Hyundai Releases New Teasers Of IONIQ Sedan, Confirms Hybrid, PHEV & EV Versions

Two new teasers of the Hyundai’s IONIQ dedicated hybrid have just been released by the marque, providing us with a clearer view of both the exterior and interior designs.

The first of the new teasers confirms that the IONIQ will indeed by a sedan filled with characteristic Hyundai design cues. The front for example will include the automaker’s expected hexagonal grille while the headlights will incorporate C-shaped LED daytime running lights. Additional, daytime running lights are also visible within the front air intakes, albeit this time they are running vertically.

From the sides, we can see a prominent body crease stretching from the top of the front wheel arch right through to the pointed edge of the taillight. The IONIQ pictured has been designed with a set of eye-opening wheels but it’s unlikely these will make their way through to production.

As for the cabin, it is simple yet sophisticated with bright blue highlights throughout. It appears to feature a fully digital gauge cluster while there is a second screen embedded into the dashboard inevitably handling all the infotainment functions. With that being said, spy shots suggest the gauge cluster won’t in fact by entirely digital. Nevertheless, we can also see a Start-Stop button, four large air vents as well as a transmission tunnel baring similarities to the Porsche 911’s console, with similar buttons.

Beyond its design, the Hyundai IONIQ will be important not just for the brand but the industry as a whole as the first production car to be available with three exceptionally efficient powertrains. The first will be a fully-electric model with customers also having the choice of a plug-in hybrid system with a petrol engine and electric motor or a simpler petrol/electric hybrid system without plug-in capacity. It’s launch will come after months of testing.

The car is tipped to be launched at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March.


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