2019 Hyundai Ioniq Updated With New Active Safety Tech


New safety assists and upgraded infotainment features highlight the changes made to the 2019 Hyundai Hyundai Ioniq.

The electrified Hyundai Ioniq has been updated for the 2019 model year in the US, bringing new active safety tech and upgraded infotainment features. Arriving in dealerships this summer, the 2019 Hyundai Ioniq can now be equipped with Driver Attention Alert and High Beam Assist safety assists, while Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist, and Smart Cruise Control have been added to the SEL trim. Plug-in and Electric models also benefit from standard remote charge management via Blue Link.

In addition, models equipped with navigation now use "enhanced, natural-language, server-based voice-recognition technology with a new POI-search database supported by HERE" that highlights charging station locations for driver convenience. Otherwise, nothing else appears to have changed. Like last year’s model, the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue model delivers an estimated 58-mpg combined rating, which Hyundai points out is the highest rating of any non-plug-in vehicle sold in the US. In terms of powertrains, an electric motor provides an estimated 43 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque. Combined with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, the Ioniq Hybrid has a total output of 139 hp.

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The Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid, on the other hand, delivers an estimated all-electric range of 29 miles, 119 MPGe in EV mode, and 52 mpg in hybrid mode. A 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine produces 104 hp and 109 lb-ft of torque, while the 60-hp electric motor can operate at speeds up to 75 mph. Both the Ioniq Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid feature a six-speed EcoShift dual-clutch transmission. Opt for the Ioniq Electric, and you’ll get an estimated 136 MPGe, which is the highest efficiency rating of any electric vehicle sold in the US. A 28-kWh lithium-ion battery provides an estimated driving range of 124 miles, with the electric motor providing a maximum output of 118 hp and 218 lb-ft of torque. Expect pricing to be announced closer to its summer release.

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