The South Korean Automaker also commits to more eco-focused models.
Hyundai is on an absolute tear at the moment, particularly when it comes to its smaller vehicles. Having announced the price of its tiny crossover, the Venue, the South Korean carmaker has revealed that the all-electric Hyundai Ioniq car has got a massive boost in range for the 2020 model year.
According to the new EPA ratings, its range is now 170 miles - an improvement of 37 percent over the 2017, 2018, and 2019 model years. At the same time, the Ioniq remains one of the most efficient cars in the industry, matching Tesla's Model 3.
To reach its 170-mile range figure, the Ioniq's battery has been improved from 28 kWh in capacity to 38.3 kWh. The MPGe has taken a hit by a few miles, with 141 city and 121 highway swapped for the previous model years 150 city and 122 highway MPGe. We still don't have a price for 2020, but we do expect the refreshed Ioniq to be a little more expensive than the current EV model year's $30,315 price tag.
As this news landed, Hyundai has also announced that it will be increasing its eco-focused vehicle product lines to 13 by 2022. The company used the term "alternatively fueled," in its press release, so it will no doubt include hybrid versions of existing vehicles.
The 2020 Ioniq spearheads the eco-thrust, and we'll see the refresh in person at the 2019 LA Auto Show later this month. Hyundai has also confirmed a new Sonata Hybrid model next year. According to Hyundai, the Sonata Hybrid and the three versions (hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery-electric) of the refreshed Ioniq are part of the 13 eco-focused product lines. That leaves nine vehicles we don't know about at the moment. The Kona will get a refresh in 2020 or 2021, so Hyundai is probably counting that. Whether there will be any all-new vehicles or not, we'll have to wait and see.