December 13, 2018

Hyundai Unveils The Ioniq Electric Range For Australian Market

Hyundai Ioniq Electric
Hyundai Ioniq Electric

Hyundai has revealed its triple attack on Australia’s ‘green-vehicle’ market with the release of the Ioniq range.

Choices for customers are a pure EV, a petrol/electric Hybrid and a Plug-in model, each with two trim levels, Elite and Premium.

The Ioniq Electric has an 88kW, 295Nm synchronous motor and high-voltage 28kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. There is 100kW DC fast-charging capability and Hyundai says the EV is good for a real-world driving range of 230km.

For charging, the Ioniq Electric can plug-in to a standard household socket, as well as into an AC charging station, or a specialised 100kW DC fast-charging station. Using a commercial 100kW DC fast charging station the EV can be charged up to 80 percent in as little as 23 minutes (or in 30 minutes when connected to a 50kW fast charging station).

A 6.6kW home charging station can be installed that can fully charge the EV in 4 hours 25 minutes. The standard In-Cable Control Box (ICCB) in the boot of every Ioniq Electric allows the battery to be charged via any household 240V AC outlet. It takes approximately 12 hours to reach full charge from zero.

The Ioniq Plug-in comes with a 44.5kW, 170Nm synchronous motor and a range-extending 1.6-litre GDi Atkinson cycle petrol engine/dual-clutch automatic combination that Hyundai says will deliver 1.1l/100km fuel economy. On electric-only power, 63km is achievable from the 8.9kWh li-ion polymer battery.

The Ioniq Hybrid has a petrol/electric powertrain that teams a 1.56kWh battery and 32kW, 170Nm synchronous motor with the 1.6-litre GDi Atkinson cycle petrol engine and dual-clutch automatic to provide 3.4L/100km fuel economy.

As can be expected in new cars these days, the Ioniq range comes with a smorgasbord of hi-tech and safety goodies.

Standard across the range is Hyundai’s SmartSense suite, offering Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Blind-Spot Collision Warning, Driver Attention Warning, Lane Keeping Assist – Line, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning, Electronic Stability Control with Vehicle Stability Management, LED Daytime Running Lights, Emergency Stop Signal, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Rear view camera & park assist system, and Smart Cruise Control.

Inside, the Ioniq range adopts an 8.0-inch colour touchscreen multimedia system integrated into the dashboard. The new system features a host of connectivity means, such as Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, and iPod-compatible AUX and USB sockets. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.

The supervision cluster displays a range of trip computer information, as well as system status and visual alerts from SmartSense and other safety systems. The cluster can also present turn-by-turn directions from the satellite navigation system.

Hybrid and Plug-in Elite variants feature a 4.2-inch TFT LCD colour display, and Hybrid and Plug-in Premium variants and all Electric variants feature a high definition 7.0-inch TFT LCD colour display incorporating a virtual speedometer/tachometer.

In keeping with the ‘green’ nature of the range, the interior of the Ioniq has some interesting features. Sugar cane by-products contribute to 25 per cent of the soft-touch door trim panels, while recycled plastic, powdered wood and volcanic stone make up 10 per cent of the sustainable plastics used for other interior surfaces. Bio-fabrics comprising 20 per cent sugar cane by-products are also used to manufacture the headlining and carpet.

Charcoal cloth seat trim features in Ioniq Elite, with a unique honeycomb pattern for Ioniq Electric. Charcoal leather trim is included in Ioniq Premium.

Hyundai says the Ioniq has benefitted from an Australian-specific localisation tuning program, developed over thousands of kilometres of driving on a variety of uniquely Australian road surfaces.

“The new Hyundai Ioniq marks the opening of an exciting new chapter for our company,” said Mr JW Lee, Hyundai Motor Company Australia Chief Executive Officer. “2019 Ioniq makes responsive and eco-friendly electrified driving accessible to a wide range of customers, in an attractive and user-friendly compact package featuring comprehensive standard safety and locally tuned comfort and chassis dynamics, with the peace of mind of our five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty and Lifetime Service Plan.”

The customer care program offers a suite of owner benefits including: Lifetime Service Plan, 5 Year Unlimited Km Warranty, complimentary Roadside Assist for 12 months on new vehicles 1,500km complimentary first service, a dedicated Customer Care Centre, myHyundai – exclusive owner website and customer events. When servicing with Hyundai, customers will also receive a 10 Year Sat Nav Update Plan, a Roadside Support Plan for up to 10 years and more.

The Ioniq range high-voltage battery warranty extends for 8 years or 160,000 kilometres.

Pricing

  • Hybrid Elite $33,990
  • Hybrid Premium $38,990
  • Plug-In Elite $40,990
  • Plug-In Premium $45,490
  • Electric Elite $44,990