In a bid to meet the demand for zero-emissions crossovers, Hyundai has rolled out their own take on electrifying the most versatile vehicle segment. The Kona Electric comes in two versions to allow Hyundai to cater to a wide range of customers for their new electrified crossover.
First up is the base version which comes with 134 PS from a 39.2 kWh battery that allows for a range of 300 km on one charge. Pair that power figure with 395 Nm of torque and the entry-level Kona Electric can sprint from 0 - 100 km/h in 9.3 seconds. The step-up from the standard version gives you 202 PS from a 64 kWh battery as well as a sizeable bump in range – 470km per charge to be exact.
With the added power, 0-100 km/h is done with in 7.6 seconds. The range figures were taken using the new Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP), a new standard which is widely considered as more relevant than the outgoing New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).
With the batteries fully drained, Hyundai says it’ll take the standard version 6 hours and 10 minutes to fully charge the 39.2 kWh battery pack. The premium version on the other hand will take 9 hours and 40 minutes to be fully topped up. For those in a hurry, Hyundai says their 100kW DC quick charger will have the Kona reach 80% in roughly 54 minutes. Thanks to the integrated battery packs, the Kona does not sacrifice cabin space to make way for batteries. A total of 373 liters worth of space can be used in the back, but with the quick charger cable that number decreases to 332 liters.
Overall styling carries over from the conventional Kona, but with this being electric there are a few subtle changes. First off the grill is closed shut considering no air needs to flow through any cooling cores in an EV. A more aerodynamic front bumper is in place as well, with this new piece having ‘lateral air curtains’ to reduce turbulence in the wheel arches.
The rest of the body gets mildly improved aero flow thanks to silver side-sills and a mildly modified rear wing. Lastly, the Kona Electric gets its own set of 17-inch alloys to distinguish itself from the internal combustion models.
Taking center stage in the interior is a seven-inch display, with 8-way power front seats allowing for full adjustment for both driver and passenger. The driver even gets extra lumbar support adjustment to find the perfect driving position.
The Hyundai Kona is set to be displayed at the Geneva Motor Show beginning March 6