2016 New York Auto Show: 2017 Hyundai Ioniq

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Look out, Prius: Hyundai’s Ioniq is ready to take the hybrid/electric market by storm.

What is it?

The Hyundai Ioniq is a dedicated platform for three kinds of propulsion – hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric. Its size and form factor shows it to have the Prius squarely in its sights, and it does the Toyota one better in offering a full electric version.


Hyundai says the Ioniq plug-in hybrid will go 24 miles on pure electricity (two more miles than the Prius Prime), and the claim is 100+ miles for the electric version’s range. The company says that the Ioniq will be more fun to drive than the typical hybrid.

The electric version has a smoother front end to address its unique cooling needs.


What Hyundai says:


Mike O’Brien, vice president of Corporate and Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America:

“With outstanding powertrain flexibility, design, connectivity, and advanced technologies, Ioniq meets the needs of a large and growing group of buyers needing a highly efficient, low-emissions vehicle without compromise to their daily lifestyles.”

What’s new:

  • New platform with three different propulsions – hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric
  • Instrument cluster is a seven-inch TFT screen
  • Low 0.24 coefficient of drag
  • Plug-in hybrid has electric range of 24 miles, electric version claims 100+ mile range
  • Six-speed dual-clutch transmission promises a more fun-to-drive hybrid experience

When does it go on sale? 

End of 2016.