South Korean company Hyundai has announced enhancements to its range of electrified Ioniq models, including a larger-capacity battery and increased range for the all-electric model.
The new Ioniq Electric has been upgraded with a 38.3kWh battery – 36% added energy storage capacity over the current car’s 28kWh unit – and Hyundai is targeting a range of at least 182 miles under WLTP testing regulations. The Ioniq Eiectric’s e-motor delivers maximum power of 136hp and 295Nm of torque, and can be charged by the on-board 7.2kW on-board charger – itself an upgrade from the current 6.6kW – for Type 2 AC charging. The new larger capacity battery can reach 80% charge in 54 minutes when plugged into a 10OkW fast charger. The revised Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid versions of the Ioniq use the already successful 42hp (32kW) and 60hp (44.5kW) electric motor and ‘Kappa’ 1 .b-litre GDI direct injection petrol engine powertrains as before. The Ioniq Plug-in has an all¬electric WLTP target range of 32 miles.
Outside, all three cars get mesh-type grille designs, new wheels and bumpers, in addition to revised lights. Inside, there’s a choice of leather seat colours, and a new 10.25-inch colour touchscreen. Hyundai’s new Blue Link connected vehicle system allows owners of the plug-in or electric model to remotely check their car’s battery status and schedule charging. Additionally, Ioniq Electric drivers can remote start and stop.