A new rendering of Hyundai’s all-new IONIQ hints at how the brand’s first dedicated electric model will look like. The Korean manufacturer claims the exterior will deliver “class-leading aerodynamic performance”.
At the front, familiar Hyundai design themes are evident notably the signature hexagonal grille, which is also topped by a gloss-black element that extends outwards to meet new headlamps featuring integrated ‘C’-position lights.
The car’s interior has also been previewed, which the designers say makes “efficient use of interior space”, adopting a “clear, logical approach” to the layout of control functions.
Due for launch in early 2016, Hyundai claims the IONIQ will be the world’s first car to offer a choice of three powertrains – full electric, hybrid, or plug-in hybrid – within a single bodytype.
In 2013, Hyundai became the first carmaker to mass-produce a hydrogen-fuelled vehicle, namely, the Tucson Fuel Cell (badged as the ix35 Fuel Cell in some markets).
Following a world debut in Korea in January, the IONIQ is due to be shown in Europe during March 2016 at the Geneva motor show.