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Major upgrade for the Hyundai Ioniq

Wednesday, 15th May, 2019 4:25pm

Hyundai Motor is launching comprehensive connectivity and design enhancements for the new Ioniq, the latest edition of its revolutionary eco-friendly model.

As of its launch in 2016, Ioniq was the world’s first car planned from the start to offer three electrified powertrains – hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full electric. The Ioniq is now upgrading its offer, with added technological features and a refreshed look.

Hyundai keeps leading the way in future mobility, as many other manufacturers are still planning or just launching their first eco-mobility vehicles.

“Our new Ioniq models build on the success of the first generation thanks to a range of upgrades both in terms of connectivity features and design,” said Hyundai Motor Chief Operating Officer Thomas A. Schmid. “When it comes to Hyundai’s eco-mobility vehicles, Ioniq is leading the way by offering our customers all they need thanks to life-enhancing, easy-to-use technologies.”

The new Ioniq Electric’s battery has been upgraded from 28kWh to 38.3kWh, meaning drivers can go even further between charges. It boasts 36 per cent additional energy storage capacity, offering a total of over 293km of range (internal target under WLTP regulations).

Its e-motor delivers a maximum power of 136 PS and 295 Nm of torque and is fitted standard with a 7.2kW on-board charger - an upgrade from current 6.6kW – for Type 2 AC charging. Using a 100kW fast-charging station, the battery can reach 80 per cent charge in as little as 54 minutes.

The new Ioniq Hybrid and Ioniq Plug-in both feature the known Kappa 1.6 litre GDI, direct-injection petrol four-cylinder engine delivering maximum power of 105hp and 147Nm of torque.

The Ioniq Hybrid’s permanent magnet electric motor delivers 32kW with maximum torque of 170Nm, powered by a lithium-ion-polymer battery with 1.56kWh capacity positioned under the rear seats.

The plug-in version’s electric motor delivers 44.5 kW with maximum torque of 170Nm, powered by an 8.9kWh lithium-ion-polymer battery. In combination with the 1.6 litre GDI engine, Ioniq Hybrid and Plug-in deliver a system output of 141hp and up to 265 Nm of torque.

The electric motor enables the Ioniq Hybrid to operate in pure electric mode at speeds up to 120km/h. Drivers choosing the Ioniq Plug-in can safely rely on over 50km of pure electric driving range (WLTP target figure) powered by the 8.9kWh battery.

The new Ioniq features Hyundai Blue Link, a connected vehicle system which uses embedded telematics to allow drivers of Ioniq Electric to remote start and stop, while all versions allow remote lock or unlock and control air conditioning via a smartphone app.

This technology also allows owners of the plug-in or electric model to remotely check the status of their battery so they know when they need to recharge the vehicle. Thanks to Blue Link, charging can be remotely controlled and scheduled via the app.

As well as the new convenience features, the new Ioniq’s reimagined interior incorporates new design features to enhance its sophisticated image. In addition to standard black seat trims, customers have the option of four leather seat colours: black, grey two-tone, Red Umber (exclusive for hybrid and plug-in) and Electric Shadow (exclusive to electric version). Meanwhile, the dashboard garnish arrives in dark chrome accent.

Below the new wide screen 10.25 inch AVN screen, the control panel for heating and climate control has been redesigned and sports a sleek, glossy finish. New touch-type control buttons allow for intuitive operation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

The Ioniq Electric standard high-resolution seven-inch LCD console display (also available on hybrid and plug-in hybrid range on higher trim versions) has been improved with mood lighting to visualise the different drive mode themes.

To round off the improved modern interior design, blue ambient lighting has been applied across the passenger-side lower dashboard and the centre console.

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