The original Hyundai Ionic has reached the end of the road as production will end next month at the company’s plant in Ulsan, South Korea.
While the Ioniq was not a huge sales success, the company noted that when it launched in 2016 it became the world’s first car to offer three electrified powertrains – hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery-electric. As a result, its death marks the end of an important chapter in Hyundai’s recent history.
The model was previewed by the i-oniq concept, which debuted at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show as “an electric sports hatchback with a range-enhanced petrol engine”. This setup enabled the concept to travel up to 74 miles (120 kilometers) on electricity alone and a total of 435 miles (700 kilometers).
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The idea eventually gave way to a production model that offered three different powertrains. The Ioniq Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid had a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that combined to produce a maximum output of 139 hp (104 kW / 141 PS).
Although the powertrains are similar, the plug-in hybrid variant avoids the 1.56 kWh battery for larger 8.9 kWh units, allowing for 29 miles (47 km) of electric-only range. The hybrid, on the other hand, has a fuel economy rating of 58 mpg CT, 60 mpg highway and up to 59 mpg.
The EV was dropped in the United States for 2022, but the 2021 model had a 38.3 kWh battery powered by an electric motor that produced 134 hp (100 kW / 136 PS) and 218 lb-ft (295 Nm) of torque. This gave Ionic Electric an EPA-approximate range of 170 miles (274 km), which improved the entry level of the Nissan Leaf but was much shorter than the 259 miles (417 km) Chevrolet Bolt.
Although Hyundai has stated that “there will be no direct successor to the Ioniq”, the model will be effectively replaced by the Ioniq 6.