Hyundai Ioniq updates announced for 2019

Hyundai Ioniq Electric set to gain bigger battery, with Hybrid and Plug-In versions receiving updates too

The Hyundai Ioniq line-up is set to welcome a raft of updates later this year, with the Ioniq Electric variant due to receive a bigger battery boosting its range.

The current 28kWh unit will make way for a 38.3kWh battery, with Hyundai targeting a range of 182 miles under the latest WLTP efficiency tests.

Power from the electric motor will increase from 119bhp to 134bhp, with the car’s Type 2 on-board charging capability rising from 6.6kW to 7.2kW. At a 50kW rapid charger, the company reckons an 80% top-up will take less than an hour.

Design and technology updates will be introduced, with changes also being made to the Ioniq Hybrid and Ioniq Plug-In models.

The Ioniq Electric will get a new closed grille, with the Hybrid and PHEV models incorporating a different, mesh grille design. All cars gain new, silver bumpers, with LED headlights and taillights sporting a sharper appearance.

Buyers of the Ioniq Hybrid will get a choice of new 15- and 17-inch alloy wheel designs, while the other models settle for 16-inch alloys only. Nine paint colours will be available, including four new ones: Fluidic Metal, Electric Shadow, Liquid Sand and Typhoon Silver.

Inside, the Ioniq Electric’s seven-inch digital display (also available on high-spec versions of the Hybrid and Plug-In cars) welcomes mood lighting to match the various driving modes, while the fresh interior design gains blue ambient lighting across the dashboard and centre console.

The climate control section of the dash - located beneath a 10.25-inch infotainment screen - gains glossy, touch sensitive buttons, while four new leather seat colour options are offered.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity are standard, with a Bluetooth connection capable of pairing two phones at a time. Voice control is also available.

Hyundai’s SmartSense safety pack is standard across the line-up, including Front Collision Warning, Lane Keep Assist and High Beam Assist systems. Lane Follow Assist and Smart Cruise Control are also available on some trims, allowing the Ioniq to maintain a set distance to the car ahead and automatically come to a complete stop if required.

The Ioniq Electric also gains an Eco+ driving mode, which reduces energy consumption in order to maximise range.

Also new is Hyundai’s Blue Link connectivity service, which allows drivers to remotely lock and unlock the Ioniq, as well as control the air conditioning via a smartphone app. Drivers of the Electric and Plug-In versions can also check the status of the battery and schedule charging remotely.

The updated Ioniq range is set to go on sale late in the summer, with prices to be announced in due course.