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2017 Hyundai Ioniq: First Look

17_Hyundai_Ioniq_OEM_10.jpg 2017 Hyundai Ioniq | Manufacturer Image

Competes with: Toyota Prius, Nissan Leaf

Looks like: Hyundai doesn’t think gas prices will stay low forever

Under the hood: A 104-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder with a 32 kilowatt electric motor (combined output 139 hp) and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (hybrid); a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with a 45 kW electric motor and six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (plug-in hybrid);  88 kW maximum power electric motor (battery electric version).

CARS.COM — Hyundai used the 2016 Geneva Motor Show to unveil this new lineup of hybrid and electric vehicles to be sold under the Ioniq banner. The Ioniq trio made its U.S. debut in New York.

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Exterior

Regardless of powertrain, the cars sport the same coupe-like sedan design. Hyundai says the design provides a low coefficient of drag, which you’d expect in a vehicle aiming for efficiency.

There are contrasting colors at the base of the bumper and nine exterior color choices, but what stands out the most is Hyundai’s large, hexagonal grille. Taken as a whole, the Ioniq cars don’t actually stand out that much, unlike the futuristic design of the current Toyota Prius.

Interior

Hyundai is mum on details for the interior, so we’ll mostly have to wait until we see it on the show floor. They do say it follows a “Purified High-Tech” concept … and will have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Under the Hood

There are three powertrains depending on the model. There’s a 104-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder with a 32 kilowatt electric motor (combined output 139 hp) and six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (hybrid); a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with a 45 kW electric motor and six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (plug-in hybrid); or an 88 kW maximum power electric motor (battery electric version).

Hyundai says the electric version has an estimated driving range of 110 miles and an estimated 125 MPGe rating, while the plug-in should go over 25 miles of pure-electric range on a full charge before the gas engine has to kick in.

Safety

Hyundai has put a lot of safety features on the Ioniq, including automatic emergency braking, a lane departure system, blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control.

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