The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid finally broke cover in South Korea this week as the first of three variants of Hyundai's Prius-fighting hatchback.

It will be joined by an all-electric version, and eventually a plug-in hybrid model as well.

All three models will be sold in the U.S., although availability may vary by region.

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Because while each Ioniq variant will be sold in all 50 states, not every Hyundai dealer will stock them, Hyundai's U.S. CEO Dave Zuchowski said in an interview with WardsAuto at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.

Zuchowski clarified that a customer who orders an Ioniq will get it no matter where he or she is located, adding that "some dealers may not carry them as a matter of course but we'll work through that."

The hybrid will likely go on sale first, followed by the electric Ioniq. The plug-in hybrid will be the last of the three to hit showrooms.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq

2017 Hyundai Ioniq

All three models will share the same body structure and platform--which is understood to be related to that of the 2017 Elantra compact.

The hybrid model uses a 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine mated to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, teamed with a single electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack of unspecified size.

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Fuel-economy figures won't be available until closer to the Ioniq's U.S. launch, but Hyundai says the hybrid can operate on electric power at speeds up to 75 mph.

The plug-in hybrid could use a similar powertrain, but with a more powerful electric motor and larger battery pack, as in the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid duo.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq

2017 Hyundai Ioniq

Like rival Toyota and its redesigned 2016 Prius, Hyundai claims the Ioniq will offer sporty driving dynamics as well as fuel efficiency.

Engineers worked to keep the center of gravity low, and the dual-clutch transmission was chosen to provide a more engaging experience, Hyundai's press materials said.

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The Ioniq Hybrid goes on sale in South Korea this month, priced at the equivalent of $19,000 to $23,000.

It won't become available in other markets until later this year, after appearances at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and 2016 New York Auto Show in March.


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