Hyundai Kona Electric Has 204 Horses And Up To 292 Miles Of Range

Hyundai has unveiled the zero-emissions version of the Kona, making it the first electric sub-compact SUV to be offered in Europe.

The new Hyundai Kona Electric will be available with two different powertrain configurations: the basic model will be powered by a 135PS electric motor that’s fed by a 39.2kWh battery pack, giving it an estimated driving range of up to 186 miles (300km) on the latest WLTP cycle.

The long-range version ups the ante with a 204PS electric motor paired to a 64kWh battery pack. Hyundai expects the long-range Kona Electric to travel up to 292 miles (470km) between charges.

Hyundai says that both versions of the new Kona Electric require around 54 minutes to charge their batteries to 80 percent using a 100kW DC fast charger. Short-range models are capable of a 0-62mph (100km/h) in 9.3 seconds while the more powerful long-range Kona EV drops that time down to 7.6 seconds. In both cases top speed is set at 103mph (167km/h).

Hyundai has added an adjustable regenerative braking system in the Kona Electric, enabling the driver to adjust the intensity of the system via the paddle shifts mounted on the steering wheel.

The driver cluster is now all-digital, featuring a seven-inch high-resolution display while the infotainment system offers a wide range of connectivity features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A new dedicated center console hosts all the buttons for the operation of the car along with the shift-by-wire gear control, creating at the same time an extra storage space underneath it.

The range of driver assistance systems is also very impressive and includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind-Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and more.

“By launching our All-New Kona Electric, we are pushing our ambitious eco car strategy forward,” said Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President Marketing and Product at Hyundai Motor Europe. “It’s a car of no compromise – combining an SUV body type with electric-mobility. It represents Hyundai’s progressive character. With Hyundai Motor, the future is now!”

The new Hyundai Kona Electric celebrates its public premiere at the Geneva Motor Show.

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  • ZYGIUS

    Looks really good, shame ordinary model looks so wrong compare with this one

    • TheHake

      Especially at the price. It’s disappointingly expensive.

  • AxlRock

    Are you telling me that the Prius didn’t have to look like it does?

  • salamOOn

    great package!

  • Deckard_Cain

    This looks so much nicer than the normal Kona.

  • Miknik

    A huge improvement, and at least the claimed data is very impressive. Meanwhile, i love how all German premium car manufacturers love to show concepts or deliver plans how they will have the best EVs and fill the media with that, but yet this actual car is a Hyundai, and not a VW ID , or Audi Etron, or….

    • Matt

      Good things take time

  • Auto

    n o m o r e t h i n h e a d l i g h t s

  • Dennis Scipio

    Look out, Tesla.

    • Six_Tymes

      spot on

  • Six_Tymes

    This looks Very Good, inside and out. Nice work designers!

  • exeptor

    Anyone knows the procedure to open a car dealership in Norway? This thing will be a massive hit there … we are talking thousands of cars per year.

    • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

      its already 14000 people in norway who had signed on the waitinglist for this car. so it will be a huge sucsess in norway.

    • Tobias Schreyer

      Too bad only 30,000 will be produced per year. You can expect waiting times of more than a year…

  • Jp

    I am really wondering whether the 292 miles range is the NEDC figure (always overestimated)…

  • Six Thousand Times

    Less terrible than the ICE version.

  • TO ONE UP THE OTHER ELECTRICS AT LEAST IT COMES IN A VARIETY OF INTERESTING COLORS, NOT THE USUAL 1 RED, 1 BLUE AND 12 NEUTRALS.

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