The new Hyundai IONIQ Electric will start in Europe from around €34,900 (Germany) and first deliveries are expected in September.

Hyundai recently announced a refresh of its IONIQ model, which since 2016 noted more than 60,000 sales of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric versions.

The new IONIQs, in general, received a revamped exterior and interior (including new infotainment features), comprehensive connectivity (Blue Link connectivity services), new safety features (SmartSense active safety and driving assistance systems). The biggest hardware upgrade falls only on the all-electric version (more on that below).

New Hyundai IONIQ Electric

In the case of the new Hyundai IONIQ Electric, the car was significantly upgraded:

  • battery capacity increased from 28 kWh net to 38.3 kWh net (up 36%)
  • target WLTP range stands at 293.8 km (182.6 miles)
  • electric motor power increased from 88 kW to 100 kW
  • on-board charger power increased from 6.6 kW to 7.2 kW (still single-phase)
  • now can be driven in 1-pedal driving mode

"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 over 182 miles of range (internal target under WLTP regulations). Its e-motor delivers a maximum power of 136 PS and 295 Nm of torque and is fitted standard with a 7.2-kW on-board charger - an upgrade from current 6.6-kW – for Type 2 AC charging. Using a 100-kW fast-charging station, the battery can reach 80% charge in as little as 54 minutes.

Deliveries of the new Hyundai IONIQ Electric are expected from September 2019 (Europe) and first info about pricing already shows in some countries. In Germany, Hyundai announced a starting price of €34,900 ($39,500), which is slightly more than in the case of the previous version (€33,300).

The new IONIQ Electric, after kind of a mid-cycle refresh, is way better than before, but is it strong enough to stay competitive with a constantly improving market for a couple more years? Only time will tell.

Hyundai IONIQ Electric specs:

  • 38.3 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery (output 113 kW, nominal voltage 316.4 V), compared to 28 kWh previously
  • Battery energy density: 112.4 Wh/kg w/o battery heater and 111.2 Wh/kg w/ battery heater
  • range of 293.8 km (182.6 miles) (WLTP target)
  • Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor - 100 kW (136 PS) and 295 Nm with 7.412:1 gear ratio, compared to 88 kW previously
  • top speed of 102 mph (164 km/h)
  • 7.2 kW on-board charger (compared to 6.6 kW previously)
  • Standard AC charging in roughly: 6 hrs 5 mins
  • DC fast charging (80%) in less than 1 h: approx 57 min from 50 kW charger and approx 54 min from 100 kW charger
  • Curb weight (in running order): 1,420 kg
  • Max Payload: 460 kg
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1,880 kg

Gallery: New Hyundai IONIQ Electric

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New Hyundai IONIQ Plug-In

The new plug-in hybrid version didn't get a higher capacity battery or a higher power motor than the painfully low 32 kW.

"The new IONIQ Hybrid and IONIQ Plug-in both feature the known Kappa 1.6-litre GDI, direct-injection petrol four-cylinder engine delivering maximum power of 105 PS and 147 Nm of torque. The IONIQ Hybrid’s permanent magnet electric motor delivers 43.5 PS (32 kW) with maximum torque of 170 Nm, powered by a lithium-ion-polymer battery with 1.56 kWh capacity positioned under the rear seats. The plug-in version’s electric motor delivers 60.5 PS (44.5 kW) with maximum torque of 170 Nm, powered by a 8.9 kWh lithium-ion-polymer battery. In combination with the 1.6-litre GDI engine, IONIQ Hybrid and Plug-in deliver a system output of 103.6 kW (141 PS) and up to 265 Nm of torque. The electric motor enables the IONIQ Hybrid to operate in pure electric mode at speeds up to 75 mph. Drivers choosing the IONIQ Plug-in can safely rely on over 32 miles of pure electric driving range (WLTP target figure) powered by the 8.9 kWh battery."

Hyundai IONIQ Plug-In specs:

  • 8.9 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery (output 59 kW, nominal voltage 360 V)
  • system output: 104 kW / 141 PS of power and 265 Nm of torque
  • 1.6L KAPPA 1.6 ATKINSON GDI engine (105 PS, 147 Nm) with 6-Speed Dual Clutch Transmission and Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (44.5 kW and 170 Nm)
  • 3.3 kW on-board charger
  • Curb weight (in running order): 1,495 kg
  • Max Payload: 475 kg
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1,970 kg

Gallery: New Hyundai IONIQ Plug-in

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NEW IONIQ: HYUNDAI’S REVOLUTIONARY ECO-FRIENDLY MODEL OFFERS A RANGE OF NEW ENHANCEMENTS

  • Connectivity upgrades with Blue Link® for new IONIQ provide innovative convenience solutions     
  • Enhanced edition of the world’s first car with three electrified powertrains offers consumers the option to choose an eco-friendly vehicle that fits their needs ·      
  • New IONIQ Electric with upgraded 38.3-kWh battery: 36% added energy storage capacity – now over 182 mile range in total (internal target under WLTP regulations)·      
  • With over 60,000 IONIQs sold since its launch in 2016, the new IONIQ makes clean, connected mobility available for even more drivers 

High Wycombe, 02 May 2019 — Hyundai Motor is launching comprehensive connectivity and design enhancements for the new IONIQ, the latest edition of its revolutionary eco-friendly model. As of its launch in 2016, IONIQ was the world’s first car planned from the start to offer three electrified powertrains – hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full electric. The IONIQ is now already upgrading its offer, with added technological features and a refreshed look. Hyundai keeps leading the way in future mobility, as many other manufacturers are still planning or just launching their first eco-mobility vehicles.

The new IONIQ features advanced Blue Link® connectivity services*, SmartSense™ active safety and driving assistance systems and state-of-the-art infotainment features. In addition, both the exterior and interior design receive updates, while drivers of the new IONIQ Electric can also enjoy 36% added energy capacity thanks to an upgraded 38.3-kWh battery.

“Our new IONIQ models build on the success of the first generation thanks to a range of upgrades both in terms of connectivity features and design,” says Hyundai Motor Chief Operating Officer Thomas A. Schmid. “When it comes to Hyundai’s eco-mobility vehicles, IONIQ is leading the way by offering our customers all they need thanks to life-enhancing, easy-to-use technologies.” 

*Exact Blue Link features offered as standard or optional may vary depending on the market in which IONIQ is acquired by the customer.  

The new IONIQ provides innovative mobility solutions with three electrified drivetrains
With over 60,000 cars sold since its launch in 2016, the original IONIQ has established itself as one of the main pillars in Hyundai’s progressive future mobility lineup. Together with the trailblazing hydrogen-powered NEXO, which is equipped with a revolutionary fuel cell electric powertrain, and the Kona Electric, Hyundai is the automaker with the widest range of electrified powertrains. The latest edition of the IONIQ is the next logical step to further update this lineup and make clean mobility available for even more drivers. 

As the world’s first vehicle to be planned with three distinctly different electrified powertrains, the enhanced new edition of the IONIQ continues the mission of offering consumers the option to choose an eco-friendly vehicle that fits their needs. 

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 over 182 miles of range (internal target under WLTP regulations). Its e-motor delivers a maximum power of 136 PS and 295 Nm of torque and is fitted standard with a 7.2-kW on-board charger - an upgrade from current 6.6-kW – for Type 2 AC charging. Using a 100-kW fast-charging station, the battery can reach 80% charge in as little as 54 minutes.

The new IONIQ Hybrid and IONIQ Plug-in both feature the known Kappa 1.6-litre GDI, direct-injection petrol four-cylinder engine delivering maximum power of 105 PS and 147 Nm of torque. The IONIQ Hybrid’s permanent magnet electric motor delivers 43.5 PS (32 kW) with maximum torque of 170 Nm, powered by a lithium-ion-polymer battery with 1.56 kWh capacity positioned under the rear seats. The plug-in version’s electric motor delivers 60.5 PS (44.5 kW) with maximum torque of 170 Nm, powered by a 8.9 kWh lithium-ion-polymer battery. In combination with the 1.6-litre GDI engine, IONIQ Hybrid and Plug-in deliver a system output of 103.6 kW (141 PS) and up to 265 Nm of torque. The electric motor enables the IONIQ Hybrid to operate in pure electric mode at speeds up to 75 mph. Drivers choosing the IONIQ Plug-in can safely rely on over 32 miles of pure electric driving range (WLTP target figure) powered by the 8.9 kWh battery. 

New levels of connectivity in the new IONIQ
The new IONIQ features Hyundai Blue Link, a connected vehicle system which uses embedded telematics to allow drivers of IONIQ Electric to remote start and stop, while all versions allow remote lock or unlock and control air conditioning via a smartphone app. This technology also allows owners of the plug-in or electric model to remotely check the status of their battery so they know when they need to recharge the vehicle. Thanks to Blue Link, charging can be remotely controlled and scheduled via the app. (Services available may vary by market)

With the new IONIQ, Hyundai also introduces eCall, automatically dialing emergency assistance if airbags are deployed or the call button located above the rear-view mirror is pressed. Relevant information (car information, time of accident, driving direction, airbag and impact sensor information) is sent to the local emergency service.

In addition to this, the new IONIQ arrives with LIVE Services available when customers include satellite navigation. Drivers receive a five year free subscription for this feature, which offers up-to-the-minute information about: weather, traffic, speed camera warning (where legally allowed), on- and off-street parking, live nearby-dealer information as well as identifying nearby charging stations and live POI Search. 

The Audio Video Navigation system, which will be available on the range, displays a variety of information across its 10.25-inch split touch-screen, and features available Cloud-based voice recognition in six languages (with Blue Link). The improved screen can be customised providing two home screen versions and ability to edit displayed widgets and icons. In addition to standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay even with the base onboard system, with standard new Multi-Bluetooth function (with 10.25-inch AVN option only) drivers of the new IONIQ can connect two phones at the same time to listen to each phone’s music through Bluetooth streaming.  

An updated interior design
As well as the new convenience features, the new IONIQ’s reimagined interior incorporates new design features to enhance its sophisticated image. In addition to standard black seat trims, customers have the option of four leather seat colours: Black, Grey two-tone, Red Umber (exclusive for hybrid and plug-in) and Electric Shadow (exclusive to electric version). Meanwhile, the dashboard garnish arrives in Dark Chrome Accent. 

Below the new wide screen 10.25-inch AVN screen, the control panel for heating and climate control has been redesigned and sports a sleek, glossy finish. New touch-type control buttons allow for intuitive operation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning. The IONIQ Electric standard high-resolution 7-inch LCD console display (also available on hybrid and plug-in hybrid range on higher trim versions) has been improved with mood lighting to visualise the different drive mode themes. To round off the improved modern interior design, blue ambient lighting has been applied across the passenger-side lower dashboard and the centre console.  

The exterior also gets design upgrades
Up front, 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 been updated also with a new distinctive pattern on the closed grille. All models feature an updated front bumper design with a silver-coloured molding at the bottom new anthracite on the rear bumper molding and daytime running light bezels up front, creating a more refined and dynamic look. The LED DRLs as well as the newly available LED head- and taillights have been completely redesigned to make the IONIQ stand out at night – offering not only aesthetic enhancements but also additional safety.

The IONIQ Plug-in and Electric are available with redesigned 16-inch alloy wheels, while customers of the IONIQ Hybrid can choose between a new 15-inch or 17-inch wheel design. The new IONIQ is available in nine exterior paint colours, including four new ones: Fluidic Metal, Electric Shadow, Liquid Sand and Typhoon Silver in addition to Phantom Black, Polar White, Iron Grey, Intense Blue and Fiery Red.

A leading safety package in the segment
For a comfortable and safe driving experience, all new IONIQ models are equipped with a comprehensive Hyundai SmartSense technology package. This cutting-edge driver assistance system constantly monitors the environment around the vehicle to protect drivers from potential hazards while on the road. 

The new IONIQ’s leading safety package includes Front Collision Warning and Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection with new Cyclist Detection ability and Driver Attention Warning. Lane Keep Assist and High Beam Assist also come as standard. Also available on certain models is Lane Follow Assist which keeps the car in the middle of a lane so drivers can navigate safely even in heavy traffic during rush hour.  

Using the radar sensor to detect the distance from the car in front, Smart Cruise Control with Stop&Go and Leading Vehicle Departure Alert maintains a preset distance to automatically stop and depart again according to traffic conditions. Additional options include Blind-Spot Collision Warning and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning.

Eco-Driving Assist System: State-of-the-art technology to improve fuel economy
The new IONIQ Plug-in and Hybrid are equipped with the Eco-Driving Assist System (Eco DAS) to help improve fuel economy. The integrated Coasting Guide analyses road information from the navigation system to notify the driver when deceleration (for example change of directions, cross-roads, highway exits) is imminent. The feature aims to reduce fuel consumption and minimise brake usage. The Coasting Guide can be activated when in Eco mode over 25 mph. 

Eco DAS is further equipped with a Predictive Energy Management system, which manages charging and discharging of the battery in uphill and downhill situations to maximise the battery usage. When a lack of battery state-of-charge is predicted during uphill driving, the IONIQ Plug-in and Hybrid increase internal-combustion engine operation to charge the battery. When a sufficient battery state-of-charge is reached during downhill driving, e-motor intervention increases to minimize fuel consumption and further energy is simultaneously recovered through regenerative braking. 

Enhanced driving features
Thanks to IONIQ’s renowned dynamics and performance, drivers of the new IONIQ Hybrid and Plug-in versions can enjoy the fun-to-drive aspect of a well-built electrified car with the responsive shifts of a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. New IONIQ customers also benefit from a low centre of gravity due to the low placement of the battery pack, thus increasing even more the fun characteristics of the drive. 

The hybrid and plug-in versions of the new IONIQ feature Adjustable Regenerative Braking in Eco mode, which allows drivers to select from different intensity levels via the paddle shifters. In Sport mode the paddles act as manual shifters. 

Taking a cue from its similarly innovative Kona Electric sibling, as a maximum use of regenerative braking technology, the new IONIQ Electric adopts 1-pedal driving capability, which allows drivers to stop the car by simply holding onto the left paddle shift lever with often no need to engage the brake pedal. Working thus via Smart Regenerative Braking, the level of energy recuperation is automatically adjusted depending on the road incline and traffic situation in front when coasting. The new IONIQ Electric also features Eco+, which supplements the standard Eco, Comfort and Sport driving modes. By selecting the Eco+ mode, drivers reduce their energy consumption and the car’s remaining energy can be extended during unforeseeable emergency situations.

Technical specifications 

Engine (IONIQ Hybrid and IONIQ Plug-in)

Type

KAPPA 1.6 ATKINSON GDI

Displacement

1,580 cc

Bore x stroke

72 X 97 mm

Compression ratio

13.0

Power

105 PS @ 5,700 rpm

Torque

147 Nm @ 4,000 rpm

 

Electric Motor (IONIQ Hybrid)

Type

Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor

Maximum Power (kW/PS)

32 kW / 43.5 PS

Maximum Torque (Nm)

170 Nm

 

 

Battery (IONIQ Hybrid)

Type

Lithium-Ion Polymer

Capacity (kWh)

1.56 kWh

Power Output (kW)

42 kW

Voltage (V)

240 V

 

Electric Motor (IONIQ Plug-in)

Type

Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor

Maximum Power (kW/PS)

44.5 kW / 60.5 PS

Maximum Torque (Nm)

170 Nm

 

 

Battery (IONIQ Plug-in)

Type

Lithium-Ion Polymer

Capacity (kWh)

8.9 kWh

Power Output (kW)

59 kW

Voltage (V)

360 V

On Board Charger (IONIQ Plug-in)

Max. capacity (kW)

3.3

System Output (Hybrid & Plug-In)

Max Power (kW / PS)

104 kW / 141 PS

Max Torque (Nm)

265 Nm

 

Electric motor (IONIQ Electric)

Type

Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor

Maximum Power

136 PS

Maximum Torque

295 Nm

Maximum speed

102 mph

CO2 combined (g/km)

0

All electric range (target)

182.6 miles

 

Battery (IONIQ Electric)

Type

Lithium-ion Polymer

Capacity (kWh)

38.3 kWh

Power Output (kW)

113

Energy Density (kwh/kg)

112.4 (w/o battery heater)

111.2 (w/ battery heater)

Voltage (V)

319.4

 

On Board Charger

Max. capacity (kW)

7.2

Charging Time

Speed of charge / Standard

Approx 6 hrs 5 mins

Speed of charge / Quick Charge

50 kW: Approx 57 min

100 kW: Approx 54 min

 

Transmission (IONIQ Hybrid and IONIQ Plug-in)

Automatic

6-Speed Dual Clutch Transmission

 

 

Transmission (IONIQ Electric)

Automatic

Single Speed Reduction Gear

 

Gear ratios (IONIQ Hybrid and IONIQ Plug-in)

1st

3.867

2nd

2.217

3rd

1.371

4th

0.930

5th

0.956

6th

0.767

Reverse

5.351

Final drive

4.188 / 3.045 (1ST-4TH / 5TH - Reverse)

 

Gear ratios (IONIQ Electric)

Single Speed Reduction Gear/ 38.3 kWh Battery 

Gear ratio

7.412

 

Suspension and damping

Front

Macpherson Strut Type with Gas shock absorbers

Rear

Multi-link Type (IONIQ Hybrid & IONIQ Plug-in)

Torsion Beam Type (IONIQ Electric)

 

Steering (IONIQ Hybrid and IONIQ Plug-in)

Type

Rack & Pinion

Gearing

2.66 turns lock-to-lock

Turning radius

5.3 metres (minimum)

Overall Steering Gear Ratio

13.9:1

 

Steering (IONIQ Electric)

Type

Rack & Pinion

Gearing

2.85 turns lock-to-lock

Turning radius

5.3 metres (minimum)

Overall Steering Gear Ratio

15.1:1

 

Brakes (all models)

Front (Diameter)

280mm

Rear (Diameter)

IONIQ Hybrid: 262 mm

IONIQ Plug-in and IONIQ Electric: 284 mm

Assistance

ABS, EPB (Std. EV, Opt. HEV/PHEV), ESC and AEB

 

Wheel type (IONIQ Hybrid)

Tyres (IONIQ Hybrid)

6.0J x 15-inch alloy wheels

195 / 65 R15

7.0J x 17-inch alloy wheels

225 / 45 R17

 

Wheel type (IONIQ Plug-in)

Tyres (IONIQ Plug-in)

6.5J x 16-inch alloy wheels

205 / 55 R16

 

Wheel type (IONIQ Electric)

Tyres (IONIQ Electric)

6.5J x 16-inch alloy wheels

205 / 60 R16      


Exterior (mm)

Overall length

4470

Overall width

1820

Overall height

1450

Wheelbase

2700

Ground clearance

140

Front overhang

880

Rear overhang

890

Front track

IONIQ Hybrid: 1.563 / 1.549 (15’’/17’’)

IONIQ Electric: 1.555

Rear track

IONIQ Hybrid: 1.577 / 1.563 (15’’/17’’)

IONIQ Electric: 1.564


Interior (mm)

 

First row

Second row

Head room (With / without sunroof)

994 / 1,024  (970 / 1,004)

950

Leg room

1.073 / 1,136

906 / 800

Shoulder room

1.425

1.396

Hip room

1.366

1.344


Capacities (litres)

Fuel Tank

IONIQ Hybrid:  45

IONIQ Plug-in:  43

Luggage - IONIQ Hybrid

min 456 / max 1518

Luggage - IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid

min 341 / max 1401

Luggage - IONIQ Electric

min 350 / max 1410


Weight

 

IONIQ Hybrid

IONIQ Plug-in

IONIQ Electric

Kerb weight (in running order)

1,361

1,495

1,420

Max Payload

509

475

460

Gross Vehicle Weight

1,870

1,970

1,880

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