Hyundai Ioniq EV, Plug-In Hybrid Variants Detailed Before Geneva Debut

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Ioniq Electric is rated at 155 miles of range in European testing.

We’ve seen the Prius-fighting, conventional-hybrid version of the new Hyundai Ioniq, and now the other two versions of this new eco-minded hatchback are coming to the upcoming Geneva auto show. The Ioniq Plug-in and all-electric Ioniq Electric make their global debuts next week, and Hyundai has provided more details on both these cars’ new drivetrains.

The Hyundai Ioniq Electric, the Korean automaker’s first EV, gets a 28-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that’s said to provide a driving range of around 155 miles, at least in European testing. That number will likely go down when the U.S. EPA tests the car on its more rigorous cycle, but it still might top EV competitors like the Nissan Leaf, which goes 107 miles on a single charge. The 88-kW electric motor delivers up to 217 lb-ft of torque through a single-speed transmission, propelling the Ioniq to a top speed of 103 mph.

The Ioniq Electric sets itself apart from the plug-in and hybrid variants with a much more sleek-looking front end. Instead of a conventional front grille, the EV wears a single piece of flush grey trim with a large Hyundai badge in the center. It also has copper-colored exterior trim accents, as opposed to the blue accents on the hybrid and plug-in versions. All versions of the Ioniq have a low drag coefficient of 0.24.

Plug-in gets 31 miles of all-electric range

The Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in uses an 8.9-kWh battery pack which enables more all-electric driving range than its conventional hybrid sibling. Hyundai says it will go approximately 31 miles on a full charge before activating the 1.6-liter direct-injection gasoline engine that sits under the hood. The plug-in shares the same six-speed dual-clutch transmission as the regular Ioniq Hybrid, and offers a few different driving modes to maximize efficiency.

The only visual difference we can spot in this photo between the hybrid and the plug-in hybrid are the wheel designs and the headlight clusters. Otherwise, expect all three versions of the Ioniq to share basic interior layouts and available equipment. Hyundai says that an active-safety package with autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist, blind-spot detection, and adaptive cruise control, will be available for all versions.

Keep an eye out for more details on the Hyundai Ioniq lineup as the green car officially debuts next week at the Geneva auto show. The Ioniq Hybrid is likely to come to the U.S. first starting later this year, with the plug-in and EV variants to follow.