The new 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In hybrid starts at $25,000 and offers tremendous features posing a threat to the Toyota Prius. Many car manufacturers have already rolled out their hybrid vehicles in India, and Hyundai moves to the electric car bandwagon with the latest Ioniq hybrid edition. The Korean manufacturer has had its dedicated plug-in hybrid in standard hybrid models and all-electric variants.
Sources close to Hyundai say that automaker is planning to unveil the all-new Ioniq plug-in hybrid next year at the Delhi Auto Expo in India. The new generation Ioniq is geared to challenge the Toyota Prius, which is already on sale in the Indian market as a new generation vehicle. While the new Ioniq bears the same hatch-like profile as the Prius, its exterior styling sets it apart from this rival.
2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid – Comes with Aerodynamic Design
The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid has approximately 0.24 drag coefficient ratio courtesy of its aerodynamic design. The front end sports the brand’s hexagonal grille moniker alongside vertical C-shaped LED daytime running lamps. We also find model-specific 16-inch alloy wheels and low-beam LED headlights. Hyundai has also integrated a charging portal for the lithium-ion polymer battery into the car’s left front fender.
The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid’s cabin sports a fascinating design. It comes with an all-black treatment, which gets complemented with matte-silver highlights. Earlier this year, Hyundai officials told the press they intended to make the latest Ioniq an eco-friendly vehicle.
All the materials used to build its interior are eco-friendly. For instance, Hyundai engineers and designers opted to apply raw materials extracted from sugarcane on the carpet and headliner. The company made the car’s interior door pads from of a mix of plastic materials, powdered wood, and volcanic stone. This material combination proved handy in saving weight, too.
However, the inside of the incoming Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid highlights a high-definition seven-inch TFT information cluster. This feature displays a variety of information ranging from the drive mode, speedometer, and fuel level. For sure, everything incorporated into the revamped Ioniq defines the future on a platter—even what powers it.
2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid – Engine and Battery Pack
The PHEV derives its juice from a 1.6-liter Atkinson Cycle 4-cylinder engine rated at 104-horsepower. This system gets connected with a 60-horsepower electric motor which claims up to 40% thermal efficiency. The engine system also receives a lightweight, low-friction 6-speed automatic dual-clutch gearbox.
The only notable difference between the next Ioniq and the current one is that the new PHEV gets a larger 8.9-kWh that replaces the 1.6-kWh battery pack. It uses the Level 2 (240-volt) hardware to charge the car fully in less than 2.5 hours. The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid will hit nearly 27 miles of range on electric power alone, 650 miles combined range. It comes with 52 mpg fuel economy, and 119 MPGe on electricity.
2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid – Price and Debut
Hyundai has confirmed the 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid pricing for the U.S market. Furthermore, according to the auto manufacturer, the inbound Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid starts at $25,000 and tops out at $28,300 for the Limited variant. Finally, expect this vehicle at dealerships sometime in the second half of 2018.