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Hyundai releases initial details on the coming IONIQ hybrid

Hyundai’s new IONIQ range will feature a choice of electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid powertrains, a world first for a single model. (Earlier post.) At an unveiling in Korea, Hyundai released some initial details on the new IONIQ dedicated hybrid—the first version of the platform to come to market.

The powertrain combines a new high thermal efficiency (40%) 1.6-liter Kappa GDi engine developed exclusively for Hyundai Motor’s hybrid engines with a permanent magnetic electric motor to deliver maximum outputs of 105ps (77 kw) and 47ps (35 kW), respectively.

IONIQ A Leap Forward for Hybrid Vehicles_exterior
IONIQ A Leap Forward for Hybrid Vehicles_exterior

The engine head and block are split for optimized cooling. A 200 bar high pressure 6-hole direct fuel injector further improves fuel consumption and CO₂ emissions.

The Lithium Ion Polymer Battery delivers strong charge and discharge performance, optimizing output from the high voltage motor and allowing for rapid regeneration. Controlling power distribution is a hybrid-exclusive Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). Power transmission efficiency of 95.7% delivers a prompt response, acceleration performance and smooth gear changes.

IONIQ infographic_The Advanced Hybrid System

The IONIQ is built with 53% Advanced High Strength Steel combined with lightweight aluminum. The new model saves 12.6kg (45%) of weight by casting non-structural bodywork from aluminum, such as the hood, tailgate and suspension components. Where crash structure or energy absorption is necessary, the structure features Advanced High Strength Steel that can withstand significant collision forces.

The new model was created with dynamic ride and handling at its core. Positioning the car’s batteries low and forward achieves a low center of gravity that enables highly responsive, stable cornering. The IONIQ furthers its handling prowess with dual lower arm multi-link suspension fitted at the rear.

IONIQ infographic_All New Architecture



Since Toyota refuses to come out with a truck version of the prius, Hyundai should come out with their version of the ABAT. It'd sell like hotcakes. I for one,
would run out and buy one.

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