Hyundai goes elec­tric, widens line-up

Hyundai is of­fer­ing a wider range for next year, in­clud­ing elec­tric ve­hi­cles as well as sporty sedans. John Ox­ley re­ports.

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Hyundai is set to in­tro­duce a num­ber of ex­cit­ing new mod­els next year, in­clud­ing its first elec­tric ve­hi­cle, the Ioniq, which will ul­ti­mately be avail­able as ei­ther a pure elec­tric ve­hi­cle (EV) as well as a petrol-elec­tric hy­brid, and next year, a plug-in hy­brid (PHEV). Also on the to-do list are new Ge­n­e­sis mod­els, as well as a 150kw/205nm turbo-charged ver­sion of the Elantra sedan, with a body kit, ex­tra fea­tures, and a 1.6-litre en­gine re­turn­ing 7.2L/100km via its seven-speed dou­ble clutch gear­box. It has mod­i­fied sports sus­pen­sion, as well as a new in­te­rior fea­tur­ing red leather sports seats with red stitch­ing. In a mar­ket no­table for high­priced EVS, the Ioniq is bound to ap­peal with its $59,990 price tag, and is the first car of­fer­ing three elec­tri­fied pow­er­trains. The Ioniq Hy­brid and Ioniq Plug-in both fea­ture the new Kappa 1.6 GDI direct in­jec­tion petrol, four-cylin­der en­gine with a high ther­mal ef­fi­ciency of 40 per­cent, de­liv­er­ing 78kw and 147 Nm of torque, com­bined a six-speed dou­ble clutch trans­mis­sion – dif­fer­en­ti­at­ing the Ioniq from its com­peti­tors. The mated elec­tric mo­tor en­ables pure elec­tric driv­ing. The Ioniq Hy­brid’s elec­tric mo­tor de­liv­ers 32 kw with max­i­mum torque of 170Nm, pow­ered by a lithium-ion­poly­mer bat­tery with 1.56 kwh ca­pac­ity po­si­tioned un­der the rear seats. In com­bi­na­tion with the 1.6 GDI en­gine, the Ioniq Hy­brid of­fers a sys­tem out­put of 103.6 kw and up to 265Nm of torque, with tar­geted CO2 emis­sions as low as 79 g/km or lower (com­bined). Driv­ers choos­ing the Ioniq Plug-in get around 50km of pure elec­tric driv­ing range pow­ered by the 8.9 kwh lithium-ion poly­mer bat­tery. The 45kw) elec­tric mo­tor to­gether with the 1.6 GDI four-cylin­der Kappa en­gine of­fer tar­geted CO2 emis­sions as low as 32 g/km. The Ioniq Elec­tric of­fers pure e-mobility through a 28kwh lithium-ion poly­mer bat­tery for an es­ti­mated max­i­mum range of more than 250km. The in­stantly avail­able max­i­mum torque of 295Nm is de­liv­ered by the elec­tric mo­tor with a max­i­mum out­put of 88 kw through the sin­gle-speed re­ducer trans­mis­sion. Na­tional sales man­ager Scott Bill­man said the com­pany would be in­tro­duc­ing four to five new Ge­n­e­sis mod­els over the next two to three years to com­ple­ment the ex­ist­ing G90 flag­ship, start­ing with the mid­sized G80 in the third quar­ter of next year, fol­lowed by the G70 BMW 3-Se­ries com­peti­tor.

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