Hyundai unveiled a slightly refreshed 2020 IONIQ with a range increase on its EV version.
Since the introduction of the Kona EV, the IONIQ range has somewhat faded. Not that the trio of models (hybrid, plug-in hybrid and purely electric) is a bad thing for consumers looking for a frugal vehicle, but with the greater range of the crossover and its more powerful mechanics, the small IONIQ Electric is no longer appealing to the motorist who would occasionally want to travel a greater distance.
However, there may be hope for the small electric car, since the European division of Hyundai has just unveiled a revised version of the car that could eventually make its way in North American, hopefully at least.
The new Hyundai IONIQ EV switches from a 28 kWh capacity battery to a new 38.3 kWh unit. For now, our Hyundai IONIQ Electric is able to travel 200 km before having to be recharged. The new European IONIQ battery allows it, according to the WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure) cycle of 183 miles (or 294 km), a distance that should in principle be a bit less if this version is approved for our market.
The power of the electric motor, as I mentioned above, increases a bit, the model currently sold in Canada has 118 horsepower while the new European version, on the other side of the ocean, has now 134 horsepower. The torque of 218 lb-ft remains the same in this upgraded version of the car.
As for the rest of the car, the design department has made some changes to both ends, wheels and even the interior, where the dashboard is embellished with a new gloss black finish and a new touchscreen.
But all this affects the European market only. It will take some time to see if Hyundai will offer this enhanced version of its small electric car over here, in North America.