Upgrades for Hyundai

Ioniq

Hyundai Ioniq hybrid, 2019, front
Hyundai Ioniq hybrid, 2019, side
Hyundai Ioniq hybrid, 2019, rear
Hyundai Ioniq hybrid, 2019, interior
Hyundai Ioniq hybrid, 2019, display screen
Hyundai Ioniq Electric, 2019, charging

A SERIES of upgrades have been announced for the Hyundai Ioniq - the first car to be available as a hybrid, plug-in and pure electric vehicle.

The most significant change is to the electric model which will come with a more powerful battery increasing single charge range to more than 180 miles.

Other changes include a revised interior with additional connectivity and a new look to the front with the hybrid and plug-in versions getting a mesh grille and redesigned light clusters.

Prices for the new models, which will be on the road later in the year, are still to be announced but the current line up kicks off at £21,795 for the hybrid, £28,395 for plug-in and £30,750 for the EV.

All models will feature Blue Link connectivity systems which allow for certain vehicle functions to be controlled remotely via an app-based smartphone link as well as an eCall automatic emergency assistance feature.

New trim finishes are being fitted to the dashboard and additional seat upholstery colours are being added - including red leather for the plug-in and hybrid - while there is also a new-look control panel with touch-type buttons and a 10.25-inch wide screen display.

Externally, there is also a fresh look to the front and rear bumpers while the closed grille on the electric Ioniq has a new design pattern.

Battery capacity on the electric vehicle has been increased by more than 35 per cent to 38.3 kWh which not only increases range and performance but also enables an 80 per cent recharge from a fast charging station in under an hour.

The plug-in Ioniq can operate at up to 75mph in zero emission mode and has a purely electric range of up to 32 miles.

Both the hybrid and the plug-in have a 1.6-litre petrol engine with a power output of 105ps and are fitted with six-speed semi-automatic gearboxes.

Safety features on all versions includes front collision avoidance, pedestrian detection and lane departure systems while the Ioniq Electric is also fitted with Hyundai's I-pedal system which allows the vehicle to be stopped via the paddle shift levers without using the brake pedal.

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