Two months ago, Hyundai officially revealed the refreshed 2021 Kona. Featuring a more aggressive design, the B-segment crossover definitely looks more dashing than the outgoing model that is currently sold in the country. The same goes for its interior which can now have a dual monitor display for the instrument panel, and the bigger touchscreen infotainment.
With global markets set to receive the updated Kona by the end of 2020, it looks like we won't have to wait too long until it arrives in the Philippines. But what about the Kona Electric? Well, we might be getting it too as Hyundai recently revealed the updated EV model.
Like the standard Kona, the Electric gets a fresh face. No longer does it come with a faux front grille design. Instead, the electric crossover now has a sleeker 'grille-less' design. It also gets new LED headlights, and thinner LED daytime running lights. Also new on the Kona EV is the asymmetrical charging port. We're not entirely sure about its design, but Hyundai claims that it 'makes for a strong statement about driving electric'.
The rear, on the other hand, remains relatively the same as before. The only things that Hyundai changed are the rear bumper, and the lights mounted on the bumper itself. Topping the exterior changes are the turbine-style alloy wheels that further give the Kona EV a sportier appearance.
As for the Kona Electric's interior, it gets a relatively subtle refresh. The three-spoke steering wheel, digital instrument cluster, and ergonomic center console remain on the electric crossover. What's new, however, is the 10.25-inch touchscreen system. Available as an option over the standard 8-inch screen, it supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Hyundai's BlueLink, and LIVE services, as well as intelligent voice control.
Under the hood, the 2021 Kona Electric is powered by an electric motor that is available with either 136 PS or 204 PS. In terms of torque, both deliver 395 Nm of pull. The basic version has a 39.2 kWh battery pack which allows it to sprint from 0 – 100 km/h in 9.9 seconds. Meanwhile, the more powerful version comes with a 64 kWh battery pack that allows it to go from 0 – 100 km/h in only 7.9 seconds.
The 39.2 kWh version gives the Kona EV a maximum cruising range of 305 km. Meanwhile, the 64 kWh battery pack provides the crossover with 484 km of range. With the standard 7.2kW onboard charger, the standard Kona EV can be recharged to 100% in 6 hours (9 hours and 15 mins with the 64kWh version).
With Europe set to have the 2021 Kona EV by the end of the year, could the Philippines get it as well in the future? With Hyundai Philippines previously launching it last year during the Manila International Auto Show, there is a good chance Hyundai might offer the Kona Electric once more. Why did we say 'once more'? Well, the Kona Electric is no longer listed on Hyundai Philippines' website - meaning it might have been quietly discontinued.
Should Hyundai PH bring the Kona Electric back, we're hoping it gets the more powerful 64 kWh battery pack that delivers 204 PS and 395 Nm of torque.