Hyundai has announced pricing and specs for its three-pronged Ioniq range in Australia, with the eagerly-anticipated pure-electric model to kick off at $44,990 before on-road costs.
The cheapest model will be the series hybrid, priced from $33,990 before on-roads, while the plug-in hybrid will start at $40,990.
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of spec, here's a quick refresher course on the Ioniq's three powertrains.
The base Hybrid combines an Atkinson Cycle petrol engine making 77kW/147Nm with a 32kW/170Nm electric motor for a system output of 104kW.
As with Toyota's hybrid models, the electric motor and battery aren't set up for extended pure-EV stints. Instead, the motor assists the petrol engine at low speeds, or when the driver buries the throttle.
It's pictured here in white.
Moving to the Plug-in boosts electric motor power to 44.5kW, and adds an 8.9kWh lithium-ion polymer battery for a pure-electric range of 63km. When the battery runs flat, the car can be driven on petrol power.
Both the Hybrid and Plug-in have a six-speed dual-clutch transmission as standard.
It's pictured in silver.
Finally, the Electric is... purely electric. It has a 28kWh battery pack and an 88kW/295Nm motor, good for 280km of range under NEDC testing or, if Hyundai's real-world figure is to be believed, around 230km under normal conditions.
It can be charged to 80 per cent in 23 minutes using a 100kW fast charging station, while Hyundai is offering a 6.6kW home charge station good for a full charge in four and a half hours.
Plugged into a normal wall socket, the car will take around 12 hours to fully charge. It's pictured in blue.
Two trim levels will be offered across the three powertrains: Elite and Premium.
Regardless of spec, every Ioniq will get a full suite of active safety features, including autonomous emergency braking, forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, driver-attention alert, rear cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control.
An 8.0-inch touchscreen takes pride of place in the middle of the dashboard, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto both standard, while the entire range gets factory navigation as well. Keyless entry and start, dusk-sensing headlamps and rear-view camera round out the standard kit.
The Hybrid Elite rides on 15-inch alloy wheels, while the base Plug-in and Electric have 16-inch rolling stock. Regardless of trim, the only option is $495 metallic paint.
In the base Hybrid and Plug-in, the driver is faced with a 4.2-inch screen in the instrument binnacle, while the Electric and top-spec hybrid variants get a 7.0-inch digital cluster with a fully-digital speedo and tachometer.
Regardless of drive type, the top-spec Premium gets heated and ventilated front seats with electric adjustment, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone climate control and a power sunroof. Interestingly, the top-spec Hybrid gets 17-inch wheels to distinguish it from cheaper models, while the Plug-in and Electric stick with 16s.
We'd suggest EV range is to blame there. Speaking of which, the battery in the Plug-in and Electric eat into the space where the space-saver sits in the Hybrid, necessitating a smaller patch kit.
You also lose out on boot space, with the 456L (measured to rear headrest height) on offer in the Hybrid falling to 341L in the Plug-in and 350L in the Electric.
Servicing happens every 15,000km or 12 months, and will cost $265 for the first, second, third and fifth visits in the Hybrid and Plug-in, while the fourth visit will set you back $465.
Meanwhile, the first five services in the Electric each cost $160. Along with the standard Hyundai five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty, the entire range has an eight-year, 160,000km high-voltage battery warranty.
2019 Hyundai Ioniq pricing
- Hybrid Elite - $33,990
- Hybrid Premium - $38,990
- Plug-in Elite - $40,990
- Plug-in Premium - $45,490
- Electric Elite - $44,990
- Electric Premium - $48,990
All prices exclude on-road costs.