Hyundai has revealed a fully-electric version of the Kona, which is claimed to be the first fully-electric subcompact SUV on the European market.
As for the design, the key differentiator is the closed grille which houses a port for charging. The dual-lamp set up where the LED Daytime Running Lights positioned on top of the LED headlights have been retained. Buyers get to choose from 7 exterior colors and a two-tone roof.
The Kona Electric is offered in two powertrain options. The short-range version packs a 99 kW (135 hp) motor that has a maximum torque of 395 Nm (291 lb-ft). The battery pack is a 39.2 kWh lithium-ion polymer, that is good for a range of 300 km/186 mi (internal target under WLTP regulations). Charging times with Standard (AC) is claimed to be 6 hrs and 10 minutes, with Quick Charge (DC) it takes approx. 54 min to get up to 80%. Hyundai claims an efficiency figure of 14.8 kWh/100 km.
As for the performance, the Short-range version can sprint from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.3 seconds and on to a top speed of 167 km/h (104 mph).
The Long-range version packs a 150 kW (204 hp) motor that also has a maximum torque of 395 Nm (291 lb-ft). The battery pack is a 64 kWh lithium-ion polymer, that is good for a range of up to 470 km/292 mi (WLTP). Charging times with Standard (AC) is 9 hrs and 40 minutes, with Quick Charge (DC) it takes approx. 54 min to get up to 80%. Here, Hyundai claims an efficiency figure of 15.2 kWh/100 km.
The Long-range version sprints from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.6 seconds and the top speed is the same 167 km/h (104 mph).
Features include an infotainment system with navigation, media and connectivity features such as Apple CarPlay & Android Auto as well as wireless charging. Other features include Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go which uses front radar sensors.
The new eco-model in Hyundai’s line-up is equipped with the company’s latest active safety and driving assistance technologies called ‘SmartSense’. It includes Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection; Blind Spot Collision Warning with Rear Cross Traffic Collision Warning; Lane Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Intelligent Speed Limit Warning, and Lane Following Assist.
Passive safety includes a total of 6 airbags (two front airbags, two side airbags and two curtain airbags from first to second row, protecting both driver and passengers).
Hyundai Motor is already leading in future mobility solutions. By launching our All-New Kona Electric, we are pushing our ambitious eco car strategy forward. It’s a car of no compromise – combining an SUV body type with electric-mobility. It represents Hyundai’s progressive character. With Hyundai Motor, the future is now! – Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President Marketing and Product at Hyundai Motor Europe