The new Hyundai IONIQ Electric will start in Europe from around €34,900 (Germany) and first deliveries are expected in September.
Hyundai recently announced a refresh of its IONIQ model, which since 2016 noted more than 60,000 sales of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric versions.
The new IONIQs, in general, received a revamped exterior and interior (including new infotainment features), comprehensive connectivity (Blue Link connectivity services), new safety features (SmartSense active safety and driving assistance systems). The biggest hardware upgrade falls only on the all-electric version (more on that below).
New Hyundai IONIQ Electric
In the case of the new Hyundai IONIQ Electric, the car was significantly upgraded:
“The new IONIQ Electric’s battery has been upgraded from 28 kWh to 38.3 kWh, meaning drivers can go even further between charges. It boasts 36% additional energy storage capacity, offering a total of over 182 miles of range (internal target under WLTP regulations). Its e-motor delivers a maximum power of 136 PS and 295 Nm of torque and is fitted standard with a 7.2-kW on-board charger – an upgrade from current 6.6-kW – for Type 2 AC charging. Using a 100-kW fast-charging station, the battery can reach 80% charge in as little as 54 minutes.
Deliveries of the new Hyundai IONIQ Electric are expected from September 2019 (Europe) and first info about pricing already shows in some countries. In Germany, Hyundai announced a starting price of €34,900 ($39,500), which is slightly more than in case of the previous version (€33,300).
The new IONIQ Electric, after kind of a mid-cycle refresh, is way better than before, but is it strong enough to stay competitive with a constantly improving market for couple more years? Only time will tell.
Hyundai IONIQ Electric specs: