The Hyundai Ioniq Electric is also expected to get an update soon.
The Hyundai Ioniq has only been on sale for a couple of years, and after selling 60,000 units worldwide in that short time, the Korean automaker has already updated the electrified sedan with sleeker styling and new tech to maintain the sales momentum.
On the outside, the new Ioniq Hybrid now features Hyundai's iconic cascading mesh grill as well as redesigned front and rear bumpers, giving the car a more refined look. The optional LED headlights and taillights have also been redesigned to improve the car's aesthetics and safety. In addition, three more colors are available: Fluidic Metal, Electric Shadow and Liquid Sand, bringing the total number of paint options up to eight.
Inside, the interior has been updated with new convenience features including an optional 10.25-inch display available for the infotainment system, which Hyundai says is a first of its class. It displays a wide variety of information and features voice recognition as part of the Bluelink telematics services, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Hyundai Live Services. Below the screen, the control panel for the heating and climate control has been redesigned and sports a sleek, glossy finish.
All versions of the updated Ioniq are equipped with Hyundai's comprehensive SmartSense technology package as standard, which includes collision-avoidance assist, lane keep assist, and driver attention warning.
The new Ioniq is also equipped with the world's first "Green-zone Drive Mode," which automatically switches the vehicle's driving module in designated areas to run on fully electric power. Taking its cues from its stylish Kona SUV sibling, the 2019 Ioniq adopts one-pedal driving capability and Smart Regenerative Braking similar to Nissan's e-Pedal; Utility Mode, which allows the use of onboard functions even while the vehicle is switched off; and Eco+ Mode, for extending remaining energy during emergency situations.
No powertrain updates were mentioned, so we assume the 2019 Ioniq will still offer a 105-hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder and 60-hp electric motor. An updated Ioniq Electric will also be revealed soon and is expected to have a slightly longer range. Hyundai says the 2019 Ioniq Hybrid will arrive in Europe in the second half of 2019 but hasn't said when we can expect it to go on sale in the US.