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Hyundai unveils electrified Kona compact SUV with 292-mile range

Hyundai unveils electrified Ko...
The Kona Electric comes in two powertrain options
The Kona Electric comes in two powertrain options
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The Kona Electric wears a slightly different face to its fossil fuel-powered forefather
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The Kona Electric wears a slightly different face to its fossil fuel-powered forefather
The Kona Electric comes in two powertrain options
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The Kona Electric comes in two powertrain options
There's no word yet on whether the Kona Electric will be hitting markets outside Europe
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There's no word yet on whether the Kona Electric will be hitting markets outside Europe
The Kona Electric wears a slightly different face to its fossil fuel-powered forefather
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The Kona Electric wears a slightly different face to its fossil fuel-powered forefather
The Kona Electric comes in two powertrain options
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The Kona Electric comes in two powertrain options
Inside the Kona Electric, there's a 7-inch center touchscreen display that connects with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
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Inside the Kona Electric, there's a 7-inch center touchscreen display that connects with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
View from the Kona Electric's driver's seat
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View from the Kona Electric's driver's seat
Inside the Kona Electric, there's a 7-inch center touchscreen display that connects with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
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Inside the Kona Electric, there's a 7-inch center touchscreen display that connects with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
There's no word yet on whether the Kona Electric will be hitting markets outside Europe
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There's no word yet on whether the Kona Electric will be hitting markets outside Europe

Hyundai is forging ahead with its push into the EV arena, following a fully-electrified Ioniq lineup and electric bus with an emission-free version of last year's Kona compact SUV. The Kona Electric wears a slightly different face to its fossil fuel-powered forefather, along with a cabin that has been reimagined in line with its electric powertrain.

At first glance the Kona Electric appears much the same as the original, but look a little closer and you'll spot a closed grille, which you could say gives it a neater look, and Hyundai says gives it better aerodynamics.

Behind that grille the Kona Electric comes in two powertrain options. The long-range version has a max power output of 204 PS (150 kW) and affords up to 470 km (292 mi) of driving on each charge thanks to a 64-kWh battery pack. It accelerates from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.6 seconds. Meanwhile, the base model offers up to 300 km (186 mi) on each charge with a 39.2-kWh battery and max output of 135 PS (99 kW). It goes from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.3 seconds.

Inside the Kona Electric, there's a 7-inch center touchscreen display that connects with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Inside the Kona Electric, there's a 7-inch center touchscreen display that connects with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Inside, there's a new shift-by-wire module, 7-inch center touchscreen display that connects with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with a heads-up display flanked by paddle shifters that drivers can use to adjust the intensity of the regenerative braking. Also onboard are Hyundai's driver-assist technologies, including pedestrian detection, forward collision avoidance, lane keeping assist and blind spot collision warning.

There's no word yet on pricing or if the Kona Electric will be hitting markets outside Europe, though given the worldwide popularity of SUVs we'd expect it to. Hyundai will be showing off its new compact SUV at the Geneva Motor Show next week, where New Atlas will be on the ground looking to learn more.

Source: Hyundai

3 comments
MikeRyanc95317ae2315443b
This is great and I would love to see these over here in Canada. One question, how much will one of these tow? You see living in the country one of the things I do is take a utility trailer full of stuff to the dump two or three times a year and if I can't to this, then why am I bothering with an E-SUV? Remember the second letter of SUV stands for Utility.
schmoe90
The European range guess (292 miles on 64kW) are getting better, but still sound optimistic, based on the Bolt getting 238 miles on 60kW.
notfromthisplanet
I heard its not coming to the US in the immediate future - Can public pressure induce Hyundai to change its mind?