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Hyundai Ioniq line gains Plug-in Hybrid for 2018

by Drew Johnson

Hyundai is rolling out the third variation of its Ioniq line.

Hyundai has announced the introduction of a new Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid model for the 2018 model year. The Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid joins the Ioniq Electric and standard Ioniq Hybrid in Hyundai showrooms.

At the heart of the 2018 Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid is a 1.6L direct-injected Atkinson-cyle four-cylinder engine paired to an electric motor. The Ioniq Plug-in's gas engine is good for 104 horsepower and 109 lb-ft of torque, while the electric motor is rated at 60 horsepower on its own. Hyundai did not provide a combined power rating for the Ionia Plug-in Hybrid.

Unlike most hybrid vehicles, the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid uses a six-speed dual clutch transmission rather than a CVT. Hyundai says the six-speed gives the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid the feel of a conventionally-powered vehicle while also offer a "fun-to-drive” characteristic.

The 2018 Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid is capable of traveling up to 29 miles on electricity alone thanks to an 8.9 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. The EPA rates the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid at 119MPGe in EV mode and 52mpg in hybrid mode. With a full tank and charged battery, the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid has a total range in excess of 650 miles.

The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid is largely based on the standard Ioniq Hybrid, but the Plug-in does have a few unique features, including low-beam LED headlights, integrated charge port and specially-designed 16-inch alloy wheels.

The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid will carry a base price of $24,950. The range-topping Limited trim will retail from $28,300.

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