai Motor’s new thinking and bold ambitions for the future. This world-class dedicated hybrid will be the starting point of our future mobility.”

Lightweight engineering from a dedicated design

Hyundai IONIQ hybrid - All New Architecture

Hyundai IONIQ hybrid – All New Architecture

Built on a chassis created specifically to carry the world’s first choice of three efficient and ultra-low emission powertrains, the IONIQ boasts 53% Advanced High Strength Steel combined cleverly with lightweight aluminum. The new model saves 12.6kg (45%) of weight by casting non-structural bodywork from aluminum, such as the hood, tailgate and suspension components. Where crash structure or energy absorption is necessary, the structure features Advanced High Strength Steel that can withstand significant collision forces.

The new model was created with dynamic ride and handling at its core, a characteristic that sets the IONIQ apart from other hybrid vehicles. Positioning the car’s batteries low and forward achieves a low center of gravity that enables highly responsive, stable cornering. The IONIQ furthers its handling prowess with dual lower arm multi-link suspension fitted at the rear.

Inside IONIQ: the evolved hybrid system

Hyundai IONIQ hybrid - The Advanced Hybrid System

Hyundai IONIQ hybrid – The Advanced Hybrid System

The full IONIQ range will feature a choice of electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid powertrains, a world first for a single model. At the unveiling in Korea, details were shared for the first version to come to market – the hybrid.

With the world’s highest thermal efficiency (40%), the new 1.6-liter Kappa GDi engine developed exclusively for Hyundai Motor’s hybrid engines, combines with the permanent magnetic electric motor to deliver maximum outputs of 105ps and 43.5ps – engine and motor respectively.

Within the engine, class-leading thermal efficiency of 40% is achieved, while the head and block is split for optimized cooling. Plus, the 200 bar high pressure 6-hole direct fuel injector further improves fuel consumption and CO₂ emissions.

Alongside this, the Lithium Ion Polymer Battery delivers outstanding charge and discharge performance, optimizing output from the high voltage motor and allowing for rapid regeneration. Controlling power distribution is a hybrid-exclusive Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), which presents a dynamic driving experience unique to IONIQ. Class-leading power transmission efficiency of 95.7% delivers a prompt response, acceleration performance and smooth gear changes to delight drivers with handling alongside the hybrid’s efficiency.

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That 40% thermal efficiency matches the claims from the 2017 Prius. However I highly doubt it would come close to the Prius in real world. Hyundai still tend to overstate HP and torque figures along with mpg. We’ll find out soon enough.

In Europe, PHEV’s are doing really good those last months. Quite unexpected I must say as those are still very expensive and have (as most know here) very short EV ranges. This one should be imported here.

Die to fiscale benefits which ended in 2015. All lease cars. mostly VW egolf and Audi a3 etron

Not egolf, should be gte

The good thing about Hyundai is that sell throughout the world and build both RHD & LHD cars. Good looking car that should sell well.

Yup, I’ve just learned that Hyundai-Kia have come to totally dominate the new auto market in Israel.
I’m sure it happens in a lot of other places that are not quite as wealthy as North America or Western Europe, but want to feel that way.

Good value cars all in all. Good to see them taking EVs seriously.

Israel has a higher GDP per capita than Japan or Italy.

More than Japan??? your source please

Data from IMF, UN, and World Bank show Israel above Japan

Yeah I really don’t see where they intend to place the batteries for a BEV version. Looking at the frame in that press release, there is no provision for a flat battery pack, since the footwells go down on either side of the muffler/tranny tunnel. Maybe they intend to stick it in the recessed square in the trunk area?

The ICE VW Golf 7 has a similar chassis and they managed to make room for the battery in the EV version.

All things being equal, a BEV without a flat floor has a huge disadvantage compared to one with a skateboard chassis. I own a LEAF and would happily give up the centre console and have the battery disconnect there rather than under the stupid hump in the rear passenger area. What a waste of space.

Dear Hyundai,
We eagerly await your IONIC BEV.
Just remember, the Tesla Model 3 will be announced in a couple months.

The World.


With Bolt expected at 225 miles, the IONIC should be about the same. But expect Model 3 to be closer to 350 miles but cost about the same. I expect Tesla will leverage the $80k+ cost of Model S and X against the 3 to keep it’s price competitive.

But can’t wait until March to see the 3.

Well really, the “maths” don’t support a full 225 for the Bolt EV on EPA (but due to its sizing, no doubt one would easily be able to achieve this in the city)…but if you are hoping for close in the IONIC, you will be very disappointed.

This a real mid-size car in the buyer’s sweet spot, and Hyundai/Kia’s first foray into this space isn’t going to be this aggressive. It will have a “nice”/functional range, but nothing like 225.