Hyundai’s new Ioniq offers three ways to go electric – it’s available in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric versions.
The Ioniq Hybrid and Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid both feature a 1.6-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gas engine that delivers 104 hp and 109 ft-lb of torque, along with a six-speed double-clutch transmission. The Hybrid sports a 32 kW (43 hp) electric motor and a 1.56 kWh battery. The Hybrid Blue version has an EPA-estimated 58 mpg combined rating, which Hyundai says is the highest rating of any non-plug-in vehicle in the US market.
The Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid rocks with a 45 kW (60 hp) motor and an 8.9 kWh battery. Electric range is estimated at 27 miles.
The Ioniq Electric is the thoroughbred in the stable. Its motor delivers 88 kW (118 hp) of power and 218 ft-lb of torque, and is mated to a single-speed reduction-gear transmission. A 28 kWh battery supports an estimated range of 124 miles. Hyundai says its EPA-estimated 136 MPGe is the highest efficiency rating of any EV on the US market. DC fast charging is standard.
The Ioniq lineup takes lightweighting to a new level. Aluminum parts in the hood and tailgate reduce weight by 27 lbs compared with conventional steel. Unlike other hybrids, the Ioniq Hybrid does without a lead-acid auxiliary 12 V battery, which saves about 26 pounds. Extensive use of aluminum in the suspension saves around 22 lbs compared with conventional materials.
“Ioniq will attract an entirely new group of eco- and efficiency-oriented buyers in the US market,” said Mike O’Brien, VP of Corporate and Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “With outstanding powertrain flexibility, design, connectivity, and advanced technologies, Ioniq meets the needs of a large and growing group of buyers needing a highly efficient, enjoyable to drive, low-emissions vehicle without compromise to their daily lifestyles.”
The Hybrid and Electric versions are beginning to arrive at US dealerships now, and the Plug-in Hybrid version is expected in late summer. All models will be available to order in all 50 states, although Hyundai says it will not “actively market” each model nationwide. In addition to sales and leasing, Hyundai plans to offer the Electric version (in California only) through a subscription-based service called Ioniq Unlimited.
The Ioniq Unlimited program includes unlimited mileage, charging costs, scheduled maintenance, and replacement costs for “wear items” in a single monthly payment, and is available for either a 24- or 36-month term.
The Ioniq Hybrid starts at $23,035, and comes in three trim levels. The Ioniq Electric starts at $30,335. A Limited trim level starts at $33,335.