2017 Hyundai Ioniq preview


The 2016 New York Auto Show marked the U.S. debut of the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq—a car that tries to cover all of the green-car bases.

Previously shown in Hyundai's home market of South Korea, and at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the Ioniq has hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery-electric powertrain options.

The Ioniq is Hyundai's first dedicated green car, intended to rival the Toyota Prius, as well as cars like the Ford C-Max, Chevrolet Volt, and other mass-market battery-electric models.

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All three versions of the Ioniq will be sold in the U.S., though Hyundai expects the hybrid to be by far the most popular.

The Ioniq body structure is based on the Elantra compact sedan, but the hatchback gets its own styling, with some changes depending on which powertrain is installed.

Running down those powertrains, the Ioniq Hybrid uses a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine, which produces 104 horsepower and drives the front wheels through a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq, 2016 New York Auto Show

2017 Hyundai Ioniq, 2016 New York Auto Show

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A 32-kilowatt (43-hp) electric motor is sandwiched between the engine and transmission, and powered by a 1.6-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack.

The hybrid powertrain is similar to the one used in the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima mid-size sedans, and has a combined output of 139 hp in the Ioniq.

The Ioniq Plug-In uses a similar powertrain, but with a more powerful electric motor and a larger battery pack that can be plugged in to recharge.

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That electric motor is rated at 45 kW (60 hp), and the 8.9-kWh lithium-ion battery pack can provide more than 25 miles of electric-only driving, Hyundai says.

The Ioniq Electric differs somewhat from the combustion models, with a different front fascia, pushbutton controls in place of the shift lever, and, of course, its all-electric powertrain.

There's an 88-kW (120-hp) electric motor, along with a 28-kWh battery pack that provides up to 110 miles of range, according to Hyundai.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq, 2016 New York Auto Show

2017 Hyundai Ioniq, 2016 New York Auto Show

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Unlike the other two models, which have battery packs located under the rear seats, the electric Ioniq's pack also extends between the rear wheels and under the load bay.

This necessitated the fitting of a simple torsion-beam rear axle to make room, in place of the more complex trailing arms of the other two versions.

MORE: 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, Electric: more notes from Geneva Motor Show

Official EPA efficiency ratings and pricing haven't been released yet, but all three 2017 Hyundai Ioniq variants go on sale later this year.

For more videos and other news, head over to our New York Auto Show page.

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