It seems Hyundai is hell-bent on dethroning the Toyota Prius as the most fuel-efficient car in the US in the coming months. The company plans to accomplish that objective with the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue edition which, we have learned, will directly take on the Prius to woo consumers who prefer fuel efficient cars over gas guzzling beasts.
A quick look under the hood
The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue comes with a 1.6-liter direct injected gas engine that delivers a torque of 109 pound-feet and 104 horsepower. It also carries a 43-hp electric motor powered by 1.56 kWh lithium-ion battery, CNET reports.
The aforementioned combination results in a net of 139 horsepower for the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue.
Also, because the car has a six-speed dual clutch gearbox, you do not have to bother about a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
Meanwhile, a Gas2 report claims that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has officially declared the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid as America’s most fuel friendly car after it gave 59 mpg on the highway and 57 mpg on city roads during the evaluation. Compared to that, the Toyota Prius has a 58/53 mpg on highway and city roads respectively.
And finally, the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq will also have a new plug-in hybrid variant sometime by mid-2017 shortly after which an all-electric variant will also join the lineup.