Hyundai has dropped final specifications and a photo gallery of the facelifted Ioniq Electric on the occasion of the model’s international media launch in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
The main update made to the EV is the upgraded 38.3-kWh battery with 36 percent added energy capacity for an enhanced real-world driving range of 311 km (193 miles) as per WLTP. The new battery replaces the previously-available 28-kWh unit.
Another significant upgrade is the addition of a standard 7.2-kW on-board charger for Type 2 AC charging that replaces the 6.6-kW charger. As a result, the battery can reach 80 percent charge in as little as 54 minutes using a 100-kW fast-charging station.
The electric motor stays the same and delivers a maximum power of 100 kW (136 PS / 134 hp) and a peak torque of 295 Nm (218 lb-ft). Borrowing from the Kona Electric, the Ioniq Electric makes maximum use of regenerative braking technology by adopting one-paddle driving capability. This allows drivers to stop the car by simply holding onto the left paddle shift lever — most of the time with no need to engage the braking pedal.
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The Smart Regenerative Braking allows for the level of energy recuperation to be automatically adjusted depending on the road incline and traffic situation in front when coasting. The 2020 Ioniq Electric also features an Eco+ driving mode in addition to the standard Eco, Comfort and Sport modes. Eco+ enables drivers to reduce their energy consumption as well as extend the car’s remaining energy during unforeseeable emergency situations.
The facelifted Hyundai Ioniq Electric also gains upgraded connectivity thanks to Hyundai Bluelink, a connected car system which uses embedded telematics, allowing users to remote control the air conditioning, charging, as well as door lock or unlock via a smartphone app. When fitted with the optional 10.25-inch Audio Visual Navigation (AVN) system, the Ioniq Electric also offers a five-year free subscription for Hyundai Live Services.
The styling changes are rather subtle. Inside, they include new leather seat colors, dark chrome accents on the dashboard, a redesigned HVAC panel with a glossy finish and new touch-type controls, and blue ambient lighting.
On the outside, the Ioniq Electric gains a new pattern on the closed grille, updated front bumper design with a silver-colored molding at the bottom, new anthracite molding on the rear bumper, and anthracite DRL bezels up front. The LED DRLs, headlights and taillights have redesigned signatures, the 16-inch alloys are new, and four new colors have been added to the palette.
The facelifted Hyundai Ioniq Electric will be available in Europe from September 2019.