2017 Hyundai Ioniq

You're now logged in as and will receive alerts when price changes, new offers become available or a vehicle is sold. The good news is that Hyundai Australia is getting on board and has confirmed it will be bringing the Ioniq Plug-in and Ioniq Hybrid models to the country The bad news is that, while the Hybrid and the Electric will go on sale in other regions later this year, we'll have to wait until 2017 for any version of the Ioniq.

That feature pioneered on the low-volume Cadillac ELR, and was extended to the 2016 Chevy Volt; it will also be used on the Bolt EV. The same effect can be achieved in the Nissan Leaf by shifting into the B” or low range, which increases regeneration.

The engine has been tailored to the hybrid application and is combined with the direct responding, smooth shifting six-speed double clutch transmission - differentiating the Ioniq from its competitors with a more dynamic driving experience. Using a 1.6 liter direct-injected Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder with 104 horsepower and a 43 horsepower electric motor, it has a total system power of 139. All models get the same 1.6-litre petrol engine with electric motor and six-speed dual clutch autobox, providing 139bhp and powering the Ioniq from 0-62mph in 10.8 seconds. Where they differ is Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive follows the electric continuously variable 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Pittsfield transmission formula, and Hyunda eschews that in favor of a six-speed dual clutch automatic. Especially now when the EV consumer knows that the 200+ mile, $35k Model 3 is on it's way, and they don't want to be stuck with a quickly depreciating sub 200 mile EV. It's capable of travelling for 31 miles on electric power alone, and emits 32g/km of CO2.

With its clever combination of high-tech presented in a friendly, unintimidating package, along with the slick looks and good driving dynamics, the Ioniq promises to something that Kiwi's could easily take to. If so, I will assume that you financed or paid cash for an EV and refused all tax incentives, carpool lane stickers, preferential utility rates, etc. Together with its sister brand Kia, it hopes to become the world's second highest-volume seller of fuel-efficient, electric, and fuel-cell cars by 2020, and the Ioniq represents a major investment toward that goal. Don't let that put you off the Hybrid if it's a more viable option for you; it's still a fine example of this burgeoning sector.

There were occasional, slightly odd whizzing and whooping sounds at speed as the hybrid system made some invisible adjustments, but otherwise it acts exactly as you would expect of a conventional car. Apart from Tesla is was the EV with the best range then and I really needed the extra kilometers. All Hybrid components are cleverly packaged to maximize space and flexibility of the interior.

The Chevrolet Bolt will have blown past that with its 200-mile range on a charge about the same time the Ioniq EV goes on sale late this year. The mated electric motor enables pure electric driving and delivers instant torque as the chassis with rear multi-link suspension greatly enhances driving dynamics. Energizing the motor is a 28kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack with sufficient capacity to enable the Ionic EV to travel up to 155 miles on a single charge. The Olympics plan is part of the Hyundai group's bold blitz to introduce 28 new eco-vehicles by 2020 across the Hyundai, Genesis and Kia brands. Hyundai uses a lithium-ion polymer battery pack for all Ioniq models which is 20 percent lighter than non-polymer lithium-ion batteries and can be shaped more optimally to the interior than standard cell format batteries.

Hyundai will also offer a PHEV version with about 30 miles of all-electric range, but it has yet to release pricing information since the vehicle will launch later next year. And I honestly think that building a dedicated hybrid is the way to go. Quite a lot of the Toyota Prius' efficiency comes from its Atkinson cycle angine, it's epicyclic CVT transmission, its aerodynamics, tyres etc.

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