Slated to be launched before the year ends, Hyundai Sime Darby Motors has brought out the Hyundai Ioniq, which can be viewed at the ongoing Malaysia Autoshow 2016.
First showcased at the My Auto Fest 2016, this particular version appears to be the one for Malaysians, as the earlier model on display was a left hand drive model. Speaking of Malaysians, our market will be offered with just one variant of the Ioniq, which is the hybrid. Globally, the Hyundai Ioniq can be had as an EV or a PHEV, on top of the hybrid variant.
The Hyundai Ioniq hybrid is powered by a 1.6-litre GDI four-cylinder Kappa engine paired to a 32 kW electric motor, allowing for a combined output of 141 PS and 265 Nm. Differentiating itself from other hybrids is the choice of transmission, as Hyundai has fitted a six-speed dual-clutch automatic into the Ioniq. Hyundai says that the Ioniq’s battery pack is 23-25% more efficient than a conventional nickel-metal-hydride battery.
From what we understand, the Hyundai Ioniq can be had with a touchscreen Audio Visual Navigator, a dynamic reverse camera, the Vehicle Stability Management and seven air bags that include a knee airbag for the driver.
In terms of price, the Hyundai Ioniq is said to cost in the ballpark of RM130,000, making it a cheaper alternative than the Toyota Prius when it was on sale. When it arrives, the Hyundai Ioniq will have the C-segment hybrid segment all to itself.