All-new Hyundai Kona Electric shown ahead of Geneva debut

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With a few days to go for its formal debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2018, Hyundai has exposed first images of the Kona electric SUV. The new Kona Electric will be Hyundai’s first fully-electric sub compact SUV for the Europe market and will bring the same design language from the conservative Kona. Hyundai will offer 2 electric powertrains for the Kona electric with a claimed travel range of close to 482kms for the larger battery. The new Kona electric will feature locked grille and a dedicated center console in the interior for intuitive process of the shift-by-wire gear control.

The front of the Kona electric is as powerful and expressive as the regular Kona with the closed grille increasing aerodynamics. Other enhancements contain the composite light, LED DRLs positioned on top of the LED headlamps and two-tone roof with option of 7 exterior colors. It also features a distinctive lamp bezel and front bumper. In profile, the short back overhangs and wing-type bumpers underline the forward motion, while the roof rack enhances the sleek roof line and has the option for mounting a roof carrier. It also features side sills, adding a marginally elegant touch to the Kona electric. At the back, the design from the front is chosen up at the back with the back bumper and a lamp bezel on the slim LED back lights. It also gets wrap-around claddings with integrated indicator and reversing lights, while the rear spoiler features an integrated LED brake light. The keen 17” alloy wheels is exclusive to the Kona electric. On the inside, the Kona electric features a new high-resolution 7-inch supervision cluster that displays different gauges, such as the speedometer, battery charge level, energy flow and driving mode to the driver. Depending on the selected drive mode, background color and gauges are adapted to provide the most useful information. The Kona electric also features Hyundai’s Smart Sense active safety and driving assistance technologies, which include cruise control, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning system with lane keep assist, blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert, driver attention warning and speed limit information function.

Now talking about the electric motors, as already mentioned, the Kona electric comes with two powertrain versions. The smaller 39.2 kW Lithium-ion Polymer battery pack can harvest 133 bhp of max power and 395 Nm of maximum torque and has a travel range of 299 kms. It can go from 0-100kmph in mere 9.3 seconds and takes about 6hrs 10 min to fully charge while quick charging takes about 54 minutes for 80 per cent charge. On the other hand, the larger 64 kW Lithium-ion Polymer battery pack can produce 201 bhp of max power and 395 Nm of highest torque and can attain a top speed of 167kmph. While it takes about 9hrs 40 min to charge on a standard charge, it can charge up to 80% in 54 minutes.