Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai has unveiled the first electric SUV on the market, the Hyundai Kona Electric, which offers up to 470 km of range.

Hyundai has taken the other manufacturers by surprise by unveiling the first urban electric SUV derived from Kona. The Hyundai Kona Electric stands out from the thermal versions by a grille now closed that incorporates the charging socket , a chrome strip under the daytime running lights across the width of the small SUV, chrome sills and a new shield to the improved aerodynamics . Less aggressive, the Kona becomes pleasing to the eye.

Inside, the disappearance of the shift lever brings up a center console similar to that of the Nexo and the instrumentation block goes digital with a 7-inch screen .

The equipment is complete with a navigation and infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the head-up display, a charging system for induction smartphones, an 8-speaker Krell audio system and a heated steering wheel. .

The main novelty is of course under the hood with the presence of an electric motor, two electric motors to choose from: a first engine of 99 kW (135 hp) and a second 150 kW (204 hp) . The two blocks develop a torque of 395 Nm and allow to reach a maimal speed of 167 km / h . Side accelerations, the plutt small engine allows the Kona to achieve the 0 to 100 9.3 s and the most powerful in 7.6 s. Average values, because the search for performance was not the goal.

The fatal weapon of Kona is its autonomy. If the basic version offers a running range of 300 km with its battery of 39.2 kWh , the most powerful version offers the luxury of a battery of 64 kWh which gives the Hyundai Kona Electric a range of 470 km in WLTP cycle .

Hyundai announces a recharge time of 6 h 10 for the 30.2 kW battery and 9 h 40 for the 64 kW battery on a standard outlet. On a fast setting, 80% of the battery is rechargeable in 54 minutes in both cases.

On the driver’s side, Kona Electric is refueling: adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, active lane maintenance assistance (standard), detection of driver fatigue, recognition of speed limitation signs and help in maintaining the path.

Hyundai has not yet detailed pricing and no commercialization date has been announced yet. We should know more at the Geneva Motor Show.

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