Hyundai Ioniq Electric Confirmed For India; Debut On February 7
Hyundai, the South Korean automaker has confirmed that it will unveil the new Kona SUV at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. Besides Kona, the company will showcase the production ready Hyundai Ioniq Electric sedan at the event. The pure electric sedan was first unveiled in global markets in early 2016. This model will be launched in the country in 2019. It was speculated that Hyundai will launch Ioniq hybrid sedan, but increase in taxation on hybrids has forced the maker to opt for electric derivative of the car.
This electric saloon has been developed on Hyundai’s zero-emission platform. The Indian Government’s schemes like FAME and NEMMP have surely encouraged carmakers to bring in alternative fuel-run vehicles, and as result we are seeing a slow yet steady growth in electric vehicle segments. These vehicles attract lower excise duty besides other incentives being offered to promote ‘green’ vehicles. This Hyundai Ioniq Electric sedan is equipped with an electric motor that generates 88kW and 295Nm of torque.
Hyundai Ioniq Key Features
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Wireless charging of smartphones
7-inch TFT instrument cluster displays
Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
Lane Departure Warning,
Blind Spot Detection
Hyundai Ioniq Electric India launch
Hyundai has officially confirmed that the new Ioniq electric car will make its India debut at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo, which is scheduled to commence on February 7. This model will be imported via CKD route and then assembled at the company’s Chennai plant. It will be launched in the country in 2019.
Hyundai Ioniq Electric India Price
|Minimum||Rs 35 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 40 lakh|
Since the vehicle will come as CKD unit, we expect it to be priced between Rs 35 lakh – Rs 40 lakh (ex-showroom). At this price, it will be a direct rival to Toyota Prius.
Hyundai Ioniq Exterior Styling
The company says that “Hyundai designers concentrated on its future-focused character, fundamental to its appeal. A fluid exterior shape and natural air flow channels emphasize aerodynamic body lines and surface volumes.” Design inspiration for the Ioniq comes from Hyundai’s latest fluidic design philosophy. It comes with hatchback-like profile along with various other smart efficiency solutions help in offering a class-leading drag coefficient of 0.24. Design highlights include hexagonal grille, vertical C-shaped LED daytime running lights, low-beam LED headlamps and 16-inch alloy wheels.
Hyundai Ioniq Dimensions
Dimensionally, the Ioniq electric is 4,470mm in length, 1,821mm in width and 1,450mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,700mm. The electric car comes with a boot space of 350-litres, which can be further extended by up to 1,410-litre by folding rear seats.
Hyundai Ioniq Interior
Similar to the exterior, the vehicle’s interior too looks futuristic. Based on ‘Purified High-tech’ design concept, the Ioniq hybrid’s cabin has an all-black dashboard with several control buttons for hassle-free operations. The company claims that the interior materials have been chosen with an ‘ecologically-sensitive focus’ to give the interior sleek and purified feel. Chrome touches on AC vents, door handles, dashboard and steering wheel complements the all-black layout of the cabin.
Hyundai Ioniq Electric Specifications
|Engine||28 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery|
|Electric Motor Range||200kms|
|Gearbox||6-speed dual-clutch automatic|
Developed on Hyundai’s zero-emission platform, the Ioniq is available with three engine options in global markets – hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully electric. Indian market will get all-electric version of the car. It will be powered by 28 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. This electric powertrain will also power the upcoming Kona electric. It is capable of producing 88 kW or 118bhp of power and 295Nm of torque and power is transmitted to the front wheels of the car. On full charge, the Ioniq electric car can run up to 200km.