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New York 2016: Hyundai Ioniq’s three-pronged North American assault

The all-new Hyundai Ioniq launched in North America today at the 2016 New York Auto Show. It originally made its global debut in Geneva as the first vehicle in the world to offer three distinct electrified powertrains ― hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric ― on a single platform. 

The stylish and distinctive Ioniq features many cutting-edge technologies like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, wireless smartphone charging, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, and intelligent cruise control, just to name a few.

In Canada and the U.S., the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid and Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid both feature the new Kappa 1.6L GDI, a direct-injected, 4-cylinder gasoline engine delivering 104 horsepower via a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. The electric motor in the former delivers 43 horsepower, powered by a 1.56kWh lithium-ion-polymer battery positioned under the rear seats. Total system output is 139 horsepower with a top speed of 185 km/h.

Meanwhile, the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid provides over 50 kilometres of EV range powered by a potent 8.9kWh lithium-ion-polymer battery. The electric motor in this model is rated at 60 horsepower.

Finally, the 120-horsepower Ioniq Electric can travel more than 110 miles or 176 kilometres based on the U.S. test cycle (Canadian range has yet to be confirmed). Its 28kWh lithium-ion-polymer battery can be charged to 80% in just 20 minutes using a SAE Combo Level 3 DC 100kW fast charger, but charging via a household outlet is also possible. 

Canadian availability and prices will be announced at a later date. We’ll keep you posted.