Hyundai’s new subcompact Kona Electric will provide to 292 miles of all-electric range with the energy of a crossover that buyers progressively are looking for. This little electric SUV for Europe debuted at the Geneva Motor Show and is expected in the United States market. The Kona just could be the mainstream SUV alternative for eco-minded motorists.
With sporty appearances, extremely much like the gasoline-powered 2018 Kona set to show up here this spring, the only significant look changes for Kona Electric are a closed front grille and silver side sills. Another clue to its EV objective is the charging port situated in the front fascia beside the Hyundai logo, simply listed below the headlight on the driver’s side. Like the Kona, the Kona Electric is readily available with a two-tone roof, offering a method to personalize styling.
The Kona Electric will be provided with two, lithium-ion polymer battery alternatives with a larger 64-kilowatt hour battery offering up to 292 miles of electrical range. The base Kona EV will have a 39.2-kilowatt hour battery providing a range of about 186 miles.
With immediate torque from its front-mounted 200-horsepower electric motor, the Kona Electric with the larger battery pack speeds up from absolutely no to 62 mph in just 7.6 seconds. The standard Kona EV is fitted with a 130-horse motor and it speeds up to 62 mph in 9.3 seconds.
The interior forgoes a standard shifter and instead features a push button shift-by-wire system. This setup frees space in the center console for storage below. Kona Electric also has an adjustable regenerative braking system that a driver can control through paddle shifters behind the guiding wheel.
A 7-inch TFT screen instrument cluster serves as the switchboard of the Kona EV, showcasing the speedometer, battery charge level, energy circulation and driving mode. The electrical SUV also features a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen system with a rear-view camera in the center of the dash, while an 8-inch screen with navigation is optional.
Leather seats are readily available and a heated steering wheel is an alternative. A head-up display and the Korean car manufacturer’s SmartSense safety and driving assistance bundle includes forward accident avoidance help with pedestrian detection and rear cross traffic accident warning.
The automaker has actually promised to bring eight brand-new or revamped crossovers to the U.S. market by 2020, including the Kona, models powered by electrical power, fuel cells and diesel, plus an A-segment model and a midsize crossover. Pricing for Kona Electric was not revealed. A base gasoline-powered Kona in the U.S. starts at simply under $21,000 including delivery.