Hyundai Kona Electric revealed ahead of Geneva debutFebruary 27, 2018
Hyundai has issued the first pictures and details of the all-electric version of its Kona small SUV, ahead of the car’s debut at the Geneva Motor Show.
Called Kona Electric, the new model potentially offers the Korean manufacturer a USP against conventionally powered rivals like the SEAT Arona and Citroen C3 Aircross. The car sits 15mm higher than petrol-powered editions, but features a number of exterior styling cues to highlight its lack of a combustion engine; there’s a sleeker front grille area that incorporates a flap to cover the charging socket beside the Hyundai badge, for example.
Inside, the Kona Electric looks more like its regular stablemates, although there is a different centre console incorporating the controls for the car’s shift-by-wire system. As standard the car gets a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, offering both Android and Apple smartphone integration – but an upgraded eight-inch set-up will be available as an option. There’s also a head-up display that can show everything from speed and the fuel level to navigation instructions. The boot capacity is 373 litres – or 332 litres if you factor in space for cable storage.
The car will be offered with a choice of powertrains, each featuring a lithium-ion battery pack. There’s a short-range edition with a 39.2kWh battery that can travel up to 186 miles on a single charge; it features a 99kW electric motor with 395Nm, and can reach 62mph in 9.3 seconds en route to a top speed of 104mph.
Hyundai claims that the car’s battery pack is integrated into the Kona’s platform without encroaching upon interior space, meaning that the regular Kona’s luggage space is unchanged. Without the charge cable, the Kona Electric provides 373 litres, falling to 332 with the cable stowed. There’s additional storage space in the front of the car.
The Kona Electric’s lithium ion battery pack can be charged in as little as 54min to 80% capacity from a 100kW fast charger in long-range form, or 9hr 40min from a standard AC source. The same fast-charge time applies to the short range car, but the standard AC charge time falls to 6hr 10min.
There’s also a long-range 64kWh version that can manage 292 miles on one charge – despite having a more potent 150kW motor (also 395Nm) that can take the car from 0-62mph in 7.6 seconds.
The Kona Electric is expected on sale in the summer. There’s no word on pricing yet.
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