Each year the Geneva Auto Show features an ensemble of great cars. This year was no exception to that. However among all those muscular, supercars in Geneva, Hyundai stole the limelight with their electric hybrid variant, the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq. With their latest roster of 3 separate hybrid cars, Hyundai has become the talk of the town at Geneva. It is their first attempt which offers 3 hybrid variants in the same body of a vehicle – hybrid, plug-in a hybrid as well as pure electric. The platform used for this new model is very versatile in terms of multiple powertrain configurations.
2017 Hyundai Ioniq: Engine Options and Performance
Since Hyundai chose to construct this model on a multi-engine platform, 2017 Hyundai Ioniq offers a range of comfortable engine options to go with their diverse variants. Both its hybrid as well as its plug-in hybrid ones are powered by a 1.6-liter 4 cylinder configuration which can generate around 104 hp of max power as well as pick up around 109 lbs. feet of max torque.
Along with that, its hybrid electric motor will be powered by a 1.6 kWh battery while the plug-in hybrid offers an 8.9 kWh pack for increasing its power up to 60 hp. Transmission details include a 6-speed dual clutch gearbox.
As far as the pure EV Ioniq is concerned, Hyundai has not yet revealed any details regarding its engine. Still, its electric motor will generate around 120 hp as max power. This will yield a top speed around 103 mph.
2017 Hyundai Ioniq: Exterior and Interior Design
Exterior of 2017 Hyundai Ioniq looks minimalistic yet elegant. The overall design of the body has been kept sleek and smooth. This offers better aerodynamic support, thus reducing the coefficient of drag at 0.24. Its front fascia is wide with short overhangs, while its rear looks more like a hatchback with high fenders.
Other important exterior features are:
- Lower window chrome trims with wide spacing.
- Two tones 15 inches or 17-inch alloy wheels for better grip and support.
- Multiple trim variants might be available in future, thus increasing versatility.
- 9 unique exterior color options have become available.
The interior of 2017 Hyundai Ioniq looks absolutely amazing with a wide curvature in space. The interior cabin has been renovated with the smooth and elegant design. Seats have improved with a split folding ability and memory function for driver’s seat.
2 separate color choice are available for these interiors. Along with that, the dashboard has been modified to include a 7-inch touch screen display module for infotainment purposes. Automatic integration of Android Auto and Apple Play is provided.
Other important interior details include:
- Dual climate control zone.
- Hyundai’s Eco Driving Assistant – a personal navigation system.
- Additional 750 liters of cargo space with foldable rear split seats.
- Improved safety options like traction control, blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control.
Even though 2017 Hyundai Ioniq is a very good hybrid automobile, it still might face some competition from other automakers. Some of those include big names like Honda and Ford. These are the potential competitors that this vehicle could have:
Price and Release of 2017 Hyundai Ioniq
Since they just released the car at the Geneva Auto Show, Hyundai is not revealing the pricing and release details as of yet. However, experts suggest that this 2017 Hyundai Ioniq might cost less than $24,500 in order to successfully compete in the hybrid car market. As far as the release date is concerned, this 2017 Ioniq will be released sometime around late 2016.