17.01.2019 Press release

New Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid and Plug-in maximise connectivity

  • Bluelink® telematic services, available 10.25-inch screen, Emergency Call function and new interior design highlight the comprehensive offer for New IONIQ range
  • IONIQ Hybrid and IONIQ Plug-in versions continue to lead the way in Europe for intelligent, accessible electrified vehicles

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While many other manufacturers announce their first-ever eco-friendly models, Hyundai Motor is already launching the second generation of its revolutionary IONIQ Hybrid.

While many other manufacturers announce their first-ever eco-friendly models, Hyundai Motor is already launching a heavily revised model of its revolutionary IONIQ Hybrid and Plug-in with an enhanced IONIQ Electric to follow soon after.

The New IONIQ Hybrid and Plug-in feature advanced Bluelink® telematics services, the SmartSense active safety and driving assistance systems, Adjustable Regenerative Braking and state-of-the-art infotainment delivered as standard across all trims. 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 entirely new levels of connectivity for the segment. 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.

Andreas-Christoph Hofmann Hyundai Motor Europe Vice President Marketing & Product

With over 60,000 cars sold since its launch in 2016, the outgoing IONIQ model is already one of the main pillars in Hyundai’s progressive future mobility line-up. Together with the trailblazing hydrogen-powered NEXO and the new Kona Electric the company offers an unmatched selection for environmentally conscious drivers. The New IONIQ is the next logical step to further update this line-up and make clean mobility available for even more drivers.

The world’s first vehicle to be offered in three distinctly different electrified powertrains, the second IONIQ generation continues the mission of offering consumers the option to choose an eco-friendly vehicle that fits their needs. For a comfortable and safe driving experience, all new IONIQ models are equipped with a comprehensive Hyundai SmartSense technology package as standard. The industry-leading safety package provides front collision warnings and avoidance (FCA / FCW) and Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) among other features so drivers can drive safely even in heavy traffic during rush hour. Moreover, Driver Attention Warning (DAW) alerts the person behind the wheel to focus on the road.

Incorporating new design factors to enhance its sophisticated image, the interior has been reimagined and packed with new convenience features. The optional 10.25 inch Audio Video Navigation system is a first of its vehicle class, displaying a wide variety of useful information, featuring voice recognition software and over-the-air updates. Cutting-edge infotainment technology featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as well as the Hyundai LIVE Services are built-in as standard.

Outside, the New IONIQ now adds three more available paint colours – Fluidic Metal, Electric Shadow and Liquid Sand – for a total of eight. Following the outstanding success in its market segment since 2016, IONIQ drivers have been quite creative in their aesthetic requests, and Hyundai has listened.

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 use more energy from the electric motor, rather than from the internal combustion engine.

Taking a cue from its similarly innovative 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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