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South Korean automaker Hyundai has revealed the Kona Electric ahead of its debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The Kona Electric is a subcompact SUV and the second EV from the stable of Hyundai. The overall design of the Kona Electric is identical to the conventional Kona and offers a driving range of 469km for the bigger battery pack.
The front fascia of the Hyundai Kona Electric is similar to the regular model but features a closed grille to enhance aerodynamics. Other design elements include sleek LED headlights and DRLs, unique lamp bezel and a redesigned bumper. The charging port is right next to the Hyundai logo on the front grille.
The side profile of the Kona Electric features a sleek roofline, new 17-inch alloy wheels exclusive for Kona Electric and black plastic cladding which adds to the rugged look of the electric SUV. The rear profile of the Kona Electric sports a spoiler with integrated brake light, slim LED lights, wraparound cladding with indicator and reverse light and shark fin antenna.
The interior of the Kona Electric features a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, digital instrument cluster, heated and ventilated front seats and an optional heated steering wheel. The electric SUV also comes with numerous driving aids such as cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot detection, speed limit information and much more.
Hyundai Kona Electric will be offered in two variants. One with a shorter range 39.2 kW battery and the other with a longer range 64kW battery. The 39.2kW Lithium-ion Polymer battery pack comes with a power output of 133bhp and 395Nm of torque and offers a driving range of 299km. The battery can be fully charged in 6 hours 10 minutes, whereas the quick charge takes just 54 minutes to charge up to 80 percent.
The bigger 64kW Lithium-ion Polymer battery pack produces 201bhp and 395Nm of torque with a driving range of 469km. The battery takes 9 hours 40 minutes to be fully charged, but with quick charging support, it takes 54 minutes to be charged up to 80 percent. With the bigger battery, the electric SUV can hit a top speed of 167km/h.
DriveSpark's Thoughts On The Hyundai Kona Electric
The Kona Electric is the first subcompact electric SUV for the European market. The Kona Electric is also one of the products considered for India, and it could be the first electric vehicle from the stable of the South Korean automaker to hit the Indian shores.With an excellent driving range and performance, the Kona electric could be a hit in the global market.