Remember that Ioniq that we first saw at the Geneva motor show last March? Well, Hyundai has confirmed that it will be bringing the newbie to the Middle East.
We’ll be driving it in Amsterdam this month and will then bring you a definitive verdict but from what we know so far, it doesn’t appear too bad. We say that because unlike its rivals such as the Prius, it doesn’t have a CVT. Hyundai has instead stuck in a specially developed six-speed dual clutch transmission so it could be quite fun to drive. It is the first production Hyundai that has been engineered as a platform for alternative drivetrains and will have three alternative-fuel technologies; hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or full electric.
The two hybrids have Hyundai’s 1.6-litre Kappa GDI petrol engine (and a 32 kW electric motor) making a combined total of 265Nm of torque while the full electric model has 295Nm of torque and a range of around 250km. And, of course, it has zero emissions while its batteries can be recharged from a standard household socket. Hyundai even has a fast charger; it tops up the battery to 80 per cent and takes just 20 minutes to do so. We wish our phones were as quick to charge.
“There is now little doubt that alternative fuels will power the cars of the very near future, but the path from where we are now to where we need to be is still unclear,” said Mike Song, Head of Operations for Hyundai Africa and Middle East. “We expect the industry will progressively move towards electric power as the cleanest, most efficient option, with the biggest question now being how do we generate and store the energy for electric motors? The Ioniq is the first car to recognize that there is more than one way forward. It offers a selection of three proven technologies to meet the needs of different customers and markets, rather than pushing consumers towards a single design.”
The Ioniq is expected here by the end of the year.