Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) has introduced a new audio visual navigation system (AVN) to the Hyundai Ioniq, for those who require a wider range of functions from their head unit.

Models that are ordered the new AVN will be known as the Ioniq Hybrid HEV Plus with AVN System, which is priced at RM116,488 on-the-road without insurance. By comparison, the Ioniq Hybrid HEV Plus retails for RM114,088 and the Ioniq Hybrid HEV is RM100,388.

In terms of specifications, the AVN system comes with an eight-inch touchscreen – one inch larger than on the Ioniq Hybrid HEV Plus – and is built around the Android operating system (5.1.1). As a result, it supports commonly used applications such as Spotify, Google Maps and the all-important Waze.

Other functions include music playback options (radio, bluetooth, USB, MP3), clock and weather widgets that are updated via WiFi and the My Hyundai App. The last one allows owners to place a service booking or call for 24-hour road assist if required.

Users will be able to insert a SIM card into the AVN system, or connect it to a mobile hotspot to in order to supply internet data for some of the functions.

Existing Ioniq Hybrid owners who want to upgrade to the new AVN system can trade in their existing head unit, and topping up the difference. For HEV Plus owners, the cost is RM2,283, whereas non-HEV Plus owners, it is RM3,533 (prices exclude GST). The system comes with three-year/100,000 km warranty (whichever first).

Aside from the headunit, the rest of the car is identical to the Ioniq Hybrid HEV Plus, with the same 141 PS and 265 Nm hybrid powertrain and comprehensive safety systems. The latter includes Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), blind spot detection, autonomous emergency braking system (AEB), lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control (Smart Cruise Control).

GALLERY: Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid HEV Plus