It’s a given fact that everyone wants to arrive in style, each to their own of course, but when driving a Hyundai you can rest assured style is guaranteed!! When Hyundai announced its plans of introducing a new eco-friendly car to its catalogue, the idea was received with considerable enthusiasm and anticipation.
While sparks were flying around the timing of Hyundai’s new green car launch, the announcement of it’s name, the Hyundai Ioniq, in the latter part of 2015 re-ignited the anticipation of the next fuel-compact vehicle to come to the market. In itself, the naming of the car was ultimately significant in that it references a combination of the 2 elements of its creation. ‘Ion’, an electrically charged atom, refers to the car’s electrified powertrains, while the ‘iq’ is in reference to the unique appeal and offering that this fuel-efficient, first of it’s kind vehicle adds to the Hyundai range. Released recently by the Korean manufacturer, a few teaser images show a stylish car in a class of its own:
What makes the Ioniq special is that it is the first car in the world to offer 3 electrified powertrain options. These are:
- Standard hybrid
- Plug-in hybrid
- Full electric
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The Ioniq is set to launch in early 2016 and will give the Toyota Prius, Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt some noteworthy competition. The Ioniq will make a January debut in Korea, followed by an appearance in March at the Geneva Motor Show and lastly at the New York Auto Show. With its sleek design made possible by its hexagonal grille, outwardly extending gloss-black element and new c-position, the Ioniq is sure to turn heads and wheels. The interior of the car is described as cluster-free, spacious and stylish too.
While there details are still scarce on the full electric model, it is said that the hybrid and plug-in models will feature the following:
- 1.6 litre 4-cylinder engine
- Approximately 103 horsepower
- 108 pound-ft torque
- 6-speed dual clutch automatic transmission
- Lithium-ion polymer battery unit
As soon as we know more – you’ll be the first to know! What do you think of the Hyundai Ioniq’s design and style? We’d love to know what you think.