Hyundai has released an image of its new Extended Range Electric vehicle (E-REV) concept, the i-oniq.
The new i-oniq concept will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month alongside the new generation i30 model.
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From the outside, the i-oniq isn’t obviously a Hyundai model and it uses an updates design style to other Hyundai models. It has a long 4.4 metre body, a low, sloped front-end and strong body contours.
It also includes a large front grille and stretched LED headlights that reach from its front bumper halfway up its bonnet.
Its E-REV powertrain uses both an electric motor and a petrol engine. Before setting out the i-oniq is plugged in to charge just like an electric car, but when it runs out of charge on the road the petrol engine kicks in and re-charges it.
The i-oniq uses a 108bhp electric motor and a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine. With this powertrain Hyundai claims that the i-oniq can travel around 75 miles on electric power alone and up to 435 miles with the assistance of the petrol engine. The i-oniq produces C02 emissions of 45g/km.
It’s a similar powertrain to that used in the Chevrolet Volt and the Vauxhall Ampera which will go on sale May this year.
Although comprehensive details of its interior have not yet been revealed, Hyundai has said that the i-oniq will have space for four occupants and a driver-orientated cabin.
If put into production the i-oniq’s E-REV powertrain would be put it into the same market segment as the Vauxhall Ampera and Chevrolet Volt.