While we’ve seen teaser photos, Hyundai won’t reveal its first dedicated hybrid car for some time. Fortunately for green-car enthusiasts, our spy photographers managed to snap the Hyundai Ioniq fully undisguised as it mugged for the camera at an advertising shoot.
Just as we saw in teaser photos, the Hyundai Ioniq has a sleek, aerodynamic profile that should help the car slip through the air to return impressive fuel efficiency; Hyundai claims the car will be “class leading” in terms of aero performance. Out front, a large grille featuring thin horizontal bars sits between swept-back headlights. With LED running lights sitting inside angular cutouts, the front bumper strikes a modern appearance. The rear of the car has a high trunk with a flat, rounded shape that may be sculpted to help with aerodynamic performance. It gives the rear of the Ioniq a tall, almost hatchback-like appearance.
Little is known about the Hyundai Ioniq so far, but Hyundai has said that all-electric, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid variants will be available. A lithium-ion battery pack is set to underpin the new car, possibly with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine in hybrid models. It’s Hyundai’s first dedicated-hybrid model and will aim directly at the new Toyota Prius.
The Hyundai Ioniq won’t stray too far from other Hyundai designs inside the cabin, with a teaser photo showing a familiar dashboard design that places a touchscreen infotainment system between polygonal air vents. The traditional instrument cluster will likely be replaced by an assortment of displays monitoring battery life and performance.
The Hyundai Ioniq is set to make its official debut in Korea in early January, so stay tuned for more details on Hyundai’s Prius fighter over the coming weeks.