2018 Hyundai Ioniq Release Date, Facelift, Price

After the concept car was unveiled, we can finally expect the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq production version to appear soon. The new project which the Korean automaker has bene working on for quite some time is finally coming to an end. After months and months of developing, spy photos, rumors, leaks and various kinds of news, we are finally going to close the book on the Ioniq model. It was first shown as a compact model in 2016 and will be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show for the first time as a production car.

The Ioniq model is Hyundai’s first hybrid car which adopts the unique style and design language that this company proposes. It is going to be available as both a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid option while the all-electric and also an EV car is coming after the initial release as well. The most interesting features of the car is the autonomous driving system which has been rumored since the concept’s inception.

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The case with this model is that it will be using a hidden LiDAR system in its front bumper instead of the roof as many other autonomous systems are proposing. The goal is to keep things as simple as possible but at the same time they strive to bring a steady and useful setup for us. They also announced that they are developing their own autonomous vehicle operating system, which can be installed on all Hyundai models and will be used for autonomous driving purposes.

Now when the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq is finally getting close to its release date, we managed to make a review in order to get you acquainted more with the car.

When is the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Release Date?

We are expecting to get the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq pretty soon. The concept version made its debut last year and we are set to see the production version first hand finally at the Los Angeles Auto Show this year. It only indicates that the release date is set for the start of 2018 and we are preparing for a release then.

What is the Potential Price of the Car?

One of the things that remains an unknown for the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq is its price. The model has not been officially priced, but it appears that it will be a bit expensive compared to other models in the segment. This one will host some new features and technology so it will be offered at a starting rate of around 40,000 dollars.

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Exterior Design and Looks

The newly developed 2018 Hyundai Ioniq will have an already familiar design language, standard for many new Hyundai models. The biggest difference compared to the other models is the inclusion of plastic elements to the front end of the car which is supposed to protect and hide the LiDAR system. This is also standard for electronic cars as they do not need any cooling provided through the radiator. The logo is larger and has transparent plastic with the rear end and the sides having a standard sort of a look. An addition made to the back is the matching color bumper placed down below.

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Inside Additions

The interior has a pretty intriguing design for the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq. It has a big screen placed just atop of the dash and below it you will find the regular infotainment system placed in the center stack. This device is supposed to display information about the autonomous system and as well provide info about speed, speed limits, navigation, any changes and the position of steering.

The center console is a bit different as it is positioned higher and is wider in design. This is because the autonomous system requires new technology to be placed there so the new spread is set differently allowing much more logical room and space to be added. As the new devices are placed just atop the roof, behind the windshield, we have a screen display which also shows us any information which comes from that.

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Powertrain Choice and Setup

The new 2018 Hyundai Ioniq will feature quite a peculiar setup. The hybrid version will incorporate the use of a direct-injected 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine. It offers 104 horsepower and 109 lb-ft of torque and also combines with a 32-kilowatt (43-hp) electric. The electric motor is positioned between the engine and 6-speed dual-clutch automated transmission. The maximum amount of output that the car can make comes to 139 hp and also a range of 25 miles.

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0-60 mph Specs

The new 2018 Hyundai Ioniq is also quite capable of making good acceleration ratings. It will be able to speed up to 0-60 mph in a matter of 10.2 seconds and is also capable of developing a top speed of 103 mph.

Fuel Economy

The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq is supposed to provide one of the best fuel economy ratings that you can find on the market. The hybrid version is rated at 57/59/58 mpg, which is a new record for a non-plug-in hybrid car. The EPA range is said to be 124 miles or 136 mpg-e combined. In terms of fuel efficiency, this car is the future. It really beats the competition when it comes to consumption and makes for a good and very reliable model.

Dimensions and Size

As far as the size of the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq geos, it will not change the dimensions dramatically. The expected rates given here are pretty standard when it comes to using this type of a model. The overall length is 176.0 inches while the wheelbase comes to 106.3 inches. The height of the car is 57.1 inches and the width is 71.7 inches. The total interior volume is 122.7 cu. ft. while the passenger volume 96.2 cu. ft. and a cargo area measured to 26.5 cu. ft. It provides ample comfort while driving and enough space for the passengers to enjoy.

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Safety Characteristics for the Car

When it comes to safety, the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq will come with a standard offer to protect its passengers. The car is equipped with seven airbags, for starters, and also adopts a slew of other advanced equipment. Those include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alert, forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, and lane-departure warning.

What are the Rivaling Models?

The new 2018 Hyundai Ioniq will be one of the first modes to offer autonomous technology. But it is certainly not the only hybrid model on the market. There are quite a lot of models which can be considered for the segment and we consider them as great competition in the segment. Some of them are Chevy Volt, Ford C-Max Chevrolet Bolt EV, Nissan Leaf and of course the one which started it all the Toyota Prius model.

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