Hyundai today introduced its redesigned eco-friendly IONIQ car lineup in a North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. IONIQ Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid, and Electric cars all receive refreshed exterior and interior designs added infotainment technology and new Hyundai SmartSense™ active safety features and driving assistance systems. Drivers of the new 2020 IONIQ Electric can also enjoy 170 miles of range thanks to an upgraded 38.3-kWh battery with 36% more energy capacity. All 2020 IONIQ models also receive revised feature packaging because of all the product enhancements. IONIQ Hybrid with an EPA estimated 58 combined MPG remains the fuel economy leader for a non-plug-in vehicle. The new IONIQ Hybrid, Plug-in and Electric are available to customers now.
Finally, Hyundai’s industry-exclusive Lifetime Hybrid/Electric Battery Warranty continues to give peace of mind for owners. The coverage expands the benefits of the Hyundai Assurance comprehensive warranty program, including a 10-year powertrain warranty. The Hyundai Lifetime Hybrid/Electric Battery Warranty ensures that if IONIQ’s Hybrid/Electric lithium-ion-polymer battery ever needs replacement, Hyundai will replace the battery and cover recycling costs for the old battery pack free-of-charge to the original owner.
A key characteristic of the IONIQ line is its innovative use of recycled or ecologically-sensitive materials. The interior door covers are made of plastic combined with powdered wood and volcanic stone while providing the same quality appearance of typical materials. The softer, more natural feel is achieved along with less reliance on oil-based products. Raw materials extracted from sugar cane are partly applied to the headliner and cargo area. Paint with renewable ingredients extracted from soybean oil is used to achieve lustrous metallic colors on key components.
Upfront, the hybrid and plug-in versions of the new IONIQ now show a redesigned mesh-type radiator grille. The front of the new IONIQ Electric has a new distinctive pattern on the closed grille. All models feature an updated front bumper design with a silver molding at the bottom. New anthracite gray trim seen on the rear bumper molding and daytime running light bezels up front create a more refined and dynamic look. The LED DRLs, as well as the newly available, LED head- and taillights, make IONIQ stand out at night – offering not only aesthetic enhancements but also additional safety.
As well as the new convenience features, the 2020 IONIQ lineup’s reimagined interior incorporates new design touches to enhance its sophisticated image. Below the optional new widescreen 10.25-inch AVN system, the redesigned control panel for heating and climate control sports a sleek, glossy finish. New touch-type control buttons allow for intuitive operation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning. IONIQ Electric’s standard high-resolution 7-inch LCD console display (optional for hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions) improves with mood lighting to visualize the different drive mode themes. To round off the modern interior design, blue ambient lighting has been applied across the passenger-side lower dashboard and the center console.
The new IONIQ Electric’s battery has been upgraded from 28 kWh to 38.3 kWh, meaning drivers can go even further between charges. It boasts 36% additional energy storage capacity, offering a total of 170 miles of estimated range. Its e-motor delivers 134 horsepower and 218 lb.-ft. of torque and is fitted standard with a 7.2-kW on-board charger - and upgrade from current 6.6-kW – for Type 2 AC charging. Using a 100-kW fast-charging station, the battery can reach an 80% charge in as little as 54 minutes.
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Debashish S Neupane