A great year to drive efficiency. Wayne Gerdes and Jay Stewart – CleanMPG – Feb. 4, 2017 2017 Hyundai IONIQ HEV Overview - $23,035 to start incl. the $835 D&H charge provides owners an amazing and record setting 57/59/58 mpgUS city/highway/combined rating. The SEL and Limited trims are rated at 55/54/55 mpgUS city/highway/combined. As most here know, Hyundai has begun the first U.S. media drives of its IONIQ lineup – our turn arrives this weekend, in Santa Barbara, California. This is occurring as new IONIQs are appearing at Hyundai dealerships today! The IONIQ lineup will provide yet another great choice for a wide range of efficient transportation buyers. Hyundai’s IONIQ HEV, PHEV and BEV Preview From the numerous preview stories in the linked thread, the IONIQ includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Blue Link, as well as wireless charging for smartphone, and a 7-inch driver display. And the efficiency is ungodly! The Ioniq can also be equipped with Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. 2017 Hyundai Ioniq HEV and Electric Pricing HEV Blue - $22,200 HEV SEL - $23,950 HEV Limited - $27,500 BEV Electric - $29,500 BEV Limited - $32,500 Freight Charges for all 2017 MY Ioniq HEVs and BEVs is $835. 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Drivetrain (HEV) The Ioniq HEV and Ioniq PHEV both feature the very latest all-new direct-injected and atkinsonized, 104 hp and 109 lb.ft. of torque, 1.6L I4 with a thermodynamic efficiency of 40 percent. It is mated to a very fast shifting 6-speed double-clutch transmission (DCT). The high-efficiency electric motor can operate at speeds up to 75 MPH although we have seen the same drivetrain drop out at speeds as high as 83 mph during a coast down inside the Niro. The Ioniq Hybrid’s 43 hp and 125 lb.ft, of torque electric motor is placed between the I4 and the 6-speed DCT and is powered by a 1.56 kWh Li-Ion polymer battery located under the rear passenger seats. Total system output - engine and motor combined - equates to 139 hp. The most efficient Ioniq Blue trim has an EPA-estimated 57/59/58 mpgUS city/highway/combined, the highest rating of any non-PHEV sold in the U.S. market. The 6-speed DCT used in both the HEV and PHEV is said to provide a best-in-class transfer efficiency through the use of low-friction bearings and low-viscosity transmission oil at upwards of 96 percent. 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV-27) The Ioniq PHEV provides an all-electric range of preliminary estimated 27 miles and is powered by an 8.9 kWh Li-Ion polymer battery. The Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid’s estimated 45kW (60 horsepower) electric motor is coupled with the 1.6L I4. 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Battery Electric (BEV) The Ioniq Electric arrives with a 28 kWh Li-Ion polymer battery for an estimated driving range of 124 miles. The electric motor has a maximum output of 118 hp and 218 lb.ft. of torque and is mated to a single-speed transmission. The Ioniq Electric has an EPA-estimated 136 MPGe rating, the highest efficiency rating of any electric vehicle sold in the U.S. market. The Electric Detail Power for the IONIQ HEV, PHEV, and BEV is generated by a permanent magnet synchronous motor with resistance reducing rectangular-section copper wire. The Li-Ion polymer battery packs are 20 percent lighter than std. Li-Ion batteries in other HEVs, PHEVs, and BEVs and have lower memory sensitivity, excellent charge and discharge efficiency, and outstanding maximum output. The HEVs battery system is located underneath the rear seats so the 122.7 cu.ft. of passenger and cargo volume are uncompromised. The IONIQ PHEV and the BEV both offer a generous total interior volume of approximately 120.0 cu.ft. All Ioniq BEV are equipped with standard Level-3 DC fast-charging capability. Charging the Ioniq Electric’s Li-Ion polymer battery up to 80 percent only takes approximately 23 minutes using a SAE Combo Level-3 DC, 100 kW fast charger. An integrated In-Cable Control Box (ICCB) also allows drivers to charge their Ioniq using a standard 120V outlet. 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Exterior Design As I have been inundating you with details prior to even the U.S. reveal in NY last April through to today, the hatchback form factor is the most efficient aerodynamic shape on the road today. The Ioniq has been tested to the 4th gen Prius level of Cd at just 0.24. The front of the Ioniq HEV is characterized by the Bi-Xenon HID headlights surrounded by C-shaped LED positioning lamps. Hyundai’s signature hexagonal grille and vertical C-shaped LED DRLs further convey purity of design. Ioniq PHEV includes16” alloys and the HEVs hexagonal grille and the vertical C-shaped LED DRLs, plus low-beam LED headlamps. A charging port is located in the left front fender. Ioniq Electric grille is a very small opening flat surface. HID Xenon headlamps with Dynamic Bending Light (DBL) and LED tail lamps plus unique 16” eco-spoke alloys round out its exterior. All models include front wheel air curtains, a rear spoiler and diffuser, side sill moldings, floor undercover and a closed-wheel design. The HEV and PHEV feature a 3-stage active air flap integrated within the front grille. 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Interior Design The Ioniq incorporates many recycled materials. The interior door covers are made of plastic combined with powdered wood and volcanic stone. Raw materials extracted from sugar cane are partly applied on the headliner and carpet. Paint with renewable ingredients extracted from soybean oil is used to achieve lustrous metallic colors on key components. In terms of passenger and cargo volume, the Ioniq HEV provides 96.2 cu. ft. of passenger volume. Cargo volume comes in at 26.5 cu. ft. whereas the PHEV and BEV provide 23.8 cu. ft. of cargo volume with the seats up. The driver and passenger of the Electric have more room between the front seats due to the shift-by-wire drive selector free of a mechanical linkage and an electronic parking brake (EPB). The Ioniq climate control goes to recirc when A/C or heating is being requested and the Auto climate control can be set to ‘Driver only’ reducing the load of both A/C and heating on the overall powertrain. 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Infotainment Ioniq also allows drivers to integrate their smartphone with the vehicle’s infotainment system by providing both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Ioniq can also be equipped with a wireless inductive-charging pad for compatible smartphones. Optional on all trims, the Ioniq with Smart Cruise Control allows a constant following distance behind the vehicle ahead without depressing the accelerator or brake pedals. Unfortunately it cancels when speed drops to 5 mph or below vs. the Electric which provides full speed range from speed to 0 and back up again. The optional on all HEV trims Hyundai Blue Link connected car system adds Remote Start and Climate Control, Destination Search powered by Google, Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Car Finder, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, and Stolen Vehicle Recovery. Blue Link features can be accessed via buttons on the rearview mirror, My Hyundai, the Blue Link smartphone app, and now through the Amazon Alexa Blue Link skill. Some features can also be controlled via Android Wearand Apple Watch smartwatch apps. Owners of Ioniq PHEV and Electric will also be able manage and monitor their car’s charging schedule remotely via the Blue Link smartphone app or via Alexa to start and stop charging as needed. The Ioniq Electric features complimentary standard three-year Blue Link services. Ioniq Chassis R&H + Lightweighting The Ioniq is tuned towards better ride quality and lower interior noise. More sound insulation in the instrument panel minimizes noise intrusion. Damping in the floor panels, as well as enhanced A- and B- pillar insulation, thicker window glass and noise-cancelling film on the windshield, further reduce driving noise levels. The chassis consists of a somewhat light-yet-rigid body is the result of more than 50 percent Advanced High Strength Steel construction. Ioniq HEV and PHEV feature a quick steering ratio and an independent multi-link rear end with dual lower control arms. Aluminum front and rear suspension components saves approximately 22 lbs. compared with conventional steel construction. A reduction of five lbs. per front lower arm saves 13 lbs. at the front and almost nine lbs. at the rear. The placement of the traction battery below the rear seats provides a lower center of gravity for less body roll and improved road holding. The Ioniq Electric uses a less expensive and volume hogging torsion-beam rear axle. The regenerative braking system was designed to reduced noise. It can be adjusted through a steering-column-mounted regenerative paddles. An Integrated Brake Assist Unit (iBAU) and Pressure Source Unit (PSU) also contribute to quieter operation. Low rolling resistance Michelin Energy Saver AS’ are standard on all Ioniq models and trims with 15, 16 and 17” alloys. The Ioniqs use aluminum in the hood and tailgate, reducing weight by 27 lbs. In addition, the Pb-acid auxiliary 12V battery found in competitors’ hybrid models has been omitted in the Ioniq Hybrid, resulting in an approximate 26-pound reduction in weight. Ioniq Safety This rigid AHSS structure includes 476 feet of structural adhesives in lieu of welding providing lighter weight and even higher rigidity. Actively, the Ionic can be equipped with Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, rear parking sensors, and headlights with Dynamic Bending Light (DBL). A Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) provides individual tire pressures. Passively, seven airbags, front, side, side curtain and drivers knee airbag are standard. Body structure strengthening and high-strength fiber-reinforced rear bumper fascia should improve crash survivability further. The Ioniq can be purchased in Black Noir Pearl, Symphony Air Silver, Electric Blue Metallic, Ceramic White and Summit Gray. The Ioniq Hybrid features specially-designed two-tone contrasting 15” eco-spoke or 17” alloy wheels. Unfortunately Santa Barbara is expected to be inundated with rain on Friday and Saturday, the two days we will be there. I will try and get some seat time in the middle of the night if the rain holds off for a few hours.