The Hyundai Ioniq is the South Korean automaker’s first vehicle in its lineup to be built specifically from the ground up for a hybrid and pure electric powertrain. The 5-door C-Segment liftback first made its debut back in early 2016 before Hyundai Sime Darby Motors officially introduced it to the Malaysian market later in the same year.
Locally assembled in Kulim, Malaysia, only the Hybrid variant made its way to the local market. The hybrid powertrain incorporates a conventional internal combustion engine and a high-efficiency permanent magnet electric motor, which in turn is powered by a 1.56 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery.
Priced starting from Rm 99,888, the Hyundai Ioniq is available in the base HEV trim and the range topping HEV Plus trim. It is competitively priced and offers a rather compelling proposition that is hard to match by its closest rivals. The CBU Toyota Prius hybrid for instant can easily costs an upwards of RM 200,000 when first launched. The Honda Insight on the other hand is similarly priced but with significantly less equipment.