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The all-new Hyundai Ioniq green car has been officially unveiled in Seoul, South Korea. As you might already know, the compact car is set to take on the popular Toyota Prius with a hybrid version this year, followed by plug-in hybrid and fully electric variants in later stages.

According to the automaker, the hybrid model features a combination of a 1.6-litre GDI four-cylinder Kappa engine with 105 PS and 147 Nm of torque, and an electric motor for a total system output of 141 PS and 265 Nm of torque. These are channeled to the wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox, which comes with Sport and Eco modes.

The hybrid drivetrain benefits from a lithium-ion polymer battery pack that offers lower memory sensitivity, excellent charge and discharge efficiency as well as outstanding maximum output over the conventional nickel-metal-hydride batteries. Spaces in the cabin and cargo area are left untouched, as the battery pack is cleverly placed underneath the rear seats.

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On the design front, the Ioniq is sculptured with efficiency in mind. The car highlights a familiar hatchback profile and achieves a drag coefficient value of 0.24, thanks to its front wheel air curtain, active air flap, floor undercover and closed wheel design. Wearing a unique grille design, HID headlights, C-shaped LEDs and 15- to 17-inch wheels (depending on models), the Ioniq is quite a looker as well.

On the inside, the Ioniq focuses on a clutter-free approach, employing a dashboard layout similar to the Tucson’s. The cockpit is said to employ eco-friendly materials to create a sense of lightness and spaciousness – though we’re not sure exactly what materials are used for the purpose.

Behind the wheel, the driver faces a seven-inch TFT screen that displays several types of gauges including speedometer, Eco mode, state of charge and fuel. The background and gauges change colours depending on the selected drive mode. Other techs in the Ioniq include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto infotainment systems as well as a Qi wireless inductive charging.

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The Ioniq is built on a brand new platform made of ultra high strength steel and aluminium components. The car is promised to be one of the most agile hybrids in the market and why not, since it is equipped with a dual-lower arm multilink rear suspension and a newly developed steering system with increased ratio.

In terms of assistance, the car makes use of Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist, Lane Departure Warning System, Lane Keeping Assist and Autonomous Emergency Braking, to name a few. Also in the cards is the ECO-DAS (Eco-Driving Assistant System), which essentially stretches efficiency by informing the driver of changes in speed limit or road conditions.




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