Spy-Shots of Cars

Hyundai’s upcoming Toyota Prius-rivalling hybrid – rumoured to be codenamed AE – will apparently be called the Hyundai Ioniq – if a report by AutoGuide is to be believed.

The US auto portal claims the name was dropped by a source close to Hyundai’s future plans, and that the South Korean giant registered the name with the Korean Intellectual Property Office on June 5. The following month, it applied for the trademark with agencies in Europe, Malta, Great Britain and Canada, as well the World Intellectual Property Organisation.

Does the name sound familiar? You’re not imagining things. Hyundai previously used the i-oniq name (yes, in lowercase with a dash) on a different concept car – an electric sports hatchback with a range-extending petrol engine. Nomenclature aside, expect the production Ioniq to share little with the show car.

Instead, the Ioniq is rumoured to be powered by a 1.6 litre four-cylinder petrol engine mated to an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack, with fuel consumption to match, if not better, the current Prius‘ claimed 4.6 litres per 100 km figure (that should be eclipsed by the upcoming fourth-gen Prius). A plug-in variant should also follow, as would a fully-electric version.