South Korean car major, Hyundai Motor has already earned the appreciation and attention of the world with its latest green car, the Hyundai IONIQ hybrid. The all-new IONIQ has been recently unveiled in Hyundai’s home market Korea, and its arrival in the global markets is highly awaited.
The Hyundai IONIQ’s launch in the car market of U.S is also much anticipated, as it is the biggest market for hybrid and electric vehicles owing to the strict emission rules. However, this new Korean environment friendly car’s US launch is still uncertain at the moment and the official word on its launch is pending. Nevertheless, Hyundai is expected to waste no time and launch the IONIQ in the US by the second half of this year.
However, the real interesting bit about the IONIQ is its fuel economy on which a hybrid car’s eco-friendly capabilities depend. According to Hyundai its new Korea-spec IONIQ overtakes the 2015 Toyota Prius in terms of fuel efficiency, while it might be surpassing the all new 2016 Prius as well, and the comparison is being looked at. If the Hyundai IONIQ really can outshine the hew generation Toyota Prius, then there’s no stopping this hybrid from becoming one of the most coveted hybrids in the world.
The all-new Hyundai IONIQ has got its name from the combination from the words ‘ion’ and ‘unique’ in order to represent its quality as a unique electric vehicle. There are many plus points of the vehicle which have been recognized even before it has hit the market which indicates that it is going to be the next highly successful model from Hyundai Motor.
The Hyundai IONIQ is a debonair vehicle with smart, neat and some futuristic styling elements which is a great thing to have in a nature friendly vehicle. Then, the IONIQ is also the first one that will be coming in three green versions – conventional hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully electric vehicle models.
Out of these, the regular hybrid model of the Hyundai IONIQ is claimed to offer 22.4 km per liter combined fuel economy when fitted with 15 inch wheels, and this has beaten the Korean-spec 2015 Toyota Prius Liftback model’s mileage of 21.7 km per liter.
While the Korean IONIQ returns a combined fuel economy of 52.7 mpg, the Korean 2015 Prius returns 49.4 mpg. Here it can be noticed that the Korean and US fuel economy tests and ratings are very close, as the US-spec Prius returns a combined 50 mpg.
The IONIQ’s fuel economy is being tested against the 2016 Toyota Prius, as the all new Prius has still not launched in the Korean market and is still under homologation testing.
The Hyundai IONIQ when equipped with 15 inch wheel offers 22.5 kmpl in city, 22.2 kmpl in highway; and 22.4 kmpl combined.
As per now, it is known that in the US car market, the all new Toyota Prius returns combined 52 mpg, this means in US the IONIQ with 15-inch wheels has all chances of overtaking this number as well.