Hyundai Motor UK has officially announced the pricing and specification changes for the New Ioniq range, which will be in showrooms from the 5th September.
Since its launch in October 2016, the Ioniq range has been at the forefront of demonstrating Hyundai’s commitment to lowering vehicle emissions. Alongside the Kona Electric, New Kona Hybrid, Nexo and a range of 48V hybrid combustion engine systems, the New Ioniq range further expands the brands range of affordable and advanced eco-friendly vehicles that also deliver smart connectivity and stylish design.
New Ioniq models receive refreshed exterior designs including redesigned grilles. The Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models now sport a mesh radiator grille with three dimensional cells, whilst the Electric models now feature a redesigned grille with active air flaps to assist in powertrain cooling. All models have new front and rear bumpers, headlamps and tail lamps.
The interior changes to New Ioniq include a comprehensive redesign of the dashboard with upgraded materials and finishes, updated instrument cluster, cabin mood lighting and all new touch type temperature and multimedia controls. A new 10.25” widescreen navigation system is available on all Premium, Premium SE models across the range and on the limited edition 1st Edition Hybrid model.
As well as refreshed design, technical enhancements are also seen throughout the range. New Ioniq Electric receives a larger battery which increases in size from 28kWh to 38.3kWh and a more powerful motor rising from 88kW to 100kW for improved efficiency. The larger battery will recharge from flat to 100% charge in 6 hours 5 minutes on a 7kW charger, whilst 80% charge can be achieved on a 50kW within 57 minutes and will provide a range of up to 184 miles.
In addition, New Ioniq Electric also receives driver controlled fully adjustable regenerative braking with 1 pedal driving functionality and smart regenerative braking. This automatically regulates the regenerative braking power depending on road inclination and forward momentum to ensure the smoothest driving experience whilst maximising efficiency and range.
The electrified 1.6 GDi, 6 speed DCT powertrains for New Ioniq Hybrid and New Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid are carried over from the previous models, both vehicles now benefit from driver controlled regenerative braking, adding additional control and furthering zero emission driving capability. The New Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid’s 8.9kWh battery will recharge from flat to 100% within 2 hours 15 from a 7kW charge point and provides an electric only driving range of up to 30 miles.
Connectivity features heavily on New Ioniq, with all Premium and Premium SE specification models receiving a 10.25” widescreen navigation system which features Bluelink telematics. Bluelink is Hyundai’s smartphone app-based connected car service that enables drivers to carry out a number of different functions whilst away from their vehicles.
Depending on powertrain type, this system includes remote start, the ability to activate and adjust climate control when connected to a vehicle charger, to unlock the car doors remotely by entering the Bluelink User PIN and to locate the vehicle. In addition to the driver convenience features, Bluelink also serves as a convenient diagnostic tool which will notify the driver of any vehicle maintenance issues that require attention.
New Ioniq Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models fitted with the widescreen 10.25” touch screen navigation system also receive the Eco Driving Assistant System (ECO-DAS). ECO-DAS analyses road and route information from the navigation system to notify the driver in advance that deceleration is expected, reducing fuel consumption, minimising brake usage and providing a more efficient driving experience. ECO-DAS also includes predictive energy management, using gradient data from the navigation system to assist the control and operation of the battery, motor and Atkinson Cycle combustion engine.
When ECO-DAS predicts an upcoming incline, the combustion engine is used to pre-charge the battery, which in turn provides the combustion engine with an increased assistance when the vehicle starts to climb, increasing powertrain efficiency. In contrast, when ECO-DAS detects an upcoming descent, the battery will automatically increase its assistance, or take over from the combustion engine until the descent is reached, at which point ECO-DAS will automatically use regenerative braking to reclaim any stored charge used, minimising fuel consumption and maximising the potential of the electrified powertrain system.
New Ioniq models also benefit from the introduction of eCall, which can automatically dial emergency services in the event of a serious accident, shortening response times and improving post-accident protection. When eCall is activated, either manually by the vehicle occupants or automatically if the airbags have been triggered, it connects to a dedicated call centre using both a telephone and data link. The voice link allows the emergency services to communicate with the vehicle occupants and at the same time, a minimum set of data is automatically transmitted, including location, the time of the accident, the vehicle’s identification number and also direction of travel, allowing the emergency services to assess and manage the situation before their onsite arrival.
The new Ioniq Hybrid prices start at £22,795 ($27,810) for the lower end SE Connect and go all the way up to £24,955 ($0,494) for the limited 1st Edition. Prices for the Premium trim of the Ioniq PHEV start at £29,950 ($36,539), while the top-end Premium SE will cost £31,950 ($38,979). Th all electric Ioniq prices start at £29,450 ($35,929), after deducting the Plug In Car Grant (PICG), for the entry level Premium trim. The fully loaded all electric Ioniq Premium SE carries the price tag of £31,450 ($38,369).