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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."