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Hyundai Ioniq 2020 facelift launching in Q4 2019

The Ioniq update will be launched in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Hyundai has detailed the 2020 Ioniq facelift ahead of its second-half 2019 Australian release with a revised design, new tech and added battery capacity for the fully electric version. 

Unlike a lot of facelifts, the Ioniq update is quite noticeable and makes it appear more modern than before. New front and rear lighting, now all-LED, features as well as revised alloy wheels up to 17-inches in size and a 3D-textured grille.

The Ioniq’s interior has been given a big upgrade with a new layout, a boost in quality thanks to new materials, LED ambient lighting and a new 10.25-inch multimedia system. The company has also added their Blue Link tech, which allows owners to check their car’s status and lock or unlock the doors through their smartphone. 

The Ioniq's cabin features a new central screen and AC controls. The Ioniq's cabin features a new central screen and AC controls.

The mechanicals of the Ioniq have also been changed, with an upgraded 38.3kWh battery pack (formerly 28kWh) featuring on the Ioniq Electric, which enables it to travel 294km on a single charge under new WLTP regulations. The current claimed 'real world' range for the Electric model is claimed at 230km.

There is a new 7.2kWh onboard charger, which has replaced the old 6.6kWh unit. Using a 100kW fast-charging station, the battery can be charged to 80 per cent in as little as 54 minutes. The output of the motor has also been upgraded to 100kW of power (formerly 88kW) and 295Nm of torque.

The new multimedia system features Auto Link, which allows owners to control some functions with their smartphone. The new multimedia system features Auto Link, which allows owners to control some functions with their smartphone.

Hyundai has also upgraded the battery packs of the Ioniq Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid, which still use a 77kW/147Nm 1.6-litre petrol engine and six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The Ioniq Hybrid’s electric motor now develops 32kW/170Nm and is fed by a 1.56kWh battery pack.

The Plug-in Hybrid Ioniq’s electric motor develops 44.5kW/170Nm, and is fed by a higher-output 8.9kWh battery pack. The plug-in hybrid model can now travel 51km on electric-only power - apparently down from the claimed 60km of the existing model.

The Ioniq update features new tailights. The Ioniq update features new tailights.

Hyundai Australia has confirmed that the updated Ioniq will arrive locally towards the end of 2019, with local pricing and specifications to be announced before then. 

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