The New IONIQ
Brindley Garages is excited to announce that all three IONIQ powertrains will receive a design make-over and connectivity enhancements and will be available this September. The Hybrid, plug-in Hybrid and Electric will benefit from the introduction of Hyundai BlueLink - a smartphone app which allows owners to perform a variety of functions whilst away from their vehicles. Hyundai also introduces eCall which will automatically dial emergency assistance in the event of a serious accident, reducing response times and improving post-accident protection. The New IONIQ Electric will also feature a battery upgrade from 28kWh to 38.3kWh and a more powerful motor rising from 88kW to 100kW for improved efficiency, upping the target range to 184 miles.
Firstly the design make-over gives the New IONIQ new front and rear bumpers, head and tail lamps. Most noticeable of all though is the striking front grille - 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. Interior changes have given the IONIQ 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.
Connectivity has been honed greatly for the New IONIQ with all premium and premium SE models receiving a large 10.25” split touch-screen infotainment system, and cloud-based voice recognition technology in six languages. However it's almost more impressive what an owner could do while not even in the car - Hyundai BlueLink enables a variety of functions depending on their 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. BlueLink also doubles up as a handy diagnostic tool, notifying the driver of any vehicle maintenance issues that require their attention.
With a larger battery charging times are also reduced. Using a 100-kW fast-charging station the battery can reach 80% charge in as little as 54 minutes. Enhancements in smart regenerative braking technology improve the driving experience and will allow New IONIQ Electric drivers to adopt 1-pedal driving capability. 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.
Starting from £22,795, the New IONIQ Hybrid SE Connect offers customers 15” alloy wheels, LED daytime running lamps, automatic headlamps, rear parking sensors with guidance system and a whole host of the latest connectivity and safety technologies, breathing new life into this eco-friendly range.