Hyundai i30 is The First of Many Hybrids Heading Towards Launch

Hyundai Ioniq range of cars are set to get launched in the next few years and almost all of them will be powered by the hybrid technology.

As part of the initiative, the Hyundai i30 hatchback is also set to join the list.

The i30 is scheduled to get launched in 2017. The brand witnessed phenomenal success with their i10 and i20 hatchback in specific regions. Following the success, the company is ready to launch the new hatchback which will be a hybrid version. It is part of the Ioniq initiative and is set to be powered by hybrid models. At least six different cars are set to get launched in the next four years, many of them will be hybrids and plug-in hybrid models.

The automobile manufacturer is heading towards their goal to meet the EU emission regulations before 2020. The Ioniq models were first launched at the Geneva motor show held in March this year. The brand confirmed that they are going to build three different electric cars in the same body shell and platform. First in the lot is the Toyota Prius powered by a hybrid powertrain and there will be another version with a plug-in hybrid. It will be the Prius plug-in version. The top of the line will be the full electric version of the Prius.

If things go as planned, the Toyota Prius will be a direct competitor for the Nissan Leaf. Nissan has been taking drastic steps to ensure they create a stronghold in the market. They are working on ways to implement electric powered cars with self-driving capability so that humans no longer have to worry about transportation. While Toyota or Hyundai is not taking such drastic measures, they are aiming to push the mile range of their cars to the maximum possible extent.

Tesla with their Model 3 car priced at $35,000 has already confirmed that they will be offering 200 miles on a single charge. It is the new benchmark for all modern day hatchbacks and sedans to be powered by electric engines. Hyundai is developing hydrogen fuel cell set to increase their car’s range. They are also considering new platforms which are lightweight, durable and have enough space for batteries to be mounted without compromising on legroom.

The Ioniq brand’s launches will be spread throughout the years and Hyundai may complete its hybrid launches by 2020 before focusing on autonomous driving tech.

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