Hyundai’s brand-new subcompact Kona Electric will provide to 292 miles of all-electric range with the energy of a crossover that purchasers increasingly are seeking. This little electrical 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 option for eco-minded drivers.
With sporty appearances, really just like the gasoline-powered 2018 Kona set to arrive here this spring, the only major appearance changes for Kona Electric are a closed front grille and silver side sills. Another hint to its EV mission is the charging port located in the front fascia beside the Hyundai logo design, simply below the headlight on the chauffeur’s side. Like the Kona, the Kona Electric is offered with a two-tone roofing system, using a way to customize styling.
The Kona Electric will be used with two, lithium-ion polymer battery alternatives with a bigger 64-kilowatt hour battery supplying up to 292 miles of electric range. The base Kona EV will have a 39.2-kilowatt hour battery delivering a range of about 186 miles.
With instant torque from its front-mounted 200-horsepower electric motor, the Kona Electric with the bigger battery pack accelerates from zero to 62 miles per hour in simply 7.6 seconds. The standard Kona EV is fitted with a 130-horse motor and it accelerates to 62 mph in 9.3 seconds.
The interior passes up a standard shifter and instead features a push button shift-by-wire system. This setup releases space in the center console for storage beneath. Kona Electric also has an adjustable regenerative braking system that a motorist can manage by means of paddle shifters behind the steering wheel.
A 7-inch TFT screen instrument cluster functions as the switchboard of the Kona EV, showcasing the speedometer, battery charge level, energy flow and driving mode. The electric SUV also features a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen system with a rear-view video camera in the center of the dash, while an 8-inch screen with navigation is optional.
Leather seats are available and a heated steering wheel is a choice. A head-up screen and the Korean car manufacturer’s SmartSense security and driving assistance package consists of forward collision avoidance help with pedestrian detection and rear cross traffic collision warning.
The automaker has actually promised to bring eight brand-new or revamped crossovers to the United States market by 2020, consisting of the Kona, models powered by electrical power, fuel cells and diesel, plus an A-segment model and a midsize crossover. Rates for Kona Electric was not revealed. A base gasoline-powered Kona in the United States starts at just under $21,000 including delivery.