Hyundai IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid set for July UK launch

The IONIQ is the world’s first car with three electrified powertrains. The IONIQ Plug-in is the last model to the join the line-up arriving in UK showrooms in July. The IONIQ is part of Hyundai global push to launch 14 eco cars until 2020 including five hybrid vehicles, four plug-in hybrid vehicles, four electric vehicles and one fuel-cell electric vehicle.

This new Plug in combines Hyundai Motor’s new 1.6 GDI direct-injection petrol engine delivering 105 PS of power and 147 Nm of torque via a six-speed dual-clutch transmission mated to a 45 kW (61 PS) electric motor.  Energy for which is stored in a 8.9 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery to enable an electric driving range of up to 39 miles (63 km) while reducing CO2 emissions to 26 g/km.

 The IONIQ Plug-in’s exterior features LED headlamps and specially designed 16-inch wheels, while sharing most general details with the Hybrid, such as the front grille, the vertical C-shaped LED daytime running lights and an elegant blue or silver character line below the front and rear bumpers.  The IONIQ delivers intuitive smart connectivity and infotainment features via its eight-inch high resolution touchscreen including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless inductive charging, LIVE services for real-time traffic information as well as Hyundai Motor’s unique Lifetime Mapcare offering free annual map and software updates.

The IONIQ Plug-in enhanced the digital driving experience through its seven-inch digital information cluster to display the vehicle speed, drive range, navigation information, drive modes, battery status etc. Depending on the selected drive mode, the layout of instrument cluster changes. In Sport Mode the display changes into a revolving digital speedometer surrounded by an analogue-style tachometer, indicating the engine’s rpm on red coloured background.

Thomas Schmid, Chief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Europe, says:

“Since the successful European launch of the IONIQ Hybrid and Electric in autumn of 2016, we are continuing to electrify Europe with the introduction of the IONIQ Plug-in. It is another step towards our goal to launch 14 eco cars until 2020 worldwide to reduce emissions and to make future mobility more appealing to a wider audience.”

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