Hyundai has released another teaser – including one of the interior – of its Toyota Prius-rivalling hybrid (also available in fully-electric or plug-in hybrid forms), the Hyundai Ioniq, ahead of its world debut in South Korea next month.

From the looks of it, the Ioniq will be a stylish, slick-looking vehicle with crisp lines, sharp head- and tail lights (the former with C-shaped LED positioning lights) and modern turbine-design alloy wheels – although we’re not really buying into the claim of a “coupé-like silhouette.” The styling is said to have been designed to minimise wind resistance and assist the efficient management of airflow around the body.

Previous spyshots have already pretty much revealed the interior in full, so the teaser rendering doesn’t really hold many surprises. The hexagonal centre panel (incorporating the air vents and infotainment system), three-spoke flat-bottomed steering wheel, the instrument cluster with battery charge readouts – these are all things we’ve already seen before.


Hyundai claims that the Ioniq will be the first car in the world to offer an electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid powertrain in a single body type. It also says that the Ioniq “combines class-leading fuel efficiency with a fun, responsive drive and attractive design, a unique mix not yet achieved by a hybrid vehicle.”

Equipped with a fully-electric (EV) powertrain, the Ioniq is powered by a high capacity, ultra-efficient lithium-ion battery. The plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version combines a “fuel-efficient energy” with battery power that is obtained by charging the car via an external power socket. Finally, the hybrid (HEV) utilises the petrol engine and motion of the car to charge the on-board battery.

To cater towards the multi-powertrain options, the Ioniq rides on a new platform that is said to be “optimised to deliver responsive handling while remaining efficient in each of its three powertrain configurations.”

SPYSHOTS: Hyundai Ioniq