Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) has officially opened the order books for the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid. The car is slated for launch in Malaysia by the end 0f the year.
Just like the Toyota Prius, the Ioniq was developed from the beginning by Hyundai to be powered only by electrified powertrains including hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and full electric.
For the local market, the hybrid variant will be offered during the launch day, powered by Hyundai’s 1.6-litre four-cylinder GDI Kappa engine mated with a 44PS electric motor. Combined power output is rated at 141 PS and 265 Nm, delivered to the front wheels through a 6-speed dual clutch transmission. A lithium-ion polymer traction battery feeds the electric motor.
The Ioniq’s styling is inspired by a variety of active and passive aerodynamic features to handle airflow around the car. It is equipped with with an active aero grille, wheel air curtains, rear spoiler, and smooth underbody cover which resulted in a drag coefficient value of 024.
With a 2700 mm wheelbase, the Ioniq is identical in size as most C-segment sedans in the market. The chassis is constructed using 53.5% advanced high-strength steel and lightweight aluminium.
Notable equipment for the Malaysian market model encompasses a touchscreen audio visual navigator, dynamic reverse camera, electronic stability control, and seven airbags.
The Ioniq will be be making an appearance on the 10-13 November 2016 during the upcoming Malaysian Autoshow 2016 at MINES Convention Centre.