Although it’s just a tease, Hyundai on Monday revealed a teaser of its Prius competitor, the Ioniq, which the automaker says will be the first car to offer “three electrified powertrains.” That means buyers will have the option to choose between all-electric, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid models.
No real concrete details are revealed in today’s tease, though Hyundai promises a “fun, responsive drive and attractive design.” The image included in the announcement gives us a vague idea of what the Ioniq will look like, though there have been purported spy shots of the pre-production design.
Based on an exclusive new platform, made specifically for the car’s multi-powertrain options, the IONIQ chassis is optimized to deliver responsive handling while remaining efficient in each of its three powertrain configurations. In its fully-electric (EV) form, the IONIQ is powered by a high capacity, ultra-efficient lithium ion battery. The plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version combines a fuel-efficient energy with battery power obtained by charging the car with electricity, boosting its range while cutting its emissions. Finally, the hybrid (HEV) utilizes the gasoline engine and motion of the car to charge the on-board battery, which returns enhanced efficiency by supplementing the engine’s power.
An early 2016 world premiere has been set for Korea, with the car also gearing up to make an appearance at the Geneva and New York auto shows in March.