Hyundai Australia has announced launch timeframes for its upcoming Ioniq, Veloster and Kona EV models.
The first of these models to hit Australian shores will be the Ioniq, launching with the full range consisting of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full electric models.
The Ioniq Hybrid is designed for economical petrol driving, and is powered by a 77kW/147Nm 1.6-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol that’s paired to a 32kW/170Nm electric motor and 1.56kWh for a combined output of 104kW of power and 265Nm of torque – drive is sent to the front wheels though a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid uses the same drivetrain as the regular Hybrid, however the battery pack has been upped to 8.6kWh – this allows for up to 63km of range on the European driving cycle. Finally, the Ioniq Electric uses a 98kW/295Nm electric motor and 28kWh lithium-ion battery pack to get up to 280km of range.
After the Ioniqs will be the sporty new Veloster, due to land in the fourth quarter of 2018. It retains the same unique 3-door design as its predecessor, and will come loaded with safety and convenience tech. Two engines will be available: a 110kW/179Nm 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol paired to a six-speed manual or automatic, and a 150kW/265Nm 1.6-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder paired to a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. All models will be front wheel drive. Sadly, the Veloster am won’t be coming Down Under, as it is reserved for left-hand-drive markets.
Finally, there’s the Kona Electric, a fully electric version of the Korean company’s small SUV that’s due to land in early 2019. It will be powered by a 150kW/395Nm electric motor driving the front wheels – when paired to a 64kWh battery pack, it will deliver up to 470km of range. The 0-100km/h sprint takes a spritely 7.4 seconds, on to a top speed of 167km/h. It’s unknown whether Hyundai Australia will offer the entry-level 39kWh version offered in other markets, with a 99kW/365Nm motor and 300km of range. Pricing should kick off for the 64kWh version from around $65,000, if the UK prices are anything to go by.
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