Hyundai Kona Electric SUV officially revealed and promises to combine both ample space with meaningful performance. Today the South Korean automaker announced its second all-electric vehicle that will make its debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
According to Hyundai, the Kona Electric will be available in short-range and long-range versions, with ranges of 186 miles or 292 miles per charge.
The short-range model will feature a 133-horsepower, 291-pound-foot electric motor mated to a 39.2-kWh lithium-ion battery. It can reach 62 mph in an okay 9.3 seconds.
The more expensive version will pack 201- horsepower, and will keep the same torque. Its larger lithium-ion battery has 64-kWh capacity that allows an estimated range of 292 miles. It will hit 0-62 time in 7.6 seconds.
The car offers a bunch of consumer tech including Android Auto, and wireless phone charging, Apple CarPlay, a heads-up display, and a 7-inch infotainment screen, and navigation. It also includes Hyundai’s SmartSense suite of active and passive safety systems along with automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, speed limit monitor, forward collision warning, rear cross traffic alert, a driver-attention monitor, and blind-spot monitoring.
The Kona Electric is longer (15mm) and taller (20mm) than the standard Kona. It boasts smoother front fascia with less contrasting body cladding. The charge port is positioned in the grille, beside the Hyundai logo. Inside the car, the shift lever is replaced with a cluster of buttons.
Hyundai has confirmed the Kona Electric for the Europe and South Korea market later this year, but it would not exactly reveal plans for a U.S. launch.