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THE FIRST PICTURES OF THE NEW HYUNDAI IONIQ ARE REVEALED FOR 2016

Hyundai has revealed some of their official pictures of the New Ioniq, the new rival of the Prius. The name Ioniq however, is a combination of the word ion, an electrically-charged atom and the word unique.

The exterior design of the car Hyundai says is based on 'class-leading aerodynamic performance' thanks to its waved style, shape and the attention to detail on the moving flaps in the front grill.

Within the cabin you can see the resemblance of the All-New Tucson with the new touchscreen display system and the general layout of the dashboard. However, obviously as a brand new car there are brand new bits such as the luxurious leathers, flat-bottom steering wheel with steering wheel mounted control added and a blue trim available on the dashboard and the seat linings.

However the Ioniq is set to be the world's first production car that has the option of a hybrid, fully electric and ply-in hybrid powertrain options. More information will be available on this when the exact technical are revealed in the next couple of months.

The first engine details of the new hybrid are a 104 bhp 1.6 litre naturally-aspirate petrol engine, which at 40%, Hyundai claims has 'The world's highest thermal efficiency'. It also has a magnetic electric motor next to it provides another 47 bhp. The electric motor is powered by a lithium-ion battery that is said to offer an outstanding charge and discharge performance compared to a nickel-metal hybrid pack that is on the Prius. Hyundai hasn't revealed the official economy figures just yet, but we will post them as soon as they're available.

The Hyundai Ioniq is likely to go on sale in the UK in the last quarter of 2016 in electric and hybrid guises and the plug-in hybrid releasing on a later date.

White Hyundai Ioniq studio image
Hyundai Ioniq Premium SE interior with sat nav and leather upholstery