Hyundai is slowly publishing details about the Ioniq, a new hatchback aimed right at the Toyota Prius.
The Ioniq will be offered as a hybrid, as a plug-in hybrid, and as a pure EV. Scheduled to bow next week in Geneva, the Euro-spec hybrid is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 105 horsepower and a small electric motor programmed to provide 44 horsepower. As we reported last month, the two power sources send 141 horsepower and 195 lb-ft. of torque to the front wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The plug-in hybrid model uses the same four-banger and six-speed dual-clutch transmission setup but it receives a 61-horsepower motor and a bigger lithium-ion-polymer battery pack. It can consequently drive on electricity alone for 31 miles before the four-banger rumbles to life.
Finally, the electric Ioniq is fitted with an electric motor that uses electricity stored in a 28-kWh lithium-ion-polymer battery pack to zap the front wheels with 120 horsepower and 218 lb-ft. of instant torque via a single-speed reducer transmission. It has a driving range of over 155 miles, and a top speed of 103 mph. The battery-powered model stands out from its gasoline-electric siblings with a drivetrain-specific front fascia, but all three versions have a 0.24 drag coefficient.
We’ll learn more about the Hyundai Ioniq next week during the Geneva Auto Show. The U.S.-spec model will be shown at the New York show that will open its doors late next month, and it will land in showrooms in time for the 2017 model year.