Hyundai is set to enter the hybrid segment in India. The Hyundai Ioniq hybrid sedan will be launched at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo marking the Koeran car maker’s foray into the niche segment.
Over the past few months, Hyundai conducted an extensive market research to evaluate the feasibility of a new hybrid sedan for India. After receiving a positive feedback from prospective customers, Hyundai is now looking at assembling the Ioniq at their Chennai unit.
The locally assembled Ioniq will allow Hyundai to offer the product at a competitive price tag. Still, the Hyundai Ioniq won’t come cheap. It is expected to cost between Rs 25-30 lakh. Pricing in this bracket would allow the company to undercut their competition by as much as Rs 9 lakh, giving them a clear upper hand.
The Ioniq is about the size of a Toyota Prius and is powered by a 1.6-liter diesel producing 102hp and 146.4Nm of torque. A 42.4hp electric motor adds another 169.4Nm of torque, resulting in a combined output of 144.2hp and 315.8Nm. It uses a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission to send power to the front wheels.
Written by Tushar Kelshikar