After showing the car overseas earlier this year, Hyundai pulled the wraps off of the U.S.-spec Ioniq at the 2016 New York auto show. Three distinct variants are available: Ioniq Hybrid, Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid, and Ioniq Electric.
With three different cars, Hyundai offers three different powertrains. The bread-and-butter Ioniq Hybrid packs a 1.6-liter turbocharged, direct-injected Kappa four-cylinder engine, pushing out 104 hp and 109 lb-ft of torque. This 1.6-liter works in tandem with an electric motor, producing a combined output of 139 hp, a boost over the Toyota Prius’ 121 combined hp. Power is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
Next up is the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid, which will have an all-electric range of “more than 25 miles”, a 6-mile deficit from the European-market car’s rating, thanks in part to different European testing and regulations for EVs. The Plug-In features a more powerful electric motor than the regular Hybrid model, with 60 hp versus the Hybrid’s 43 hp; its battery stores 8.9-kWh of electricity, versus the standard hybrid’s 1.56-kWh. No efficiency figures are offered for the Plug-In Hybrid.
The final model is the Hyundai Ioniq Electric, which ditches the 1.6-liter gas engine in favor of a beefier electric motor, spinning out 120 hp and 215 lb-ft of torque. The Ioniq Electric pulls power from a 28-kWh lithium-ion polymer battery, returning an estimated range of 110 miles, right in line with the Nissan Leaf but down an estimated 90 miles on the upcoming Chevrolet Bolt.
Stylistically, the U.S.-spec Ioniq cuts a clear line of fire toward the Prius, with a rather “traditional” hybrid appearance. The car puts a premium on aerodynamic efficiency rather than outright styling, with a rounded and smooth appearance shared with other dedicated hybrids. Hyundai says the car’s drag coefficient is an extremely low 0.24.