Hyundai is quickly infiltrating various segments of the automotive world, but it hasn’t forgotten about the alternative-fuel segments. One vehicle that will help expand the Korean automaker’s reach into the latter segment is the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid, which will join forces with the Ioniq Hybrid and Electric to create the first ever green car with three available powertrains.
The general appearance of the Ioniq lineup will remain consistent across all three versions, but each model will have its own small differentiators. The Plug-In Hybrid model’s unique features, when compared to the base Hybrid model, will include LED low-beam headlights, charging-port cover on the front, left fender, and unique 16-inch wheels.
Inside, the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid will feature a clean, clutter-free design that many drivers will find familiar. Standard features on the Ioniq will include active grille shutters, LED taillights, heated mirrors, a proximity key with push-button start, heated front seats, a 7-inch touchscreen audio system, and more.
Under the hood of the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid will be a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 104 horsepower and 109 pound-feet of torque. This gasoline engine will pair with an electric motor that will inject 60 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque. Hyundai hasn’t officially released the total system output, but it does expect the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid to travel more than 25 miles on a charge before kicking on the gasoline engine.
While the IIHS will not get to test out the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid for some time, Hyundai claims that it’s rigid and safe thanks to its 53 percent advanced high-strength steel construction. Additionally, its optional automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, and smart cruise control will satisfy the IIHS’ call for automakers to include advanced safety features. Given its construction is up to the tests that the IIHS puts it through, particularly the small-overlap test, we anticipate a Top Safety Pick Plus rating for the Ionic Plug-In Hybrid.
Expect a full review closer to launch.