Hyundai showcases 3 eco-focused Ioniq models

Hyundai showcases 3 eco-focused Ioniq models

In line with the Washington Auto Showês public policy theme, Hyundai is showing three new eco-focused models: the 2017 Ioniq Electric, Ioniq Hybrid and Ioniq Plug-in, as well as the Ioniq Land Speed Record and Ioniq Autonomous versions. The Hybrid and Electric models will be available in a few weeks and the Plug-in in the third quarter. The Ioniq is Hyundaiês first dedicated green vehicle.

–Millennials want to buy a car like a phone,” said Mike OêBrien, vice president of product, corporate and digital business. The Ioniq Electric will be available on a subscription model, with the car brought to the buyer.

The Ioniq Plug-in has a 27-mile all-electric range and unusual for this type of car five-passenger seating. Both the Plug-In and Hybrid have 6-speed dual-clutch transmission, which is sportier than the continuously variable transmission more commonly used in plug-ins and hybrids. The Ioniq safety package brings it to Level 2 autonomy, with automatic emergency braking, smart cruise control and lane keep.

The Ioniq autonomous concept vehicle, shown at the CES, is integrated with existing smart cruise control and lane keep assist. The sensors are concealed, so it looks like any other car. A fleet of the Ioniq autonomous vehicles is used as taxis at the Hyundai campus in South Korea, OêBrien said.

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