Auto Expo 2018: Hyundai Showcases Ioniq Hybrid Series Sedans
New Delhi, Feb 8: South Korean carmaker Hyundai has made quite an impression at the ongoing Auto Expo 2018 in Greater Noida and one of the major highlights is the Ioniq trio. The company has showcased three versions of the Ioniq sedan aimed claiming a major chunk of the global electric car market.
Globally, the Ioniq sedans are slowly but surely making their presence felt. In India, they will have an advantage because the electric vehicle market itself has no presence at the moment. On paper, the Ioniq has all that it takes to earn a top position. The sedan claims to have an even better fuel economy than the Toyota Prius in the US, but how will that translate in India? We’ll have to wait and see. (Also Read: New Maruti Swift 2018 Launched in India at Rs 4.99 Lakhs at Auto Expo 2018)
For now, let’s look at what we have before us. The Ioniq Hybrid comes with an electric motor-generator fixed on to the multi-plate clutch. There is an Atkinson-cycle, 1.6-litre petrol engine that Hyundai claims offers a thermal efficiency of 40 percent and a power rating of 104 hp. There is a dual-clutch automatic transmission and a 1.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The lift-gate, hood and parts of the suspension use aluminum, and the underpinning platform that is also seen in the Kia Niro is seemingly ready for autonomous technology. (Also Read: New 2018 Hyundai i20 Facelift Launched in India at INR 5.35 Lakh)
That the Hyundai Ioniq sports a drag coefficient of 0.25 doesn’t seem apparent when you look at the rather conservative and clean styling of the sedan. There are no drastic cuts or lines to polarize customers. The interiors too don’t burst out. There are soft-touch materials and a cleanly designed dashboard, with a simple-looking instrument cluster, complete with a round speedometer and an eco-driving gauge and a battery charge meter. The touchscreen features some information on the power source and efficiency. (Also Read: Tata H5x SUV Concept Unveiled in India at Auto Expo 2018)
The Hyundai Ioniq looks and feels like an Elantra on the outside and inside. The sedan will go against the Toyota Camry Hybrid, Honda Accord Hybrid and Toyota Prius in India. And Hyundai should be looking to assemble the car as a CBU in India to bring costs down. While this marks the debut of the Ioniq in India, the Hybrid will only be coming to Indian roads in 2019. Hyundai may be looking at pricing the car anywhere between Rs 25 to 30 lakh.