Hyundai is planning to take on the Toyota Prius with its upcoming Ioniq, which uniquely offers three different electric powertrains in one body.

The Hyundai Ioniq will be available as a full electric car, powered by a lithium ion battery; a plug-in hybrid or a conventional hybrid, both using a small petrol engine.

Hyundai has developed a dedicated platform for the Ioniq which, says Hyundai, “is optimised to deliver responsive handling while remaining efficient in each of its three powertrain configurations.”

The chassis is shared with sister brand Kia’s crossover-styled Niro. The Ioniq will initially be offered as a conventional five-door hatchback, but other body styles are likely to follow.

Hyundai R&D boss Woong-Chul Yang said: “Hyundai has a heritage of building innovative, fuel-efficient engines, so we are proud to advance our eco-friendly car line-up with the introduction of Ioniq.

“Our vision for future mobility focuses on choice, with a variety of powertrain options to suit customers’ varied lifestyles, without compromising on design or driving enjoyment.”

The Ioniq will be unveiled Korea in January, before appearing at the Geneva Motor Show in March. It is expected to go on sale in Europe before the end of 2016.

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By Only Motors