November 01, 2016 @ 04:32 PM

​Hyundai IONIQ is the brand’s first hybrid, EV and plug-in hybrid

The first car in the world offering three separate powertrains within one body type will be available locally by the end of the year

In an attempt to bring energy efficient and alternative-fuel vehicles to the masses, Hyundai had come up with the very unique IONIQ that brings a whole new concept into picture. Within a single body type, customers will have the freedom to choose between the three powertrains offered: hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or even going full electric.

The name IONIQ itself refers to the elements used in creating the car. An ion, which is an electrically-charged atom, refers to the car’s ingenious combination of utilising electrified powertrains, as well as its uniqueness in the Hyundai vehicle range. The Q depicted on the car’s logo on the other hand represents a visual breakthrough, recognising their new approach on this model.

The birth of the IONIQ is the result of Hyundai’s rapid response to the changing customers’ lifestyle where it offers not only class-leading fuel efficiency, but one with good looks and drive as well.

The IONIQ features a newly developed 1.6-liter GDI four-cylinder Kappa engine paired to a 42bhp electric motor powered by an advanced lithium-ion polymer battery, giving out a combined output of 137bhp and 265Nm of torque. It is then mated to a to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission specifically for the IONIQ to provide not only performance and seamless gearshifts, but one that also returns good fuel economy.

Unlike the conventional nickel-metal-hydride battery, Hyundai had gone with the lithium-ion polymer battery pack instead which offers lower memory sensitivity, excellent charge/discharge efficiency and an impressive maximum output. Since battery packs are usually big and bulky, they have also smartly positioned the battery system underneath the rear seats to leave the cabin and cargo space uncompromised.

Hyundai had developed a new platform and rear independent suspension set up to provide the IONIQ with a superb ride and handling with low noise, vibration and harshness.

It should not be long before we see one of these cruising down the Malaysian roads as Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors promises the IONIQ to be available in our local market by the end of 2016.

Hussein Zain

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