Hyundai has given the Kona Electric several updates for the 2020 model year, despite the fact that the crossover debuted just earlier this year.
The most significant change is the Navigation System Display which grows in size from 8 inches to 10.25 inches on the range-topping Ultimate trim. It comes with standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability. Hyundai’s first compact electric crossover in the U.S. also gains a standard battery warmer system on Limited and Ultimate grades.
According to the automaker, the system helps prevent excessively long battery-charging intervals in cold temperatures. Furthermore, in Winter Mode, the battery warmer can minimize battery-power losses due to low winter temperatures.
The rest of the package remains unchanged, which means the Kona Electric continues to offer an EPA-rated driving range of 258 miles (415 km) thanks to a high-voltage 64 kWh lithium-ion battery which feeds an electric motor delivering 150 kW (201 HP / 204 PS) and 291 lb-ft (394 Nm) of torque to the front wheels. The Kona Electric’s EPA-estimated MPGe is 132 city, 108 highway, and 120 combined.
The vehicle utilizes a standard Level-II on-board charging system capable of a 7.2 kW rate of charge, enabling a full charge in nine hours and thirty-five minutes. Using the SAE-Combo charging port, a Level-III quick charge to 80 percent capacity at 100 kW takes 54 minutes.
2020 Hyundai Kona Electric models are built in Ulsan, Korea, and exported to the United States. The electric crossover is available in California and other ZEV-focused states in the western and northeastern regions of the country. Pricing for this updated model hasn’t been announced yet.