Ordering books for the Ioniq plug-in hybrid is now open in Europe and the vehicles themselves should be arriving at dealerships across the continent this summer.
Sharing a 1.6-litre petrol engine with its regular hybrid sibling, the plug-in variant can make at least 103 horsepower and instead of a 43hp electric motor, it gets a more potent single 60bhp electric unit along with a larger 8.9kWh battery pack. With a 16-amp wallbox, it takes just over two hours to charge.
Overall, the plug-in hybrid can send 139hp to the front wheels via a six-speed twin-clutch automatic gearbox. Enough to launch the car from 0 to 62mph in 10.6 seconds and give it a top speed of 110mph.
Intended to compete against sportier ‘PHEV’ hatchbacks, the Ioniq is loaded of technology at an affordable price including an ECO Driving Assistant System (ECO-DAS). The system includes a coasting function to optimize fuel economy, and Predictive Engine Management, which controls how much power is drawn from the gas engine and the electric motor.
There’s also three driving modes: EV, HEV Hybrid and Sport. In Sport, the powertrain and transmission is programmed to provide maximum power and faster shift.
“Since the successful European launch of the IONIQ Hybrid and Electric in the autumn of 2016, we are continuing to electrify Europe with the introduction of the IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid,” said Thomas Schmid, Chief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Europe.
The hard part will be deciding which of the eight exterior paint colors to choose.