- Every IONIQ's powertrain option represents a unique and uncompromising statement towards a cleaner mode of mobility.
Developed to strive for the utmost energy efficiency without compromising driving performance, every IONIQ’s powertrain option represents a unique and uncompromising statement towards a cleaner mode of mobility.
Breaking through hybrid stereotypes with IONIQ Hybrid & Plug-in
The IONIQ Hybrid and IONIQ Plug-in both feature the Kappa 1.6 GDi, a direct injection, four-cylinder engine which operates under the Atkinson Cycle and delivers a class-leading thermal efficiency of 40%, whilst still providing 105 PS and 147 Nm of torque.
The engine has been tailored to the hybrid application and is combined with the directly responding, smooth shifting six-speed double clutch transmission – differentiating IONIQ from its competitors with a more dynamic driving experience. The mated electric motor enables pure electric driving and delivers instant torque as the chassis with its rear multi-link suspension enhances the driving dynamics.
The IONIQ Hybrid’s electric motor delivers 32 kW (43.5 PS) with maximum torque of 170 Nm, powered by a lithium-ion-polymer battery with 1.56 kWh capacity positioned under the rear seats. In combination with the 1.6-litre GDI engine IONIQ Hybrid delivers a system output of 103.6 kW (141 PS) and up to 265 Nm of torque, accelerating to a top speed of up to 115 mph (185 km/h). Fuel Consumption will be as good as 83.1 mpg (3.4l/100km) and CO2 emissions are as low as 79 g/km (combined). The electric motor enables the IONIQ Hybrid to operate in pure electric mode at speeds up to 120 km/h, driving conditions permitting.
Drivers choosing the IONIQ Plug-in can safely rely on 31 miles of estimated pure electric driving range powered by the potent 8.9 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. The 45kW (61 PS) electric motor together with the 1.6-litre GDI four-cylinder Kappa engine offers CO2 emissions as low as 26 g/km.
Six-speed dual-clutch transmission – responsiveness guaranteed
The IONIQ Hybrid and IONIQ Plug-in both feature a six-speed dual-clutch transmission (6DCT) that boasts best-in-class transfer efficiency by the use of low-friction bearings and low-viscosity transmission oil. They therefore achieve a unique mix of driving performance and fuel efficiency. Intelligently set gear ratios combined with a clever shift strategy transfer power smoothly from gear to gear.
The 6DCT engages the driver and harnesses the electric and combustion technologies to best effect. Thus, the IONIQ Hybrid and Plug-in offer a sporty and fun drive; far-off from the ‘rubber band-like’ acceleration of other hybrids.
Enhancing the car’s fuel efficiency and driving characteristics, the driver can select SPORT or ECO modes. The SPORT function holds lower gears longer and combines power from the engine and electric motor to reward the driver with maximised performance. Also, the digital instrument cluster graphic changes into a revolving speedometer, surrounded by an analogue style tachometer, showing the engine’s rpm on red coloured ground. In ECO mode, the 6DCT optimises the gear selection for fuel economy, shifting up earlier to higher gears to achieve class-leading fuel economy, while the TFT-information cluster simulates the familiar speedometer needle.
The powertrain components were designed to be very compact and highly efficient. The combined extra weight of the hybrid and plug-in hybrid technology therefore only adds minimal weight to the IONIQ but significantly increases its efficiency.
Compact electric motor powered by lithium-ion polymer battery
Electric power for the Hybrid, the Plug-in and the Electric is generated by a permanent magnet synchronous motor whose parts were optimised by reducing the thickness of core components (electrical sheet steel) by up to 10% and adopting rectangular-section copper wire to decrease core and copper loss.
Hyundai Motor decided to use a lithium-ion polymer battery pack for all IONIQ models instead of conventional nickel-metal-hydride batteries. This provides lower memory sensitivity, excellent charge and discharge efficiency along with outstanding maximum output.
Efficient packaging was also taken into consideration as the battery system is located underneath the rear seats so that the usability of the passenger cabin and cargo area is entirely uncompromised in the IONIQ Hybrid, offering cargo space of from 443 litres (VDA 211) to 1505 litres (VDA 214) with rear seats folded down.
This also holds true for the IONIQ Plug-in and the IONIQ Electric which despite larger batteries both offer generous cargo capacity.
An all-electric all-star: the IONIQ Electric
The IONIQ Electric offers pure e-mobility from a 28 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery for an estimated maximum range of over 280 km with power consumption as low as 11.5kWh/100km. The instantly available maximum torque of 295 Nm is delivered by the electric motor with a maximum output of 88 kW (120 PS) by the single-speed reducer transmission accelerating the car up to 103 mph (165 km/h).
The shift by wire system unique to IONIQ Electric enables operation of the car simply by pressing buttons to switch driving modes, in addition to which it eliminates the routing space required for housing the mechanical linkages between a normal shifter and the transmission, providing additional storage space in the front of the car.
The Single Speed Reducer transmission automatically and seamlessly accelerates the Electric and offers SPORT, NORMAL and ECO modes to enhance efficiency and driving characteristics. On top of this IONIQ Electric features paddles mounted at the steering wheel to adjust the regenerative braking in four stages according to the driver’s needs during deceleration and braking.
The IONIQ Electric also features an electronic parking brake (EPB) at the command of the driver’s fingertips, while the inductive charging tray for mobile phones is conveniently positioned right next to the shift by wire buttons.
Charging the IONIQ Electric lithium-ion polymer battery up to 80% only takes about 33 minutes using a 50 kW direct current (DC) fast charger. An In-Cable Control Box (ICCB) also allows drivers to charge their IONIQ at a regular compatible household alternating current (AC) power socket. The charging plug is located in a position where gas fillers are normally located.
POD Point is Hyundai’s preferred charging partner for customer domestic charge point installations. Owners can charge their IONIQ Electric from zero to 100 per cent in just 4.5 hours at home. POD Point also has over 1,500 public charging points across the UK, as well as points across the Hyundai UK dealer network and Hyundai Motor UK facilities.
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