Hyundai Ioniq upgrades extend electric range

Fresh technologies and revised look added to all versions.

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Hyundai has updated its Ioniq family car, the changes including upgraded equipment levels and an extended range on the electric version.

The Ioniq Electric has been fitted with a larger-capacity battery pack — up to 38.3kWh from the outgoing car’s 28kWh. Hyundai says this should boost range to more than 182 miles between charges.

A new 7.2kw on-board charger is also part of the new EV specification, allowing Type 2 AC charging which will see a 0-80% charge using a 100kW fast-charger take 52 minutes.

Visual changes across the range include a fresh front bumper with new silver moulding, along with redesigned head and tail lights. Both hybrid options boast a redesigned mesh grille, while the electric variant also has its closed-off grille aperture updated.

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There are new 16-inch alloy wheel design for plug-in and electric Ioniqs, while the regular hybrid offers new 15 or 17-inch designs on the options list.

All cars are now supplied with an updated version of Hyundai’s ‘SmartSense’ technology package — adding front collision warning with avoidance assistance, cyclist detection, a driver attention warning, lane-keep assist and automatic high beam to the car. Adaptive cruise control is also specified as standard.

UK pricing and specifications for the refreshed Hyundai Ioniq range will be announced before its showroom launch later in 2019. Currently the car is the only UK model offered in conventional hybrid, plug-in hybrid or all-electric form.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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