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Hyundai delivers details on its latest green machine

The automaker divulged information regarding its power train options, as well as some pictures of the production interior and exterior.

Hyundai Ioniq
It's like an early Prius had a baby with an Elantra.

Instead of waiting until the Geneva and New York auto shows to give away the whole story, Hyundai today released some additional details about its much-hyped Ioniq. The sedan will go on sale in three eco-friendly variants -- traditional gas-electric hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full electric.

The first model to arrive at dealerships will be the gas-electric hybrid. Its gas engine will be a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with gasoline direct injection and an output of 104 horsepower -- Hyundai claims the motor has a world-best thermal efficiency of 40 percent. It will mate to an electric motor putting out an additional 43 hp. All of that connects to a six-speed, dual-clutch transmission before power is transmitted to the front wheels.

Under its skin, the Ioniq boasts plenty of advanced high-strength steel and aluminum. Using the latter material for nonstructural components (like the hood) has it weighing 30 pounds less than it otherwise would. It's packing both a low-slung, lithium ion battery and a multilink rear suspension, both of which should have it handling quite nicely.

The Ioniq's interior keeps the whiz-bang gadgetry to a minimum.


Stylewise, the car is relatively conservative. The rear end is attractive, with a glass portion of the trunk to help mitigate rearward-visibility issues stemming from its high tail. Inside, it's definitely a Hyundai -- the infotainment system and switchgear look to be plucked straight from other cars in the lineup.

There's still no word on pricing or market availability, but much of that information will likely wait until its reveal at both the Geneva and New York auto shows later this year. The car should go head-to-head with green-segment stalwarts like the Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius.