Competition for the prius

Competition for the prius

Seoul, 14. January 2016 – the opponent is not called by name. By 2020, hyundai’s moon-sik kwon says at the launch of the ioniq, the company aims to be "number two in the global green car market". Behind toyota. And so, with the ioniq, the koreans are making a friendly but firm attack on the prius: it is a matter of overcoming prejudices about hybrid cars. The ioniq will not only outperform every competitor in terms of key figures, but will also offer "fuel economy, driving feedback and an attractive design". In addition, the ioniq differs from the competition – and again the toyota prius is meant – by the 6-speed dual-clutch transmission, which does not have a "rubber band effect".

In short: hyundai brings its own interpretation of the prius theme with the ioniq and tries to circumvent its weaknesses in the process.

The most important differentiation, however, is not the technical details. More on that in a moment. The ioniq is exciting because it will come in three drive variants: as a parallel hybrid, as a plug-in hybrid and in a battery-electric version. Only the parallel hybrid will be available on the german market this year – the derivatives will follow.

Hyundai is also backing a five-door hatchback. The drag coefficient of the body is cw 0.24. Just like the prius. No figure is given yet for the frontal area.

Gasoline is injected at 200 bar

The powertrain combines a direct-injection gasoline engine with a displacement of 1.6 liters and 77 kw (105 hp) at 5700 rpm and a torque of 147 nm at 4000 rpm with an electric motor. The latter produces 32 kw (43.5 hp) and 170 nm. Hyundai gives the system output as 103.6 kw (141 hp); the total torque is 265 nm in first gear and 235 nm in sixth gear.

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