Although there is much new for the 2020 versions of Hyundai’s Ioniq “electrified” compact hatchbacks shown at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, the biggest news comes in the full-electric version, which gets a bigger battery and greatly increased range.More from the L.A. Auto Show
2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid, and Electric
Since its launch for the 2017 model year, the Ioniq has been offered in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and full-electric form, the last with a 28 kilowatt-hour battery and an EPA-rated range of 124 miles. That battery has been boosted to 38.3 kilowatt-hours for 2020, providing a range of 170 miles — a near 40-percent increase.
Also increased is the Electric’s power output and charging capacity. Horsepower is up from 118 to 134, and the Level 2 on-board charger transfer rate is increased from 6.6 kilowatts to 7.2, which decreases charging times. Hyundai says the Electric can be fully charged in about 35 hours on a Level 1 (120-volt AC) charger, about 6 hours on a Level 2 (240-volt AC) charger, and to 80-percent charged in less than an hour on a Level 3 (480-volt DC) Quick Charger. The Electric is rated by the EPA at 133 MPGe, which Hyundai says makes it among the most efficient electrics on the market.
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All Ioniqs receive a freshened exterior appearance for 2020 — each model getting unique wheel designs — along with added safety and convenience features. Newly offered are Highway Driving Assist, Lane Following Assist, and Stop & Go, which combined ease highway and city-traffic driving. Also newly added are front obstacle detection, pedestrian detection for the forward collision warning system, an electronic parking brake, a larger 10.25-inch navigation screen (up from 8 inches), and steering-wheel paddles for adjusting the amount of regenerative braking.
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Pricing for the four 2020 Hybrid trim levels runs from $23,930 including destination to $31,930. The three Plug-In Hybrid trim levels span $27,230 to $33,680. Prices for the Electric have not yet been released. In addition to Hyundai’s traditional 5/60 bumper-to-bumper and 10/100 powertrain warranties, all Ioniqs — Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid, and Electric — come with a lifetime battery warranty to the original owner.
The increased range and power for the Ioniq Electric follows a current trend that is making electric vehicles more and more practical as everyday transportation. And other changes for 2020 also improve what are already very attractive packages, whether in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or electric form. There’s indication that most new vehicles will be “electrified” in some regard in the very near future, so Hyundai really has a jump on things with the Ioniq.
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