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At long last, the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid has finally made its launch debut here at the 1 Utama Shopping Centre. The model was first shown to us in left-hand drive guise in May this year, before being put on display as a proper right-hand drive model earlier this month.

First, the headline details: two variants are up for grabs here – HEV and HEV Plus, priced at RM100,328 and RM110,828 respectively (on-the-road without insurance). The EEV-certified Ioniq Hybrid is also a locally-assembled (CKD) model, handled by Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors at its Inokom plant in Kulim, Kedah.

Powering both variants is a 1.6 litre Kappa GDI four-cylinder Atkinson cycle direct injection engine, which produces 105 PS at 5,700 rpm and 147 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The engine is paired with a six-speed dry dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT), as well as a permanent magnet synchronous electric motor.

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Said electric motor provides 32 kW (44 PS) and 170 Nm, and is powered by a 1.56 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack located under the rear seats, accessible via a service slot on the right side. For the curious, the regular 12 V battery is placed in the boot on the right side.

All in all, the combined system output here is 141 PS and 265 Nm, with drive being directed to the front wheels. In terms of performance, zero to 100 km/h takes 11.1 seconds, the top speed is 185 km/h, plus Hyundai claims a fuel consumption of just 3.4 l/100 km (almost 30 km/l), along with a drag coefficient of just 0.24.

The 240 V hybrid powertrain here offers two drive modes – Eco and Sport. In Eco mode, the car will automatically run in EV mode (up to 120 km/h) when there’s enough charge, and will call upon the internal combustion engine (ICE) if needed. As for Sport, both the ICE and electric motor will be in play concurrently to propel the vehicle, complete with a unique red theme for the instrument cluster (HEV Plus only).

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The powertrain components rest within a new dedicated platform that employs aluminium in various areas (hood, tailgate) to keep the weight down, with high strength steel to provide rigidity. The suspension setup here is made up of MacPherson struts at the front, while at the rear, you’ll find a multi-link system with dual lower arms for better ride comfort and driving dynamics.

On the exterior, the HEV variant gets a gloss black radiator grille, projector halogen headlamps, bulb-type rear combination taillights, chrome door handles and electric side mirrors, blue and/or grey highlights (depending on body colour) and LED daytime running lights are standard across the range.

The top-of-the-range HEV Plus, meanwhile, gets a chrome grille instead, additional sensors on the badge for the extended safety kit (detailed below), along with HID bi-xenon headlamps, LED positioning lamps and LED rear taillights. Both variants come with 17-inch alloy wheels shod with 225/45R17 Michelin Primacy 3 tyres (with a full size spare in the boot) and all-round disc brakes (15-inch ventilated front, 14-inch rear).

Stepping inside, you’ll find fabric seats on the HEV variant, whereas the HEV Plus adds on leather for the seats and steering wheel. Also exclusive to the HEV Plus are eight-way adjustable power driver’s seat (with two-way lumbar support), a 7.0-inch TFT-LCD digital instrument cluster, 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Qi wireless charger and electro-chromic rearview mirror.

The standard HEV makes do with a 4.2-inch TFT-LCD Supervision cluster, manual rearview mirror (day and night mode), no power driver’s seat and a smaller 5.0-inch LCD audio system. However, both variants come with keyless operation, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, rearview camera, rear air-con vents, along with blue interior accents.

Safety-wise, the Ioniq is equipped with seven airbags (dual front, side, curtain and driver’s knee), ABS, brake assist, hill-start assist and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) as standard. Get the Plus, and it adds on blind spot detection, autonomous emergency braking system (AEB), lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control (Smart Cruise Control), all available for the first time in this price range.

Other details? There’s seven exterior body colours to choose from – Phantom black, Aurora silver, Polar white, Marina blue, Platinum silver, Phoenix orange (HEV Plus only) and Iron grey. Each Ioniq Hybrid also comes with Hyundai’s Care Plus package – a five-year or 300,000 km warranty, plus Safe Drive 24/7 roadside assist.

Those concerned about the traction battery will be glad to know that Hyundai is offering an eight-year (unlimited mileage) warranty on the traction battery, and should it need to be replaced after that, there’s a guarantee that the cost of the battery replacement will be below RM10,000.

As part of an introductory offer, Ioniq customers will also benefit from a three-year or 60,000 km free service package, three-year guaranteed automotive protection (GAP) insurance coverage and interest rate from as low as 2.28%.

You can also browse full specifications and equipment of the Hyundai Ioniq on CarBase.my.

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