In a segment that is underserved in terms of options abundant in supply, Hyundai launched the hybrid sedan which may become a game changer, especially with the announced duty changes in the latest budget. The Hyundai Ioniq is a 1.6L hybrid sedan, though it technically qualifies as a 5 door hatchback (no segregat–ed boot, similar to other hybrid offerings).
The Ioniq is propelled by a 1.6-liter Kappa four cylinder GDi petrol engine which produces 105hp and about 148 Nm of torque. This is aided by an electric motor, which delivers 43 bhp and approximately 169 Nm of torque, powered by a lithium-ion poly–mer battery with 1.56 kWh capacity. The batteries are positioned under the rear seats, which allows for maximized cargo space (750L behind the rear seats). This expands to a massive 1410L with the rear seats folded flat (60:40 split). With an estimated fuel economy of 25km per litre in mixed conditions, the Ioniq also holds up on the tech front as well as the comfort and styling side of things. The soft touch interior lining is forged with volcanic rock, and is a welcome shift away from the hard plastic often found in mid ranged hybrids.
The 6 speed dual clutch transmission is also a rarity in the hyrbid segment, with most Japanese hybrids utilizing the CVT setup. Not only will the dual clutch transmission allow for quicker, more precise shifting, but also allow for better power transfer and less noise.
The engine category for this vehicle means that its the only one that sees a price drop in duty rates, so its Rs. 9,950,000/- price point makes it more than competitive in the market. Contact Hyundai Lanka to book a test drive on 0112 866 866.