The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq is getting ready to be debuted at the New York auto show which also happens to be its official launch in the North American region.
The electric car has generated interest among people because of its emission free, fuel efficiency combined with an amazing design.
For starters, the Ioniq series of cars will be offered as hybrids and plug-in hybrids as well as fully electric vehicles. While the focus will be more on hybrids at the moment, Hyundai aims to make the series totally electric in the next three years once the technology becomes mainstream. It is designed to be a competitor for the Toyota Prius. The model is powered by a 1.6-liter I 4 direct injected engine which has been fused to a 1.56 kWh lithium ion battery powered electric motor. When both of them works in unison, they deliver a total of 139 horsepower with 173 lb feet of torque.
Hyundai has skipped their usual CVT which is now replaced by a six speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. For longer mile range, the PHEV model of the Ioniq car uses a bigger 8.9 kWh battery but even with the boosted battery power, it delivers a meager 30 miles on full charge. There’s the last but the most important fully electric vehicle from the brand. It has a 28 kWh lithium ion battery, the powerful offering of them all designed to offer a decent distance of 155 miles per charge. The only problem that Hyundai might face is from competitors like Chevrolet, Toyota and the upcoming Model 3 from Tesla which is supposedly cheaper yet offering 250 miles per charge.
The fully electric Hyundai Ioniq renders 118 horsepower and has 217 lb feet of torque. Safety features are aplenty in almost every next gen models. Available features include rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, collision warning, blind sport warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control. These are available in all three variants making Ioniq a safe bet for every buyer irrespective of the variant they pick. All cars support Android Auto and Apple Car Play.
Hyundai has plans to live stream the event. The launch takes place at the New York auto show which starts on March 25th. Ioniq should be debuted within three days of the main event. Pricing and details related to its availability in North America will be announced at the auto expo.