Kez Casey | Jan 15, 2016

The 2016 Hyundai Ioniq has been officially revealed, and will begin rolling into Australian dealerships later in 2016, the first of a wave of 22 new eco-friendly models globally from Hyundai by 2020.

The Ioniq will be the first production vehicle to feature three powertrain options: a petrol electric hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and full battery electric variant. For the time being however, only the regular hybrid version will go on sale in Australia.

The Ioniq hybrid pairs a 1.6 litre atkinson-cycle four-cylinder petrol engine with a 32kW electric motor for a combined 103.6kW and 265Nm of torque. A six-speed dual-clutch transmission delivers drive to the front wheels.

Hyundai has managed to give the Ionic a class-leading drag coefficient 0.24, enhanced by the use of body panels designed to flex at speed to further enhance aerodynamics.

Hyundai isn’t discussing fuel consumption figures yet, but the inclusion of ECO-DAS (Eco-Driving Assistant System) to monitor traffic levels, and driving situations, and make recommendations to the driver to increase coasting and prolong battery charge.

That’s as well as a weight reduction program that includes aluminium for the bonnet, tailgate, and front and rear suspension components. Recycled plastics combined with powered wood and volcanic stone used in the door covers also boost the Ioniq’s green credentials while being 20 percent lighter than conventional materials.

Safety systems for the Ioniq include blind spot detection, lane keep assist, autonomous emergency braking, tyre pressure monitoring, smart cruise control, and seven airbags.

Set to arrive in Australia during the third quarter of 2016 the Ionic hybrid will line up against the new Toyota Prius, however Hyundai Australia is also interested in adding the plug-in hybrid model to the range at a later date.

Pricing and specifications will be announced closer to the Ionic’s Australian launch.

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