The Hyundai Kona was a small SUV released overseas in June 2017. It has quickly made itself a success in the small SUV market. Available in a 1.0 litre and a 1.6-litre T-GDI version, as well as a 2.0-litre MPI petrol and 1.6 litre U-Line diesel, this family of vehicles will be joined in 2018 by a battery-electric model.
With the electric version of the Kona due to hit Australia in 2019, this guide will give you the rundown on the Kona EV, telling you everything you need to know about the greenest new addition to the popular Hyundai line.
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The Hyundai Kona Electric Car: Explained
The new Kona is wholly electric. It derives its power from an LG battery; the Korean electrical company have crafted a 64kW battery for use within the Kona, up from an originally reported size of 40kW. The range of Kona could be up to 500 kilometres, but the key specs are yet to be released.
Hyundai Kona: Specs & Key Details
|Hyundai Kona Electric 2017|
|Table last updated March 2018|
|Release date & availability||End of 2018|
|0-100 km/h||N/A||7.6 seconds|
|Drivetrain||150kW motor||150kW motor|
|Charging||100kW fast charging||100kW fast charging|
Safety features in the existing Kona range include the following – and we’d expect these to make it to the electric version too:
- Comprehensive airbag coverage, helping the vehicle to achieve a 5-star ANCAP safety test rating
- Tyre pressure monitoring system – also known as TPMS
- Driver Attention Warning – or DAW – which prompts drivers to take a break if required
- Blind Spot Collision Warning – or BCW – and Forward Collision Avoidance Assist – FCA
- High Beam Assist – HBA – and Lane Keeping Assist – LKA.
- Rear Cross Traffic Collision Warning – RCCW
- Rear view camera
The Hyundai Kona Model Family
On initial release, the Hyundai Kona EV will likely be available in two trim levels, based on the size of the battery under the bonnet.
Hyundai Kona EV 40kW
The standard model of the Kona EV will feature only a 40kW battery, which will significantly limit the range and horsepower the vehicle is able to achieve. There was some anxiety that this would be the only option available to buyers, but Hyundai have since confirmed that a larger option will also be available.
This 40kW option is suitable for city driving and short local trips, but for a greater distance capability, buyers can opt for the larger 64kW model.
Hyundai Kona EV 64kW
This is the model which is exciting both EV fans and newcomers to the market. This is the version which is expected to be able to achieve up to 470 Kilometres on a single charge, with a power rating of 204 horsepower.
For a greater range and faster charging, the 64kW option is the better choice.
When can I get my hands on the Hyundai Kona EV, and how much will it cost?
The vehicle is expected to hit dealerships in its native South Korea this April, with a staggered release following across the rest of the world.
While some nations will have to wait until 2019 to finally be able to drive the new Kona EV, Australians may be able to get their hands on the vehicle before the end of 2018, possibly in the final quarter.
Hyundai have announced that the Kona EV will be joined by as many of 14 other electric Hyundai models in the coming years.
We can expect to pay around $50,000 for the Kona EV when it is released.
2018 Hyundai Kona Video Review
* Supplementary images courtesy of Hyundai.com.