The automakers in India don’t seem to be baffled much by the fact that hybrid cars are being taxed the highest under Goods and Services Tax and are either continuing to offer or planning to offer new cars in the segment with hybrid technology. Joining the bandwagon of hybrid cars, Hyundai has put up a grand display at Auto Expo 2018 showcasing numerous products, some of which are supposed to make their India debut by mid-2018.
Hyundai has showcased the Ioniq Hybrid, which will be rivaling the Toyota Camry Hybrid and Honda Accord Hybrid. The Ioniq is highly likely to be assembled in India rather than being imported as a CBU. The Ioniq is available as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid and with an all-electric powertrain in the US, Europe and some East Asian countries.
The Ioniq Hybrid is powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine with direct injection that churns out 105PS of power and 147Nm of torque, along with a 43.5PS electric motor as well in the equation which adds 170Nm of torque to boost the car's drivability. The motor is mated to a 1.56kWh lithium-ion battery for power generation. The Ioniq hybrid has a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission and claims a fuel efficiency of 25kmpl as per the US' test cycle. The car is likely to be priced much lower compared to the Camry and Accord.
The Ioniq EV, on the other hand, packs a large 28kWh battery for up to 280km of emission-free driving, 118 HP of power and 295 Nm of torque. Top speed is rated at 165 km/hr. The gearbox in it is a single-speed reducer transmission.
The Ioniq Hybrid and EV are identical in the underpinnings and the only difference is what lies under the hood. The Hyundai Ioniq gets a distinctive design with a five-door setup. There might be an argument that the Ioniq resembles the Verna a wee bit and we agree. Apart from that, the sedan gets slim headlights (projectors), the signature cascading effect grille of Hyundai and the LED DRLs housed vertically. A swooping C-pillar and the two-tone eco-spoke alloy wheels stand out at the sides.
The design highlight of the car is the sloping roofline` and there are distinctively-styled tail-lights at the rear and a huge bumper. The cabin is typical Hyundai and is loaded with features. The car features a 3-spoke multi-function steering wheel, automatic climate control, touchscreen infotainment system placed in the center with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, and leather upholstery. A nifty inductive charging pad for smartphones also sits at the centre.
Hyundai says the fluidic design of Ioniq is aerodynamically efficient to improve efficiency and performance. The Ioniq is 25 per cent lighter than other Hyundai models due to the aluminium forged boot lid and hood. It has a flat-bottomed steering wheel along with a 7-inch MID instrument cluster. Safety features include blind spot detection with rear cross traffic alert, seven airbags, lane change assist, lane keep assist and the autonomous braking and adaptive cruise control.
Hyundai Ioniq has sold over 31,165 units globally and is likely to be launched in the Indian market soon.