Hyundai has announced prices for its forthcoming Ioniq – the first car offered with three choices of electric-based powertrain.
On sale from 13th October 2016, the Ioniq will be offered with hybrid – combining a 1.6GDi petrol engine with an electric motor, plug-in hybrid and full electric powertrains.
The hybrid variant will cost from £19,995 (which compares to the £23,295 start price of its likely direct rival the Toyota Prius), the full electric model £28,995. However the price of the latter could be cut by as much as £4,500 if as expected it qualifies for the UK Government’s plug-in car grant.
Prices of the plug-in hybrid versions, meanwhile, will be revealed closer to its launch in 2017.
Hybrid entry-level models will include as standard 15-inch alloy wheels, DAB radio with Bluetooth, cruise control and rear parking sensors with a rear-view camera.
Driver aids amongst the standard safety package include Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist System and an individual Tyre Pressure Monitoring System.
Electric models will only be offered from the second-level Premium specification upwards. This adds keyless entry with push button start, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, Bi-Xenon headlamps with LED rear combination lamps, an instrument cluster with a seven-inch LCD display, integrated satellite navigation with TomTom Live services, an Infinity audio system with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay and wireless phone charging.
The electric versions also gain some specific features – automatic windscreen wipers with a rain sensor, 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps and rear combination lamps, and smart cruise control.
There is also a range-topping Premium SE specification, adding heated/ventilated front seats and heated outer rear seats all in leather, a heated leather steering wheel and a powered driver’s seat with integrated memory. Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Front Parking Assist and optional 17-inch alloy wheels also feature.
Hyundai has also announced the selection of specialist installer POD Point as its preferred partner in providing home-charging points for Ioniq customers. The electric version of the car is said to offer a range of up to 174 miles, with an 80 per cent charge possible in 33 minutes from a 50kW rapid public charger.
According to Hyundai Motor UK President and CEO Tony Whitehorn, the Ioniq will make low- to zero-emission mobility more accessible to more people.
“It is also an important milestone in our sustainability strategy, bringing innovative technologies to the market and extending the company’s product range of low-to-zero emission vehicles, which already includes the world’s first mass-produced fuel-cell electric vehicle, the ix35 Fuel Cell,” Whitehorn says.