Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) has previewed the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid for the second time at the ongoing 2016 Malaysia Autoshow, just ahead of its official launch date at the end of the year.
This comes days after HSDM announced the order books for the hybrid vehicle are opened, with an estimated retail price upwards of RM130,000.
Similar to the Prius for Toyota, the Ioniq was developed from the onset by Hyundai to be powered only by electrified powertrains namely hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and full electric.
The hybrid variant will be made available at the launch featuring Hyundai’s 1.6-litre four-cylinder GDI Kappa engine (good for 105PS) working in tandem with a 44PS electric motor.
Combined output of the system is rated at 141PS and 265Nm, delivered to the front wheels via a 6-speed dual clutch transmission. A lithium-ion polymer traction battery, located under the rear passenger compartment feeds the electric motor.
The Ioniq’s styling is influenced by various active and passive aerodynamic features designed to manage airflow around the vehicle. An active aero front grille, wheel air curtains, rear spoiler, and smooth underbody cover to all help contribute to a drag coefficient of just 0.24.
With a wheelbase measuring 2,700mm, the Ioniq is similar in size to most C-segment sedans in the market. The body is constructed with 53.5% advanced high-strength steel and lightweight aluminium.
The Malaysian market Hyundai Ioniq will include a touchscreen audio-visual navigator, dynamic reverse camera, electronic stability control, and seven airbags.
Members of the public can view the Hyundai Ioniq at the 2016 Malaysia Autoshow 2016 which starts today till 13 November.