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Hyundai Ioniq gets refresh for 2020, including more EV range

The Hyundai Ioniq has undergone a significant upgrade for the 2020 model year.

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

Hyundai's fuel-efficient Ioniq sedan is getting a long list of improvements for the 2020 model year, including a range boost for its EV model.

There are new front and rear fascias in all models. The cars' headlamps, taillights, and daytime running lamps have been upgraded. Ioniq has a new mesh-type grille in its plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and hybrid (HV) variants. The Ioniq Electric gets a new pattern on its closed grille. New sill and wheel designs round out the exterior enhancements.

2020 Hyundai Ioniq front face grille EV Electric LED headlights wheels The Ioniq Electric has a unique grille.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

Hyundai will sell the car in two additional paint jobs - Stellar Silver and Electric Shadow.

Sold in Ioniq Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid and Electric variants, the model is the world's first car designed from the start to offer three electrified powertrains. Hyundai's Ioniq Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 58 mpg combined. The Ioniq Electric model has a new 38.3-kWh battery that has 36 percent more capacity giving drivers 170 miles of all-electric range. This is up from 124 miles in the 2019 model.

2020 Hyundai Ioniq exterior back rearview camera hidden Hyundai hides the Ioniq's rearview camera below the company's badge on the trunk.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

New for the 2020 model year, Ioniq models are all available with a 10.25-inch touch screen navigation system. There's a new center LCD information screen, upper and lower instrument panel, console upper cover, dark chrome instrument panel trim, touch screen climate controls, ambient lighting, and piano key controls.

The Ioniq Hybrid now comes with a standard 8-inch infotainment touch screen.

2020 Hyundai Ioniq interior screen shifter wheel Buyers can now get the 2020 Ioniq with a 10.25-inch infotainment screen.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

All Ioniq's come standard with the Hyundai SmartSense technology package, which includes forward collision avoidance assist, high beam assist, and driver attention warning.

Hyundai equips each model with a 10-year powertrain warranty. The Hyundai Lifetime Hybrid/Electric Battery Warranty ensures that if IONIQ's Hybrid/Electric lithium-ion-polymer battery ever needs replacement, Hyundai will replace the battery and cover recycling costs for the old battery pack free-of-charge to the original owner.

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Discontinued sedan

Volkswagen nixing Passat after 2022 model year

Racing Green Metallic is one of four exclusive colors for the car.

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After five decades on sale in the U.S., Volkswagen is pulling the plug on the midsize Passat. The explosion of SUVs' popularity and the need to shift production power to electric vehicles are behind the decision, which will take place after the 2022 model year. The cars have been built at the automaker's Chattanooga, TN plant since 2011, but the facility is being repurposed as VW's North American hub for electric vehicle assembly.

Volkswagen is giving the car one last hurrah, however, in the form of the Passat Limited Edition. The car features 18-inch wheels, LED headlights with an Advanced Front Lighting System, and an easy-open trunk. Inside, the cars come with sport seats wrapped in Vienna leather, memory seating, a Fender Premium Audio System, parking assistance, and parking sensors.


2022 Volkswagen Passat Limited Edition Each car gets a special model tag with its limited production number.Volkswagen


Only 1,973 of the cars will be built, and it will only be sold in four colors, each with its own limited production numbers that have special meaning for the Passat:

  • Aurora Red Metallic with Titan Black interior: 411 units to represent the original vehicle production code
  • Racing Green Metallic with Mauro Brown interior: 423 units to commemorate the Chattanooga 423 area code
  • Pure white with Mauro Brown interior: 524 units to signify the Chattanooga plant's May 24 opening date
  • Platinum Great Metallic with Titan Black interior: 615 units to signify six generations of imported Passats, one generation assembled in Chattanooga, and five decades of U.S. sales

Pricing for the 2022 Passat starts at $31,290, which includes a $995 destination fee. Adding Aurora Red Metallic drives the price up by an additional $395. Each car will receive a special number plate to designate its place in the limited production run.


2022 Volkswagen Passat Limited Edition The Passat Limited Edition gets several upscale features. Volkswagen

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New compact pickup truck

Hyundai announces pricing for Santa Cruz pickup

It's small, but the Santa Cruz can do plenty of truck stuff like the big guys.

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Looking at American trucks over the years, it's hard to ignore their growing size and price, but 2021 might just be the year that bucks that trend. Earlier in the year, Ford announced the compact Maverick pickup truck, and after months of rumors, Hyundai did the same. The Santa Cruz will be a small unibody pickup designed in California and built in Alabama. Today, the automaker announced pricing for the upcoming vehicle.

Pricing for the Santa Cruz starts at $23,990, which after the $1,185 destination charge comes to $25,175. That reasonable sum buys the base SE trim, which comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. Hyundai estimates that the base engine produces 190 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque, while the available turbocharged 2.5-liter engine makes 275 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque.

Other standard features include:


2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz The Santa Cruz rides on a unibody frame, which gives it a better ride than most trucks.Hyundai


  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • LED taillights
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Rear occupant alerts
  • Driver attention warnings
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Speed limit warnings
  • Leading vehicle departure alerts

Despite its size and unibody construction, the Santa Cruz does offer traditional truck capabilities. With the base engine on board, the vehicle is rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds, and with the turbocharged engine that number increases to 5,000 pounds. The unibody setup also gives the Santa Cruz a more car-like ride and handling, which improves comfort. It's a configuration that is also used by the Honda Ridgeline and the upcoming Ford Maverick pickups.


2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz The Santa Cruz has a useful bed that can be configured a few ways.Hyundai


Hyundai started building the Santa Cruz at its Montgomery, Alabama factory in June. The automaker says that its production will eventually add 1,200 jobs to the facility, and notes that the vehicle will go on sale sometime later this summer. We're heading out to drive the new Santa Cruz in early August, so stay tuned for a first-drive review in a few weeks.

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