We all know that in the near future, electric and hybrid vehicles will slowly take over the market. Hyundai knows that, so they are ready to enrich their lineup with another model. It is not on sale yet, but here is everything what we know about 2017 Hyundai Ioniq. Firstly we must mention that this model will come in three versions. Those are Hybrid, Electric, and Plug-in. This mid-size hatchback will surely spark interest in today’s market, and even more in the future.
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Design
What can we say about design? Well, it takes no expert to see that it’s a combination of small sedan Elantra and Prius. It is nothing extraordinary about this design. Its conventional appeal will certainly attract potential customers. At least those for who is this model targeted for. On the front, it has Hyundai’s recognizable trapezoid grille along with LED headlights that slightly stretch across the wheel arches. Below those LED, there are fog lights in very characteristic shape inserts on both sides. We can rightly say that this model really looks interesting.
The rear end is similar to famous Toyota Prius. Whole back is quite large, but it has (at least in our opinion) much better design and placement. But that’s not all. Thanks to the steeply raked windshield and flat body sides, 2017 Hyundai Ioniq has the lowest drag coefficient among the production cars. It is 0.24, meaning, low drag is achievable, without the car looking strange.
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Interior
As for the interior, it looks conventional. But its looks will also depend on which model the buyer chooses. The hybrid and plug-in will get shifters mounted on the console. While shifting gears in the electric will be done by the push of buttons. Nevertheless, which model is in question, there is large infotainment screen in the center console. Behind the steering wheel, there is customizable TFT information cluster. In this car owners will charge smartphones on the inductive charging pad. There is also availability for smartphone connection with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Powertrains
We already said in what forms 2017 Hyundai Ioniq will come. So, different powertrains are in order. The hybrid consists of the 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine. It alone produces 104 horsepower and 109 lb-ft of torque. But paired with single 32-kilowatt electric motor its combined output is 139. This engine will come with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that will send power to the front wheels. The lithium-ion battery pack of 1.6 kilowatts sits under the rear seat to be able to recapture energy. As for the plug-in, it’s all the same but it uses the more powerful electric motor. It has 45 kilowatt’s, and alone it develops 60 horsepower. The 8.9-kilowatt battery alone will provide around 25 miles range.
The electric consists of an 88-kilowatt electric motor and it develop 120 horsepower. It uses 28-kilowatt battery pack and its range is around 120 miles. Hyundai also states that all Ioniq models have a low center of gravity thanks to the low mounted batteries.
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Release Date
We can expect hybrid and electric by the end of 2016. While plug-in will be available in the first quarter of 2017. We can’t speculate about the price, but since Hyundai wants to take on Toyota Prius, we don’t expect that it will be much higher.