Hyundai Kona Electric SUV has made its global debut days before the beginning of the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Hyundai had unveiled the Kona compact SUV as a concept last year. The Hyundai Kona Electric is being hailed as a game changer with a total claimed range of 470-500 km on one full charge measured by the new WLTP cycle. The electric Kona comes with 40 kWh and 60 kWh battery packs. With the electric Kona, Hyundai has become "the first automotive brand across Europe to make an all-electric compact SUV available to everyone". Hyundai claims to be "at the forefront of eco-mobility, already offering the broadest range of powertrains", combining the hottest automotive trends in the world today – electric powertrains and SUVs.
The electric Kona is quite similar to its standard combustion engine version, with a little exception of the radiator grille, which has been replaced by a closed panel accommodating the charging point. The lack of an exhaust has also led to a change in the design of the rear bumper of the Hyundai Kona Electric.
Hyundai Kona Electric will be available with two battery packs - a long-range version with a 64 kWh battery that delivers 204 hp propelling it from 0-100 km/h in 7.6 seconds and range of about 470 km and a basic version with a 39 kWh battery that delivers 135 hp and 395 Nm of torque with a 300 km of range.
The all-new Hyundai Kona Electric will also feature Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, which will optimise accelerating and braking performance. If traffic comes to a halt, the Stop & Go system applies the brake until the car comes to a standstill and accelerates to the desired speed as soon as the road is clear. It will get a seven-inch digital instrument cluster.
The All-New Kona Electric offers a wide range of connectivity features, such as the infotainment system which integrates navigation, media and connectivity features, e.g. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as Wireless Charging.
With styling based on the standard Kona, the Kona Electric will come with full LED headlamps and 17" alloy wheels. Hyundai claims that the 64 kWh battery can be charged up to 80% in less than one hour.
Hyundai will offer the Kona ELectric in 21 different colour combinations and additional arrangements to carry a load on the roof. Hyundai has also announced that by 2020, 60% of its cars in Europe will be eco cars.