2017 Hyundai Ioniq electric, plug-in hybrid models to debut at Geneva

We last saw the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq last month, when the hybrid version was unveiled in Hyundai’s home market of South Korea. But that’s just one of three Ioniq variants, and we can now confirm that previously-discussed plug-in hybrid and all-electric versions will debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

The Ioniq is Hyundai’s first dedicated electrified model, and the carmaker claims it’s the first to offer hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric powertrains in the same model. All three versions look more or less the same, although the Ioniq Electric has somewhat different front end styling that ditches the prominent grille of the other models.

As expected, the Ioniq Hybrid and Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid use some of the same powertrain components. Both have a new 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that Hyundai says has 40-percent thermal efficiency, rivaling the engine in the 2016 Toyota Prius. The main difference is that the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid has a larger, 8.9-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack and a more powerful, 45-kilowatt, electric motor. The Hybrid has a 1.5-kWh battery pack and 32-kW motor.

Both models also share a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, which Hyundai says will lend the Ioniq a sportier feel than competitors’ hybrids and plug-in hybrids. Hyundai claims the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid will have an electric-only range of 31 miles, and it should share the Hybrid’s electric-only top speed of 75 mph.

The Ioniq Electric, meanwhile, has an estimated range of 155 miles, all on electric power. Both figures will need to be verified in EPA testing, of course. The Ioniq Electric boasts an output of 118 horsepower and 217 pound-feet of torque, enough to get it to a top speed of 103 mph, Hyundai says.

The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq trio will make their public debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show next week, and will also appear at the 2016 New York Auto Show later in March. It should go on sale later this year, with the plug-in hybrid version arriving in showrooms after the hybrid and all-electric models.

Posted by Stephen Edelstein

Stephen's obsession with cars is almost too hard to quantify. From the latest electric car to the classics, he's interested in anything with four wheels. When he's not writing, he can be found searching the Internet for a car he hasn't seen before, or reading a good book. He has a Master's Degree in History from Clark University. He currently lives in Connecticut.

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