Hyundai Ioniq Electric early reveal

When it was revealed, the Hyundai Ioniq was reported to come in three powertrain options – a full electric vehicle (EV), a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) and a plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV). With the HEV already out in the open, the carmaker has now released its first official image and details of the Ioniq Electric (EV) for the Korean market.

From a design standpoint, the Ioniq Electric retains almost the same looks as its hybrid sibling. The obvious difference here is the total omission of any form of internal combustion (obviously). Instead, the Ioniq Electric comes equipped with a 88 kW (117 hp equivalent) electric motor, capable of accelerating the car up to a top speed of 150 km/h.

The electric motor sources its power from a 28 kWh battery pack made by LG, which is positioned under the rear seats. With a full charge, the Ioniq Electric is capable of a range of up to 169 km under the South Korean test cycle. By comparison, the Kia Soul EV’s 27 kWh battery provides 148 km of range, and the Nissan Leaf’s 30 kWh battery, 172 km.

Standard equipment on the Ioniq Electric include projector headlights (with LED DRLs), 16-inch wheels, seven airbags, and a premium audio multimedia system linked to a six-speaker audio system and 5.0-inch colour LCD screen. On the higher-spec Q variant, LED headlights and a more expansive 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system are added, with an eight-speaker JBL premium audio system to match.

Prices for the Ioniq Electric in Korea start at approximately 40 million won (RM136,012) for the base N variant, while the higher-spec Q variant sees an additional 3 million won (RM10,206) added to the base price.


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