Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Hyundai | posted January 08, 2016 10:54
Hyundai Ioniq hybrid gets lightweight architecture, three powertrain choices
After providing a teaser sketch and overview of available powertrains, Hyundai has officially detailed the new Ioniq hybrid.
Billed by the automaker to have the latest technology in architecture and its hybrid / electric powertrain, the Ioniq hybrid will be able to deliver class-leading fuel economy and dynamic ride and handling, according to Hyundai.
“IONIQ embodies Hyundai Motor's new thinking and bold ambitions for the future. This world-class dedicated hybrid will be the starting point of our future mobility,” said Rag Jung, Head of Project Management Division at Hyundai Motor R&D Center.
Starting with its chassis, Hyundai stated that the Ioniq hybrid is built on a chassis that can accommodate three different powertrains, depending on the variant. The frame is comprised of 53% Advanced High Strength Steel that is then combined with aluminum. The hybrid also saves on 12.6 kg as the hood, tailgate and suspension components are all made from aluminum.
The batteries are placed at the lower front section of the car, which delivers a low center of gravity. Further improving its handling capability is the dual lower arm multi-link suspension at the rear.
Over to powertrain choices, the Ioniq can come in electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid powertrains. The first to be revealed in Korea is the hybrid variant. The 1.6-liter Kappa GDI engine has the highest thermal efficiency of 40% according to Hyundai. It is then paired to a permanent magnetic electric motor that is powered by a lithium-ion polymer battery. The former produces 105 PS and 147 Nm of torque while the latter puts out 43.5 PS and 170 Nm of torque.
All of that power is then transferred to a 6-speed dual clutch gearbox that has been specifically set for hybrids.
Hyundai has yet to detail the electric and plug-in hybrid variants of the Ioniq.