Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid – May look like a Prius and Insight but it is far more advanced

Hyundai Motor introduced the All-New Hyundai Ioniq line-up, consisting of: Ioniq Hybrid, Ioniq Electric and Ioniq Plug-in. The world’s first model offering three electrified powertrains, the Ioniq was designed to make low- to zero-emission mobility accessible to everyone. This was a new approach from Hyundai Motor to deliver an uncompromising design and driving experience through innovative technology and offers customers the latest connectivity and safety technologies. Now we have the Ioniq Hybrid local assembled in Malaysia with an interesting price point whilst carrying a lot of features. Let us explain.

The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid features the new Kappa 1.6 GDI, direct injection petrol, 4-cylinder engine with a class-leading thermal efficiency of 40% delivering 105PS and 147Nm of torque. The engine has been tailored to the hybrid application and is combined with the direct responding, smooth shifting 6-speed double clutch transmission – differentiating the Ioniq from its competitors with a more dynamic driving experience. The mated electric motor enables pure electric driving and delivers instant torque as the chassis with rear multi-link suspension greatly enhances driving dynamics.

The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid’s electric motor delivers 43.5 PS with maximum torque of 170 Nm, powered by a lithium-ion-polymer battery with 1.56 kWh capacity positioned under the rear seats. In combination with the 1.6-GDI engine Ioniq Hybrid offers a system output of 141 PS rpm and up to 265 Nm of torque accelerating to a top speed of up to 185 km/h with targeted CO2 emissions as low as 79g/km (combined).

The driver experience inside the Ioniq is enhanced through state-of-the art connectivity features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as well as wireless charging of your smartphone. Furthermore, the driving experience becomes digital through the 7-inch TFT instrument cluster displaying all key driver information.

Included is a class leading innovative safety package that includes Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist System, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Smart Cruise Control ensures high safety levels for drivers and passengers alike.

The Ioniq sleek shape features the sleek aerodynamic silhouette with a class-leading Cd value of 0.24. A fluid exterior shape and natural air flow channels emphasize the aerodynamic body lines and volumes.

Exterior Design: efficiency and technology
In crafting the exterior appearance of Ioniq, Hyundai Motor’s designers concentrated on the car’s future-orientated character, which is at the heart of its appeal. A fluid exterior shape and natural air flow channels emphasize the aerodynamic body lines and a sporty, hatchback-like profile sets the Ioniq apart.

Its exterior panels are designed to flex in order to boost aerodynamics further, which, when combined with various other smart efficiency solutions, produces class-leading Cd value of just 0.24.

The front of the Ioniq Hybrid is characterised by the Bi-xenon headlights that are embraced by the C-shaped LED positioning lamps. Hyundai Motor’s signature hexagonal grille and the vertical C-shaped LED daytime running lights further depict the purity of the car. The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid features specially-designed two-tone 17-inch wheels.

Interior design
A smooth, elegant and clutter-free theme works with a logical, structured layout of controls. Materials for the interior were chosen in an ecologically sensitive way and are used to create a simple and clean look throughout the car, giving the inside space a sleek, light and purified feel.

The blue character line is carried on in the interior featuring blue piping on the seats and further blue design elements on the fascia. These include a blue metallic line running below the digital instrument cluster and between the air conditioning control knobs, surrounding the centre console air vents, the audio navigation screen and outside air vents as well as the starter button. Another accent is on the lower part of the steering wheel.

Breaking through hybrid
The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid features the new Kappa 1.6 GDI, direct injection petrol, four-cylinder engine mated to the 6DCT to harness the electric and combustion technologies to best effect, for a more engaging drive. That is how they differentiate themselves from other hybrid cars, which are often criticized for ‘rubber band-like’ acceleration.

Enhancing the car’s fuel efficiency and dynamic driving characteristics, the driver can select SPORT or ECO modes. The SPORT function holds lower gears longer and combines power from the engine and electric motor maximizes performance. In ECO mode, the 6DCT optimizes the gear selection for fuel economy, shifting up earlier to higher gears to achieve class-leading fuel economy.

The powertrain components were designed to be compact and highly efficient. The combined extra weight of the hybrid and plug-in hybrid technology therefore only adds minimal weight to the Ioniq.

Compact electric motor powered by lithium-ion polymer battery
Electric power for the Hybrid is generated by a permanent magnet synchronous motor. The parts of which have been optimized by reducing the thickness of core components (electrical steel sheet) by up to 10% and adopting rectangular-section copper wire to decrease core and copper loss.

Hyundai Motor decided to use a lithium-ion polymer battery pack for all Ioniq models instead of conventional nickel-metal-hydride batteries. This provides lower memory sensitivity, excellent charge and discharge efficiency along with outstanding maximum output.

Efficient packaging was also taken into consideration as the battery system is located underneath the rear seats so that the usability of the passenger cabin and cargo area is entirely uncompromised in the Ioniq Hybrid, offering cargo space of up to 750 litres.

Advanced aerodynamics
Ioniq’s sleek, coupe-like silhouette and its simple, carefully wrought contours assist the efficient management of airflow around the exterior. Applications like front wheel air curtains, a rear spoiler and diffuser, side sill moldings, floor undercover and a closed wheel design all contribute to the car’s high aerodynamic efficiency. Additionally, the Hybrid features an active air flap in the front grille operated in three stages.

Smart and efficient air condition
To provide a pleasant, comfortable and refreshing climate in the cars without using unnecessary amounts of energy, the Ioniq’s climate control can be switched to an efficient operation mode. Due to a maximum utilization of the inside air when air-conditioning or heating, ventilation losses can be minimized and the overall efficiency of the system increases. Also, the dual-zone climate control can be set to ‘driver only’ mode, reducing the load of the air-conditioning and heating.

Eco materials create clean and sustainable interior space
A Hyundai-first and a key characteristic of the Ioniq is its innovative use of recycled or ecologically sensitive materials. For example, the interior door covers are made of recycled plastic combined with powdered wood and volcanic stone while providing the same quality appearance.

To suit customers’ varied lifestyles, Ioniq features state-of-the-art infotainment and connectivity features. The Ioniq is equipped with a new generation high-resolution 7-inch TFT information cluster. With a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, it displays all types of gauges (speedometer, ECO, state of charge, fuel etc.) Depending on the selected drive mode, background colour and gauges are adapted to always provide the most important and useful information as well as a relaxed or sporty atmosphere by means of the colours used. Within SPORT mode, the display changes into a revolving digital speedometer that is surrounded by an analogue style tachometer, showing the engine’s rpm on red coloured ground. When choosing ECO mode the TFT-information cluster simulates the familiar speedometer needle.

The Hyundai Ioniq will also cater for drivers looking to integrate their smartphone with the vehicle’s infotainment system by providing both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Both systems enable users to connect their devices to deliver and control music, telephone or navigation functions on screen. The seamless connectivity allows drivers and passengers to stay connected while remaining focused on the road. To ensure occupants’ phones are always charged, Ioniq also offers a wireless inductive charging pad (Qi standard) for mobile phones.

Weight reduction
One of the main questions throughout the development of Ioniq was where weight could be cut without compromising the goal to also create an engaging and comfortable car. Ioniq’s engineers used aluminium in the hood and tailgate, which reduces weight by 12.4 kg compared to the conventional steel option with no disadvantages in noise or vibration. The weight loss strategy also extended to less obvious areas like the cargo-screen cover. Due to a higher usage of lightweight components and a more compact build, the cargo-screen cover is around 25% lighter than the version used in other Hyundai models.

Driving performance – Low to zero emission mobility without compromise
The driving performance of the Ioniq line-up is among the best in its segment thanks to a powertrain which is specially adapted to deliver efficient mobility without compromise. Ride and handling, as well as noise, vibration and harshness levels, are tuned to contribute towards superior ride quality, while insulation in the dashboard minimizes engine noise. Damping in the floor panels as well as enhanced A and B pillar fillings, thicker window glass and noise cancelling film on the windshield further improve the quiet and comfortable ride.

The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid features a multi-link rear suspension system with dual lower arm for enhanced ride comfort while a proportionately large use of aluminium for front and rear suspension components saves around 10 kg of weight compared to conventional means. A reduction of 2.3 kg per front lower arm unit saves 4.6 kg at the front, while 7.14 kg is saved at the rear with each unit shedding 3.57 kg.
Ioniq’s responsiveness and feedback from the steering system is clear and precise, with an increased steering gear ratio that helps to compound a sporty and responsive feel while reinforcing the car’s uncompromised driving experience.

Braking force is optimized to get the most out of the regenerative braking system, helping the Ioniq to maintain a healthy state of charge (SOC). Regenerative braking also operates to reduce noise, using the third generation of the brand’s energy recuperating stopping system. An Integrated Brake Assist Unit (iBAU) and Pressure Source Unit (PSU) also contribute to quieter operation than competitors. This also helps ensure ultra-low friction for maximum energy recuperation and efficiency.

Comfort and convenience – top-class and trend-setting
Thanks to its dedicated design the Ioniq hybrid components are cleverly packaged to not compromise space, flexibility or usability of the interior. In fact, the Ioniq Hybrid offers best-in-class cargo space by positioning the battery underneath the rear seats. Moreover, the rear seats can fold flat providing a cargo space of up to 750 litres, allowing large pieces of luggage to be stowed with ease.

Safety – innovative active and passive safety features
A light yet rigid body is the result of advanced design, construction methods and materials. Featuring 53% Advanced High Strength Steel, the chassis of the cars benefits from superior rigidity for responsive handling and is extremely safe, with high impact energy absorption and minimized distortion to protect passengers in the event of a collision.

The long list of active safety features includes Blind Spot Detection, which works directly alongside Lane Change Assist and Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert to warn the driver of any surrounding vehicles, passengers or other objects that may lead to a collision if unnoticed while the car is in motion.

A Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) and Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) are of use when driving. The systems alert the driver if unsafe movements are made while the car is driving over 60km/h by sensing the car’s position. The LDWS sounds an alarm before the car moves over the road markings, while the LKAS warns the driver acoustically and visually before inducing corrective steering to guide the driver back to a safe position.

The Hyundai Ioniq is also fitted with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), an advanced active safety feature that alerts drivers to emergency situations, braking autonomously if required. Using front radar and camera sensors, AEB operates in three stages. Initially warning the driver visually and acoustically, it controls the brake according to the collision danger stage, and applies maximum braking force right before the moment of collision. When a vehicle or pedestrian is sensed in front of the car, the system is activated, operating at speeds of 10 km/h or above and minimizes damage when a collision is unavoidable.

Using front radar sensors, Smart Cruise Control allows a constant speed and distance to be maintained from the vehicle ahead without depressing the accelerator or brake pedals; it is automatically cancelled when speed drops to 10 km/h or below. The Ioniq enhances this functionality with an Advanced Smart Cruise Control, which also supports automatic stop and start function. A Tyre Pressure Monitoring System ensures constant monitoring of tyre pressure and alerts the driver if pressure levels have changed.

Around the interior of the Ioniq, a total of 7-airbags is available. Including a knee airbag for the driver, they are placed to protect the vehicle’s occupants in the event of a collision. Body structure improvements complemented by a high-strength fibre-reinforced rear bumper make the entire Ioniq line-up strong and durable in the event of a crash.

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