Information on the upcoming Hyundai Ioniq is starting to roll in, though most of it has been little more than hearsay for now. Today, however, Hyundai has officially unveiled a full teaser sketch of the green rig and even gave us the first glimpse at its interior.
The sketch of the exterior reveals a design that is clearly all about function over form, as there are no over-the-top features that often plague alternative-energy vehicles. The image shows a sedan that hosts all of Hyundai’s key design cues, like the hexagonal grille with aero flaps, the LED signature lights, the raised beltline that meets the taillights, etc. Where the Ioniq stands out is with its raise rear decklid and lower nose to help deliver what Hyundai is calling “class-leading aerodynamics.”
This design is a breath of fresh air in a segment that is riddled with concept cars made for production. The Ioniq’s relaxed and been-there-done-that looks are definitely welcome.
Hyundai also gave us a quick peek inside the Ioniq’s cabin by way of another teaser sketch. In this sketch, it is clear that the clean look of the body carries over inside, as there are no crazy styling bits or overly advanced tech features. The dash is surprisingly clean, the steering wheel is pretty much run-of-the-mill, and everything seems to have a pretty toned-down style.
The only things that stand out in the cabin are the blue accents that link back to the eco-friendly personality of the Ioniq, and its instrument panel, which seems to have a lot of info on it. Hyundai did mention that the Ionic’s interior will feature environmentally friendly materials, so look for plenty of recycled plastics and cloth.
We’ll learn more about the Hyundai Ioniq in January 2016, which is when it will debut in Korea. Following that, it will join the auto-show circuit by hitting up the Geneva Motor Show and the New York Auto Show in March. Stay tuned for the latest details.