A comprehensive connectivity package and design enhancements have been added to Hyundai IONIQ, including an upgraded battery to the Electric model, increasing its range to 294km.
The revolutionary eco-friendly suite of power trains, which includes a hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full electric model have also scored a fresh new look, and SmartSense active safety.
Hyundai has also added improved driving assistance systems and state-of-the-art infotainment features in preparation for the next generation version of the IONIQ to launch in Australia in the second half of this year.
The updated IONIQ features Hyundai Blue Link, a connected vehicle system which uses embedded telematics to allow drivers of IONIQ Electric to remote start and stop, while all versions allow remote lock or unlock and control air conditioning via a smartphone app.
This technology also allows owners of the plug-in or electric model to remotely check the status of their battery, and remotely control charging. A new safety system called eCall has also been added, automatically dialling emergency assistance if airbags are deployed.
It can be activated via a call button near the rear-view mirror as well. In addition to standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, if you choose the optional 10.25-inch audio visual navigation system, you can also utilise Multi-Bluetooth.
A new addition, Multi-Bluetooth lets drivers of the new IONIQ connect two phones at the same time, so you and your friends can listen to each phone’s music through Bluetooth streaming.
Inside, there’s also four new leather seat colours to choose from, including Black, Gray two-tone, Red Umber (exclusive for hybrid and plug-in) and Electric Shadow (exclusive to electric version). Meanwhile, the dashboard garnish arrives in Dark Chrome Accent.
On the outside, the hybrid and plug-in versions of the new IONIQ now show a redesigned mesh-type radiator grille. The front of the new IONIQ Electric has been updated also with a new distinctive pattern on the closed grille.
All models feature an updated front bumper design with a silver-coloured moulding at the bottom, and new anthracite seen on the rear bumper moulding and daytime running light bezels up front, creating a more refined and dynamic look.
The LED DRLs as well as the newly available LED head- and taillights have been completely redesigned to make the IONIQ stand out at night – offering not only aesthetic enhancements but also additional safety.
The IONIQ Plug-in and Electric are available with redesigned 16-inch alloy wheels, while customers of the IONIQ Hybrid can choose between a new 15-inch or 17-inch wheel design.
The new IONIQ is available in nine exterior paint colours, including four new ones; Fluidic Metal, Electric Shadow, Liquid Sand and Typhoon Silver. The other colours are Phantom Black, Polar White, Iron Gray, Intense Blue and Fiery Red.
Local pricing and specifications will be announced closer to launch.