The all-new Hyundai IONIQ sedan, which will come with three different electrified powertrains, will sport coupe-like styling with design flourishes that telegraph its environmental credentials while delivering “class-leading” aerodynamics, the company said.
The new renderings of the IONIQ sedan depict compact packaging with clean lines, a low hood and a raised rear deck. The front end gets an emphasized fog light recess.
The Hyundai IONIQ, which will debut next month in South Korea, will come in a traditional hybrid, a plug-in hybrid and an all-electric set up.
Hyundai says the IONIQ will be first car from any manufacturer to offer either an electric, traditional gasoline-electric hybrid or plug-in hybrid powertrain in a single body type.
“The IONIQ will deliver a fun and responsive driving experience, while also meeting the needs of those wishing to reduce the impact their motoring has on the environment. Hyundai Motor’s designers have therefore created an exterior design that is rich in emotional appeal, as well as making a significant contribution to meeting the car’s environmentally-focused brief.
Simple, carefully wrought contours minimize wind resistance and assist the efficient management of airflow around the exterior. At the front, familiar Hyundai design themes are evident notably the signature hexagonal grille, which incorporates active ‘flaps’ that can direct airflow over the car. The grille is topped by an attractive gloss-black element that extends outwards to meet distinctive new headlamps featuring integrated ‘C’-position lights. The exterior color choice adds to the car’s allure, formulated to be evocative of fog about to lift.
Inside the IONIQ the smooth, elegant and clutter-free theme continues. There is efficient use of interior space and a clear, logical approach is applied to the layout of control functions. Simple and stylish surfaces make use of eco-friendly materials to convey a futuristic yet warm cabin ambience that will appeal to a new generation of motorists.”
The IONIQ’s name references elements of its creation. An ion is an electrically-charged atom, linking to the car’s clever combination of electrified powertrains. The second part of the name references the unique offering it brings to the Hyundai range, demonstrating the brand’s environmental commitment and willingness to maximize choice for its customers. Finally, the Q is depicted in the car’s logo as a visual breakthrough, acknowledging the fresh new approach of this advanced, low-emission model.