The All-New KONA EV
Added: 01 November 2018
Hyundai’s fully-electric subcompact SUV enters the market with an outstanding driving range, appealing design and advanced safety features.
Kona Electric is the latest electrified model from Hyundai, joining both the IONIQ family and the all-new NEXO as the brand drives towards 18 new electrified models by 2025. It brings the very latest in battery electric powertrain and connected technology, with an impressive driving range of up to 300 miles, all packaged up in an evolution of the Kona’s striking exterior design.
"Hyundai Motor is already leading in future mobility. By launching our all-new electric SUV, we are pushing our ambitious eco car strategy forward. Kona Electric, which went on sale on our Click to Buy website on August 2, has already attracted a phenomenal level of interest from customers and it has already been recognised as the best affordable electric car by Auto Express."
Tony WhitehornPresident and CEO Hyundai Motor UK
"With the 64kWh offering a potential 300 mile range, KONA Electric not only appeals to customers who are already familiar with battery electric technology but perhaps more importantly, will enable some customers to take the step into electric vehicles by not only removing range anxiety but by doing so with a stylish, technically advanced and affordable package."
Tony WhitehornPresident and CEO Hyundai Motor UK
Established SUV brand with a progressive mindset
The all-new Kona Electric is the latest addition to the successful Hyundai family, reinforcing the company’s leadership in the eco-car segment. It merges the strengths of SUV with the benefits of electric propulsion. Hyundai is the first automotive brand in Europe to make a fully-electric subcompact SUV available to everyone. By already offering the broadest range of powertrains, Hyundai is at the forefront of eco-mobility. The company marketed the first mass-produced fuel-cell vehicle, the ix35 Fuel Cell, and is now launching the second-generation fuel-cell vehicle, the all-new NEXO.
The success story of Hyundai’s SUV range began 17 years ago with the launch of the Santa Fe. Since 2001, Hyundai has sold more than 1.6 million SUVs in Europe. They all carry the dynamic, progressive style of Hyundai and make it an established brand in this still-growing segment.
A car of no compromise
The all-new Kona Electric enables customers to combine the two fastest growing automotive trends – electrification and SUV style. It carries the same expressive design and 'go-anywhere' attitude of the regular Kona. The fully-electric version reflects the individual lifestyle of modern customers, who benefit from fun-to-drive dynamics and the low environmental impact of a zero-emissions car. The completely new platform of the Kona enables a space-saving integration of the battery packs without compromising the roominess.
The power of all-new Kona Electric
The all-new Kona Electric is available in two different powertrain versions. The long-range battery version provides a driving range of 300 miles (WLTP), delivering a maximum output of 204 PS (150 kW). With 395 Nm of immediate torque and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds, the all-new Kona Electric provides a fun-to-drive experience.
With a battery capacity of 39.2 kWh, the standard version can drive 194 miles (WLTP)* on a single charge, with the motor delivering 136 PS (100 kW) and 395 Nm of torque.
The all-new Kona Electric adopts the expressive-looking and powerful front from the regular Kona. The key design differentiator is the closed grille which gives a clean and stylish appearance, while also enhancing aerodynamics. Another characteristic element of the front design is the Composite Light, enhancing the visual impact with the LED daytime running lights positioned on top of the LED headlights. The Kona Electric’s optional two-tone roof and the choice of six distinctive exterior colours underline the personal style of its driver.
Electric drive feeling
A special feature of the all-new Kona Electric is the shift-by-wire operation module which enables an intuitive operation of the electric powertrain. The adjustable regenerative braking system allows the driver to adjust the intensity of the regenerative braking by using the paddle shifts behind the steering wheel. The system recuperates additional energy whenever possible. Keeping the left paddle held, the driver can even bring the vehicle to a full stop – without using the brake pedal. In combination with the radar sensor, the smart regenerative braking system will even automatically control the regenerative braking in accordance to the traffic ahead.
Connected and caring
The all-new Kona Electric offers a wide range of connectivity features, such as the infotainment system which integrates navigation, media and connectivity features – including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as Wireless Charging. The new eco-model in Hyundai’s line-up is equipped with the company’s latest active safety and driving assistance technologies, called SmartSense. These include Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Recognition (AEB), Blind Spot Detection (BSD) including Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Lane Keep Assist (LKA), Driver Attention Alert, Speed Limit Indicator Function and Lane Follow Assist (LFA).
Drivers also benefit from the large 7-inch supervision cluster, which displays key information about the car’s driving performance and, in addition, the combined head-up display shows relevant driving information directly in the driver’s line-of-sight.