The redesigned 2020 Hyundai Ioniq is finally coming to the States, after the successful debut at the LA Auto Show. The mid-cycle refreshment of the Korean compact model delivers a significant amount of interior improvements. Also, the exterior design language gets some unique details. But, the most crucial change is introducing a bigger battery pack that will increase the driving range for an additional 50 miles.
Now, 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric includes a 38.3 kWh battery pack as a replacement for the 28 kWh unit. On top of that, Ioniq brings more potent electric motor that produces 134 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque, and a refined 7.2 kW on-board charger. So, with the 100 kW fast-charging compatibility, the Ioniq Electric can go to an 80% charge in less than an hour.
2020 Hyundai Ioniq Facelift
2020 Hyundai Ioniq comes with significant design changes for the exterior. The facelift includes a bran-new radiator grille for the Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid version. Also, a new pattern on the closed-off grille panel will be available for the Electric model. Furthermore, the remodeled headlights include integrated daytime running lights, while the bumpers are redesigned as well.
In the same manner, the complete Ioniq lineup benefits from the company’s latest Blue Link infotainment system, which features installed telematics and a larger 10.2-inch display. Moreover, the HVAC controls are tweaked a bit and now includes touch-type buttons. The 7-inch digital instrument cluster is also a new feature, alongside the blue ambient lighting.
As for the cabin, it will make use of recycled/ecologically-sensitive materials. For instance, the door cards are plastic combined with grated wood and volcanic stone. This will provide a soft feel to the touch, and it’s significantly lighter than regular plastic.
2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid will keep the combination of a 1.6-liter four-cylinder GDI powertrain, a 43 hp electric motor, and a 1.56 kWh battery pack. This system is capable of producing 119 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque, while the EPA fuel economy is 58 mpg.
On the other hand, the Plug-In Hybrid will have the same 1.6-liter unit, only in combination with a more potent 60 hp electric motor and a larger 8.9 kWh battery. This setup provides 156 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque, while the EV driving range will be 29 miles. Both of these variants will include a set of steering paddles to change the regenerative brake levels.
Safety Features and Price
Hyundai will update the safety features, such as the addition of Cyclist Detection ability and Driver Attention Warning. Besides, the standard safety features include Avoidance Assist and Pedestrian Detection system, as well as the Stop & Go function under the Smart Cruise Control.
The starting price of 2020 Hyundai Ioniq is $23,000 for the Hybrid version. On the other hand, the Plug-In Hybrid starts at $26,000. All variants are available for order in the United States. However, the company will reveal official prices in the coming weeks.