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2017 Hyundai Ioniq: An Appealing Alternative

04.07.17 - Hyundai Ioniq

More automakers are entering the world of EV, hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles than ever before. The Hyundai Ioniq is the car that’s aimed at the segment that’s been dominated by the Prius lineup that now also has Chevrolet competition as well. This is a car that’s a true three cars in one model with a hybrid version, an EV version and a plug-in hybrid version. This car is certainly an appealing alternative when you’re looking for a car that can handle being the green car you want but also needs to have the style you’re looking for.

As you would expect from a car that carries the Hyundai name, the Ioniq offers you a long list of great features and a sporty look that makes it truly a Hyundai. This car feels like a premium compact car rather than one that’s expected to stay at the lower end of the automotive spectrum. As a lineup of the most efficient models on the market this is a car that costs less when it comes to the initial price and when you have to fill it up with gasoline. You’ll love the stunning looks and perfect feel of this impressive car.

Because there are three distinct flavors you can have for this car, the Neapolitan of the automotive world starts with the Ioniq Hybrid. This car uses a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that runs on the Atkinson cycle while providing 104 horsepower and 109 lb.-ft. of torque. This is aided by a 32 kW Interior-Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor that produces 43 horsepower and 125 lb.-ft. of torque. The entire system output is 139 horsepower and you’ll be able to enjoy fuel mileage of 55 city/54 hwy mpg in the Hybrid version or 57 city/59 hwy mpg in the Blue model.

Moving on to the Ioniq Electric we see an 88 kW Interior-Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor that’s capable of producing 118 horsepower and 215 lb.-ft. of torque. This car has an equivalency of 150 city/122 hwy MPGe and is rated to give you 124 miles of EV driving on a full charge. Thankfully, the battery can be recharged to eighty percent capacity in only 23 minutes using a Fast Charging station. This is a welcome addition to the EV models on the market and while it doesn’t come close to what the Chevrolet Bolt offers, many may choose this model for the price and the range it does offer.

Finally, the Ioniq Plug-In will be offered later in the year. This vehicle will carry a powertrain that uses a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine using the Atkinson cycle, which is the same engine used in the Hybrid. This engine is aided by the 44.5 kW motor that produces 60 horsepower and 125 lb.-ft. of torque. We don’t have the numbers for the total system output or the fuel mileage just yet, but this car promises to be a fantastic blend and to be a worthy adversary for the Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius Prime.

When you look to the standard items being offered for this car all three versions give you the benefit of a seven-inch touchscreen, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, steering wheel stereo and phone controls, power windows, a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, hill start assist and seven airbags. The options you can choose include items such as heated front seats, leather upholstery, a power driver’s seat, adaptive cruise control, a cargo cover, the Qi wireless charging system, a navigation system, heated side mirrors, a rear center armrest with a cupholder is standard on the electric Plug-in Hybrid but optional on the regular hybrid.

The Ioniq from Hyundai is a brand new vehicle that offers you the three ways to be green. You can make the right choice for your driving needs and have the EV range of 124 miles, a hybrid powertrain or a plug-in hybrid when it arrives. If you’re looking for a great way to spend less and have better fuel mileage, this is the car you want to drive. Come in and check out the Ioniq at your nearby Hyundai dealer and see the new hybrid that could be the perfect choice for you.

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