Hyundai is one company that is most enthusiastic when it comes to improving performance and efficiency in hybrid vehicles. Similarly, 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid falls in the company’s plan to setting new benchmarks for efficient performance.
Like its predecessor, this new Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid will stand on the same platform as that of Elantra. All in all, changes/improvements in 2018 Ioniq Hybrid will definitely place Hyundai’s hatch in perfect competition with Kia Optima, Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Chevy Bolt EV, Toyota Prius and Ford C-Max.
2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Exterior Changes
To bring out further improvements in overall performance and fuel economy, Hyundai might modify the exterior body to lower the drag coefficient. Aerodynamic factors may be amped up and curvers may be smoothened to quite an extent.
Design wise, the front fascia of 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is receiving upscale refinements with a redesigned trapezoidal grille. Revised LED headlights will then bracket this grille with chrome finish. Experts also predict that the windshield will get a steep rake to keep things sleeker.
The side body is wearing horizontal accent lines that reach all the way to the taillights. New cast aluminum wheels are to come in optional sizes including 15, 16 and 17 inches.
The interior cabin of 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid will be more luxurious. As part of the generational change, the front bucket seats will get 10-way power reclining function. The rear ones might receive slight modifications to provide a bit more legroom.
For entertainment, the 7-inch screen infotainment system will support smartphone integration with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. As it’s to safety, features like adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, forward collision alert and emergency autonomous braking will be available as standard.
Powertrain and Drive Range
According to various reports, Hyundai is looking forward to extending its EV drive range to more than 200 miles. 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid might come with a 1.6-liter 4 cylinder engine with direct injection under its hood.
Combined with this engine will be the electric motors which are set to produce 43 HP. The 1.6-liter engine will solely produce 110 HP and the hybrid powertrain as a whole could produce outputs of more than 140 HP and 110 lb-ft of torque. This hints that mileage figures could reach nearly around 38 mpg city, 32 mpg highway and 40 mpg combined.
A plug-in variant is also on the cards which might use electric motors of more than 60 HP and a 9 kWh battery pack. Similarly, an all-electric powertrain might be on Hyundai’s plans which will use a whopping 28 kWh battery to produce 128 HP.
Price and Release Date
With so many changes on the way, 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is expected to come with a price tag of $37,400. This hybrid model is suspected of entering commercial production soon and might roll out during the 1st quarters of 2018.