The Hyundai IONIQ Electric hits UK showrooms priced at £28,995

The ground breaking Hyundai IONIQ – the world’s first car to offer three electrified powertrains on one platform – is now officially on sale in the UK.

Initially available in Hybrid and Electric variants, with a Plug-In Hybrid version joining the pack in 2017. Featuring a highly aerodynamic airflow-optimised fastback body with drag coefficient (Cd) of just 0.24. and lightweight construction with an aluminium bonnet and tailgate.

Inside, the IONIQ features the very latest connectivity systems – including Apple CarPlay and wireless phone charging – while safety features include the very latest active safety systems. Compactly packaging the car’s batteries under the rear seats means the IONIQ has a 443-litre boot, some 100 litres bigger than the Hyundai‘s most obvious comparable model, Toyota’s Prius.

The IONIQ Electric, which boasts a 174-mile range (NEDC) takes it power from a 28kwh Lithium-ion Polymer battery pack. Forward motion is provided by 88kw or 117hp electric motor producing a healthy 218lbs/ft of torque.  These figures translate to a zero to 60mph time of 10.2 seconds or 9.9secs when in Sport mode.  The IONIQ will power onto 103mph, where permissible.

Prices start from £24,495 (inclusive of the Government Plug-In grant of £4,500) for the Premium specification, with specific equipment including Automatic Windscreen Wipers with Rain Sensor, 16” alloy wheels, LED headlamps and rear combination lamps and Advanced Smart Cruise Control. Integrated satellite navigation is standard across the IONIQ Electric range.

IONIQ Electric Premium SE, available from £26,295 (again inclusive of the Plug-In grant), features standard equipment such as leather seats with heated/ventilated front and heated rear seats, heated leather steering wheel and a driver power seat with Integrated Memory System, Blind Spot Detection, front Parking Sensors and EV-specific 16” alloy wheels.

Keeping the IONIQ Electric topped up with power couldn’t be easier, either. All models feature a standard rapid charge compatibility, ensuring an 80 percent charge capability in just 33 minutes from a 50kW CCS Combo Rapid public charger, whilst a standard ICCB Charging Cable will allow charging from a domestic three-pin supply. IONIQ Electric also boasts adjustable regenerative braking, via steering column-mounted paddles, maximising driver engagement and enhancing efficiency.

Using a faster home charging unit with an 7kw output, owners can charge their IONIQ Electric from zero to 100 per cent in just 4.5 hours at home.

The IONIQ Electric is available in 6 different exterior colours; Polar White, Phantom Black, Platinum Silver, Marina Blue, Phoenix Orange and exclusively for IONIQ Electric, Blazing Yellow. The lava stone interior trim features copper accents throughout the cabin and control surfaces.

The IONIQ Electric variant will initially available from a selected network of 27 dealerships, with full network rollout from 2017. All IONIQ models come with Hyundai’s industry-leading 5 Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty package, with the additional high voltage battery cover of 8 years / 125,000 miles.

IONIQ Plug-In Hybrid 1.6 GDi prices and specifications will be announced prior to the on sale date in 2017.

Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO Hyundai Motor UK said:

“This is a landmark launch for Hyundai. Not only is the all-new IONIQ the world’s first car to offer three electrified powertrains, but it’s also our first move into the electrified sector in Europe. We have listened to our customers and we have responded with a full portfolio of electrified models, making low- to zero-emission mobility more accessible to more people.

Hyundai’s innovative approach delivers an uncompromising design and driving experience, the latest connectivity and safety features with an enhanced industry-leading warranty-package. It is also an important milestone in our sustainability strategy, bringing innovative technologies to the market and extending the company’s product range of low-to-zero emission vehicles, which already includes the world’s first mass-produced fuel-cell electric vehicle, the ix35 Fuel Cell. What is more, this is just the start too – between now and 2020 we will launch 28 alternative fuel models.”

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