Hyundai updates Ioniq hybrids

Hyundai Motor is showcasing what it describes as a heavily revised model of its Ioniq Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid. An enhanced Ioniq Electric is planned to follow soon after.

The new Ioniq Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid feature Bluelink telematics services, the SmartSense active safety and driving assistance systems, Adjustable Regenerative Braking, which is set using paddle shifts, and state-of-the-art infotainment. In addition, the Ioniq design has been updated both outside and inside.

“With our New Ioniq models we not only provide innovative mobility solutions to more and more drivers but also new levels of connectivity,” says Hyundai Motor Europe Vice President Marketing & Product Andreas-Christoph Hofmann. “Hyundai Motor first unveiled the Ioniq three years ago in 2016, representing an essential step on the company’s way to fulfill its future mobility vision. This is the heart of the Progress pillar of our corporate plan over the next several years.”

With over 60,000 cars sold since its launch in 2016, the current Ioniq model is already one of the main pillars in Hyundai’s progressive future mobility line-up.

As well as interior and exterior tweaks, in an effort to better preserve the environment, the new Ioniq is equipped with the world’s first ‘Green-zone Drive Mode (GDM)’ which automatically switches the vehicle’s driving module in designated areas to further run on electric power rather than the internal combustion.

Taking a cue from its Kona SUV sibling, the 2019 Ioniq adopts 1-pedal driving capability, Smart Regenerative Braking, Utility Mode use of onboard functions even while the vehicle is switched off, and Eco+ Mode for extending remaining energy during unforeseeable emergency situations.

The New Ioniq Hybrid and Plug-In will be introduced in Europe during the second half of 2019.

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