Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI), the Philippines’ official distributor of Hyundai passenger and commercial vehicles, brings “The Greatest Show From Hyundai” to this year’s Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) from April 5 to 8, 2018 at the World Trade Center. This is composed of a series of heart-stopping performances dedicated to Hyundai’s Four Great Acts: the all-new Hyundai Veloster, the all-new Hyundai Santa Fe, the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, and the new Hyundai Kona. These models have never been seen in the country before. For this article, our focal point will be the Hyundai Ioniq.
The Hyundai Ioniq is Hyundai’s first ever dedicated hybrid/EV vehicle designed to rival the Toyota Prius family of hybrids. The Ioniq is offered in three distinct flavors globally, the electric, plug-in hybrid vehicle, and the one that was launched here at the 2018 MIAS, the hybrid model.
Hyundai’s designers aimed to create a hybrid with a fluid exterior designed in order to have a low drag coefficient. As such, the Ioniq’s exterior achieve a low drag coefficient of 0.24 Cd, making it one of the most aerodynamic cars on the market today. Designers also made efforts to sculpt the Ioniq’s liftback profile, and it starts with the car’s soft lines and surfaces that outline the car’s shape. Up front, Hyundai’s signature hexagonal grille makes a bold statement about the car’s modern and eco-friendly nature. Projector headlights with C-shaped LED positioning lights gives the Ioniq a unique look at night, while the lower LED daytime running lights provide a sleek and modern presence during the daytime.
Designers have focused on the theme of “Purified High-Tech”, a design that’s expressed through a clutter-free interior design. Some of the matrials used are eco-friendly plastics, while silver trim pieces give off a modern vibe inside the Ioniq. Drivers are given the privilege of an electronically adjustable driver’s seat, while a 5-inch touch screen infotainment system provides hybrid animations, information, and entertainment for the occupants.
Powering the Hyundai Ioniq is a 1.6 liter CVVT Atkinson Cycle petrol engine with 40% thermal efficiency, which is teamed up with an electric motor and a 1.56 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. Combined system output is 139 hp and 264 Nm of torque, which drives the front wheels via a 6-speed dual clutch transmission. The Ioniq hybrid has been rated by the US EPA to achieve 58 MPG (24.6 km/l), which is more fuel efficient than the Toyota Prius’.
HARI has announced pricing for the Hyundai Ioniq, which is pegged at P1,498,000. This makes the Ioniq the most affordable hybrid vehicle sold in the market today, which is about P300,000 less than the Toyota Prius C.