Hyundai is digging its heels into the green-car market with its all-new Ioniq. What’s more, the Ioniq so happens to be the first-ever vehicle to offer a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid, and a full-electric powertrain in one body. We already learned all about the hybrid model earlier this year, and now, at the Geneva Auto Show, the automaker has unveiled the two remaining variants.
On the outside, the three versions of the Ioniq are almost identical, but they do have some unique styling. The plug-in version features bi-xenon headlights, C-shaped LED positioning lights, and a blue or silver character line under the front and rear bumpers. The electric version notably lacks a grille opening, and it features LED headlights and taillights, and a copper character line.
The hybrid versions feature blue accents throughout their cabins whereas the electric model gets copper accents to simulate the flow of electricity. Additionally, the electric models feature an electric parking brake and an inductive charging tray for phones.
The bits under the hood are where these models really set themselves apart. The plug-in hybrid model comes in with the same 1.6-liter engine as the standard hybrid that delivers 104 horsepower and 108 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs with a 42.9-horsepower electric motor to develop a total output of 139 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Thanks to its 8.9 kWh battery, the plug-in model can travel up to 31 miles on electricity alone at speeds of up to 75 mph.
The Ioniq Electric, on the other hand, obviously has no gasoline engine as it relies solely on an electric motor that puts out 118 horsepower and 218 pound-feet of immediately available torque. Thanks to its 28 kWh battery, the Ioniq Electric can travel up to 155 miles on a charge. The electric model’s top speed checks in at 103 mph. Getting the battery up to 80 percent takes just 24 minutes on a 100 kW fast charger but you can charge it on a normal household plug thanks to the In-Cable Control Box.
With the larger batteries that the plug-in and electric models use, there is a slight reduction in available cargo room. Whereas the hybrid model can haul up to 26.5 cubic feet of cargo, the plug-in and electric models can only haul up to 23 cubes—a small price to pay for a reduced gas bill.
There is no mention of an anticipated release date for the Ioniq, but I expect to see it in dealers by the end of 2016.