Refreshed 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Adds Power and More Electric Range

Hyundai has given its Ioniq compact a substantial refresh for the 2020 model year, with all three variants -- Hybrid, Electric, and Electric Plus PHEV -- benefiting from the changes. The Korean company rolled out the trio of updated cars this week at the LA Auto Show.

The Ioniq Electric gets the most significant changes in a larger battery pack that extends promised driving range from last year's 200 km to nearly 275 km. A new charging system cuts charge times, and the drive system's power output rises to 134 hp from 118.

All 2020 Ioniq models also add steering wheel-mounted paddles to adjust the level of regenerative braking.

All three cars get refreshed styling. Hybrid and Electric Plus PHEV models get a new mesh grille, and Ioniq Electric trades last year's solid gloss black fascia for a bolder silver treatment. More subtle changes come in the form of new bumper covers, head- and taillights, side sill moldings, and wheel designs.

Inside, Ioniq gets a new gauge cluster with LCD info screen, new dash and console covers, touchscreen HVAC controls, a standard 8.0-inch infotainment screen (replacing the 7.0-inch display used in some models), and cars optioned with navigation get a 10.25-inch screen.

The Ioniq's radar cruise control system adds a stop-and-go function; Hybrid and Electric Plus PHEV models gain an electric parking brake; the SmartSense safety/driver assist suite adds new functionality, including a driver attention warning, for certain trims, and some models add wireless smartphone charging.

The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq is already available in the company's U.S. dealerships; Hyundai Canada spokesperson Jean-Francois Taylor said the first Canadian-bound cars are being shipped here as you read this, and the company will reveal pricing "in the coming weeks."

 An updated style, faster charging, and plenty of new features, too 11/21/2019 3:29:09 PM