2020 Hyundai Ioniq – facelifted trio launched in the US

2020 Hyundai Ioniq – facelifted trio launched in the US

The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq facelift range has finally landed in the United States of America, and all three models – Ioniq Hybrid, Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid, Ioniq Electric – are currently being displayed at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Prices start from US$23,000 (RM96k).

Highlighting the range is the Ioniq Electric, which gets a larger 38.3 kWh battery (up from 28 kWh; operates at 319.4 volts). This enables a pure electric driving range of up to 274 km (based on US’ EPA standards), a feat Hyundai is proud of because it exceeds the Nissan Leaf‘s EPA range of 241 km. The onboard AC charger (Type 2 connection) is now upgraded from 6.6 kW to 7.2 kW, and it can also be plugged in to a 100 kW DC fast-charging station (via CCS connection), offering up to 80% charge in 54 minutes.

As for the Ioniq Hybrid and Ioniq PHEV, primary propulsion comes from a Kappa 1.6 litre four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle petrol that develops 105 PS at 5,700 rpm and 147 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The engine is married to a six-speed EcoShift dual-clutch transmission.

Of course, both are slightly upgraded – the Hybrid now employs a 43.5 PS/170 Nm electric motor that draws juice from a 1.56 kWh lithium-ion battery (240 volts), but the PHEV uses a more potent electric motor that makes 60.5 PS and 170 Nm. A larger capacity 8.9 kWh lithium-ion battery (360 volts) is used here, and it gets a 3.3 kW onboard charger.

Combined, the total system output for the Hybrid and PHEV is the same at 141 PS and 265 Nm. Hyundai says the regular Hybrid can run on pure electricity at speeds of up to 120 km/h, while the PHEV offers 52 km of pure electric driving range (based on WLTP standards).

The 2020 model line-up brings a number of enhancements by way of design, equipment, and safety levels. To start, all three get a considerably revised exterior design, with wheel sizes up to 17 inches and of varying designs. The Hybrid and PHEV models get a new mesh-type grille, whereas the Electric gets a distinctive new enclosed grille. Two new colours join the palette – Stellar Silver and Electric Shadow.

For the cabin, there is now a freestanding 10.25-inch touchscreen head unit with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as the ability to simultaneously connect two phones via Bluetooth. Hyundai’s proprietary telematics system, Blue Link, is only available for the Electric, offering several remote functions and systems notification. Entry-level models get a smaller eight-inch head unit, but also offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

In terms of safety, the Ioniq now gets Front Collision Warning and Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection, Driver Attention Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, and High Beam Assist standard. Options include Lane Following Assist, Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Blind-Spot Collision Warning, and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (standard on Plug-in Hybrid and Electric, optional for Hybrid).

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  • IoniqFan on Dec 02, 2019 at 11:03 am

    When will this new hybrid come to Malaysia? It looks marvelous.

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