Hyundai Ioniq
Hyundai IoniqHyundai Global PR

A new rendering of Hyundai's Ioniq hybrid car hints at how the alternative-fuel compact vehicle, which is due for launch in early 2016, will look like in flesh.

The picture indicates the hybrid car will feature an athletic body with slopping roofline. The signature hexagonal grille is topped by gloss-black elements and flanked by headlamps featuring integrated 'C'-position lights. A set of LED daytime running lights will be incorporated within the air intakes of the aggressively restyled bumper.

Hyundai claims the interior is finished with simple and stylish surfaces that make use of eco-friendly materials to convey a futuristic yet warm cabin ambience. A fully digital instrument cluster and touch screen display for entertainment system can be seen from the pictures.

Hyundai Ioniq interior
Hyundai Ioniq interiorHyundai Global PR

Based on a new platform, the Ioniq in its fully-electric (EV) form is powered by a high capacity lithium-ion battery. The plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version combines the fuel-efficient energy with battery power. The hybrid (HEV) utilises the petrol engine and motion of the car to charge the on-board battery.

The company also gave clarification for the name -- "An ion is an electrically-charged atom, linking to the car's clever combination of electrified powertrains". The second part of the name refers to the "unique offering it brings to the Hyundai range" and the Q depicts the fresh new approach of this advanced, low-emission model.

Following its world premiere in Korea in January, the Ioniq is due to be shown at the Geneva International Motor Show and the New York Auto Show, both in March 2016.

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