South Korean automaker Hyundai had showcased the Ioniq hybrid sedan at the 2018 Auto Expo in India and since then the launch speculations are making rounds in the market. However, the news is not regarding the launch of the Hyundai Ioniq but the sedan getting a five star rating at the ASEAN NCAP crash test. The upcoming hybrid sedan is the fifth model that has been tested by the automobile safety rating body.
In terms of score, the all new Hyundai Ioniq has scored 46.34 points for adult occupant protection and 21.48 points for child occupant protection, taking the overall score to 91.98 points. The Ioniq sedan comes equipped with a number of safety features including the Blind Spot Technology which is available as an optional feature on the Malaysian spec model. Other prominent safety features include 7 Airbags, Retractor Pre-tensioner & Load Limiter for Driver and Passenger seatbelt; ABS, ESC, Lane Departure Warning System, Forward Collision Warning System and Lane Keep Assist along with other safety assist technology and systems.
According to a statement released by Hyundai, “The Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid is Hyundai’s fifth model tested by ASEAN NCAP. The IONIQ performed extremely well in the test by achieving impressive points for each assessed domain. In addition to receive 46.34 points for Adult Occupant Protection and 21.48 points for Child Occupant Protection domain, the model also fared well in the Safety Assist domain. The outstanding points for this domain showed that the All-New Hyundai IONIQ is equipped with most of the technologies required by ASEAN NCAP, standard in all variants except for the Blind Spot Technology offered as optional equipment in Malaysia. Hence, with an exceptional score of 91.98 points, the Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid has placed itself to be eligible for 5-Star ASEAN NCAP.”
The all new hybrid sedan is available with three powertrain options- pure electric, plug-in hybrid and standard hybrid. This makes Hyundai Ioniq world’s first car to offers all three mechanical technologies in one car. Talking about the hybrid option, the car gets the new Kappa 1.6GDI, four-cylinder engine which has been designed specifically for the hybrid application producing 105 bhp of maximum power and 147 Nm of peak torque. The engine comes mated to a six-speed double clutch transmission. The automaker claims the car to offer a dynamic driving experience to its passengers.
In terms of electric motor, the upcoming Hyundai Ioniq is powered by lithium-ion battery that churns out 43.5 bhp of power along with 170 Nm of max torque. Along with the conventional engine, the electric motor is capable of generating a collective power of 141 bhp and 265 Nm of torque and is claimed to offer top speed of 185 kmph.
Hyundai Ioniq was first showcased at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and when the sedan was showcased at the Auto Expo this year, there were launch speculations regarding the car. However, due to high cess on hybrids under the GST regime it seems difficult for the automaker to launch the hybrid sedan anytime soon in the country. Now the South Korean automaker is planning to launch the Kona EV in India. Also, the launch of Hyundai Creta facelift is also going to happen soon in the country. Though, the car has already been spied a number of times in the country along with the brochure leaked on the internet soon, however the official launch date is still under the wraps. Another car to be launched in the country this year by Hyundai is the Santro. The automaker is preparing to re-launch the hatchback by the end of this year. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the upcoming cars by Hyundai India.