November 09, 2016 @ 02:24 PM

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid open for booking in Malaysia

Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) have begun accepting orders for their soon to be launched Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid.

Looking to take on the Toyota Prius is Hyundai's Ioniq Hybrid. Thanks to the fact that it is assembled in Hyundai's Kulim plant, the Ioniq Hybrid will enjoy CKD EEV government incentives which means prices will start from an estimated RM130,000. 

“The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, promises a pleasurable driving experience. It will not only appeal to eco and fuel-efficiency oriented buyers but also car buyers who are looking for a car with advanced technologies, great performance and a stylish design,” said Lau Yit Mun, MD of HSDM.

Petrol power comes courtesy of a 1.6 Litre GDI four-cylinder Kappa engine while a 42bhp electric motor completes the hybrid package. The total output of 140bhp and 265Nm is delivered swift and efficiently through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission (6DCT). Hyundai says that the Ioniq provides responsive performance and an entertaining drive while maintaining a good fuel economy. 

Interestingly, the electric motor in the Ioniq is fed by a lithium-ion polymer battery as opposed to the conventional nickel-metal-hydride battery systems. The electric motor alone can run the Ioniq to speeds of up to 120 kph and has superior charge/discharge performance. This battery setup is up to 25 per cent more efficient and is already being implemented in most high end American electric vehicles. 

Built to fit the C-segment sedan market, the Ioniq has a 2700mm wheelbase. What sets the Ioniq Hybrid apart is the technology used in building it. To cover up for the extra weight from the battery pack, Hyundai have taken weight saving measures in the form of lightweight aluminium. With 53.5 per cent of it being advanced-high-strength steel and lightweight aluminium, the Ioniq keeps its weight low but is still strong, stable and importantly, agile. 

In the pursuit to improve fuel economy, Hyundai worked on the aerodynamics. Combining function and aesthetics, the Ioniq was designed to work together with air flow and the help of an active aero grille, wheel air curtains, rear spoiler and a smooth underbody. Results of their effort is a car with a drag coefficient of just 0.24 making their Hybrid model one of the most aerodynamic ones on sale.

Interior features are sufficient with a touchscreen Audio Visual Navigator, a must-have reverse camera and seven airbags including one for the driver's knees while Vehicle Stability Management comes as standard.

If this car has perked your interest then check the car out in the flesh, metal rather, by heading down to the Malaysia Autoshow 2016 at the Mines International Exhibition and Convention Centre (MIECC) from November 10-13 2016. You can also place your order at Hyundai's booth there. Time to give the Korean Hybrid a chance perhaps.



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