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Following design sketches that were shown yesterday, Hyundai has now revealed its first official images of its Hyundai Ioniq hybrid, along with a few initial details surrounding the vehicle’s chassis and powertrain.

As reported, the Ioniq will offer three powertrain options – a full electric vehicle (EV), a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) and a plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV). However, only the Ioniq hybrid has been detailed here, with the Korean car maker confirming that the full EV and PHEV will only appear at later points.

Even still, all three versions of the Hyundai Ioniq will rely on just the one, brand-new architecture. Advanced High Strength Steel is a primary component of the structure, assuring chassis rigidity an ability to withstand collision forces. But, Hyundai has also cleverly incorporated lightweight aluminium body panels into the design as well.

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According to Hyundai’s materials, non-structural body panels such as the hood, tailgate and suspension components are made from aluminium. Use of the lightweight material has allowed for weight savings of up to 12.6 kg.

Hyundai has also revealed that its new chassis features a low centre of gravity thanks to its traction battery being positioned lower and nearer to the centre of the vehicle. The Korean carmaker suggests that its new model will offer “dynamic ride and handling at its core,” but we’ll reserve judgement for that once we get a chance to drive it for ourselves.

With only the powertrain of the Ioniq hybrid revealed, it looks like Hyundai is starting fresh with a brand-new 105 PS/147 Nm 1.6 litre Kappa GDI petrol engine. Paired with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, Hyundai says that both powertrain elements have been developed exclusively for the Ioniq.

Claiming to have the world’s highest thermal efficiency at 40%, Hyundai also explains that its engine’s head and block has a split design for optimised cooling. The four-pot features a 200 bar high-pressure, six-hole direct fuel injector that is said to further improve fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

A 43.5 PS/170 Nm permanent magnet electric motor is sandwiched between the engine and transmission, while a lithium ion polymer traction battery positioned almost directly under the passenger’s seat completes this vehicle’s hybrid nature. No further details, such as its performance characteristics, were revealed.

As mentioned in our previous report, the Hyundai Ioniq will be making a global debut in Korea first, while bookings for the vehicle are already being taken in several markets. Its motor show debut is set to take place at Geneva in March, giving Hyundai some time to go before revealing further details.


GALLERY: Hyundai Ioniq spyshots