Hyundai revamping Ioniq hybrid and PHEV


The hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the Hyundai Ioniq are being redesigned in regards to body and interior. Bluelink telematics services are also being introduced. The official presentation for the facelift for the all-electric Ioniq will follow at a later date.

The drive systems will not change in either vehicle. Both are still powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine with 72.2 kW and an electric motor with 32 kW (hybrid) or 45 kW (plug-in hybrid). The system output of both models is 104 kW.

The biggest innovation – and this should also apply to the Ioniq Electric – are the Bluelink telematics services, which are now being introduced. Until now, these were mainly reserved for customers in the USA. They did not exist in Europe. Via these services, users can call up vehicle information from a distance, for example via their smartphone.

Both hybrid versions of the Ioniq Electric take over the recuperation brake, which can be adjusted via the gearshift paddle, and the electric parking brake. Under the term SmartSense, the South Koreans combine active safety and driver assistance systems. The safety package includes an emergency brake assistant with pedestrian detection and front collision warning as well as a lane departure warning system. In addition, the Attention Assistant helps the driver to concentrate on the road when tired.


The biggest visual update is the newly designed interior. An optional navigation and infotainment system with a 10.25-inch screen has been added, while the standard equipment, on the other hand, includes an eight-inch display. The connectivity technologies Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as well as Hyundai Live Services for real-time traffic display during navigation are integrated as standard.

Hyundai has sold more than 9,000 units of the Ioniq series in Germany alone since its market launch in autumn 2016. Last year, a total of 5,068 new Ioniqs were put on the road in Germany. These included 3,373 with hybrid/plug-in hybrid drive and 1,695 with purely electric drive.


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