New Hyundai IONIQ hybrid images and specs revealed

New Hyundai IONIQ hybrid images and specs revealed
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The all-new Hyundai IONIQ will be the first car sold with a choice of three different hybrid or electric powertrains. Set to be unveiled in Korea in January, the new car will make its European debut at March\'s Geneva Motor Show.

The all-new Hyundai IONIQ will be the first car sold with a choice of three different hybrid or electric powertrains. Set to be unveiled in Korea in January, the new car will make its European debut at March's Geneva Motor Show. Hyundai has now released information on the hybrid system, the first of three setups that will eventually be available along with an all-electric model and a plug-in hybrid.

The hybrid IONIQ will use a new 1.6-litre engine, developed specifically for Hyundai's hybrid vehicles, linked to a magnetic electric motor. Engineers have worked to make the engine as efficient as possible for optimal fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, claiming the engine boasts the world's highest thermal efficiency. The electric motor uses a lithium ion polymer battery that uses power from the motor to regenerate during use.

Hyundai has released two images that give us a proper view of the IONIQ, as opposed to the renders and teaser shots we've seen to date. Hyundai insists that much of the car's styling has been determined by the search for maximum aerodynamic efficiency.

Air-intakes will close at speed to reduce drag and, therefore, make the car more efficient and give it greater electric-only range. This theme extends to the aerodynamic wheels and to the sleek headlight clusters. That's not to say that it's completely devoid of customary Hyundai styling themes, however, as like all the company's products, it utilises the signature hexagonal grille.

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