The 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric is ready to hit the market with its new look and its zero emissions package. For them to be able to cater to a wider market, the automaker decided that they would offer the Kona with two powertrains, with different outputs, ranges, and prices.
For instance, the base model features an electric motor that offers 133 horsepower (99 kilowatts) and 291 pound feet (395 Newton metres) of torque. This one comes equipped with a small 39.2 kWh battery pack that could offer a maximum range of 300 kilometers (186 miles) in the new Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles test procedure (WLTP). This procedure is supposedly more relevant than the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).
Meanwhile, the top of the range Kona Electric was given as much as 201 horsepower (150 kilowatts) but with the same torque as the base model. This comes from the 64 kWh battery, which allows it to drive with a range of up to 470 kilometers (292 miles) as per WLTP.
To fully charge the 39.2 kWh battery pack, it will take around 6 hours and 10 minutes, and the larger 64 kWh pack will need around 9 hours 40 minutes. The good thing about this is that Hyundai developed a quick charging facility for those in a hurry. With the 100 kW DC fast charger, the Kona electric will “fill up” the battery by 80 percent in only 54 minutes.
And when it comes to performance, the base Kona Electric can do the 62 mph (100 kph) sprint in 9.3 seconds, and the range topping version can do this in 7.6 seconds. Both models have a maximum speed of 104 miles per hour (167 kilometers per hour).
The best part about the Kona is that it is built on a new platform that ensures that the battery does not take up its cabin space. The trunk has as much as 373 liters of storage.
The Kona will be sitting on a new set of 17 inch alloy wheels, while closing off the front grille. The front bit gets more aerodynamic bits, now with lateral air curtains to reduce turbulence. The modified roof mounted spoiler tells you that it is a Kona. Overall, styling is still very similar to the conventionally powered model, with some minor changes.
The cabin now features a fully digital seven inch instrument cluster and power front seats with eight way adjustment, with heating and ventilation. The driver’s seat, on the other hand, will feature an electric lumbar support to find the ideal position behind the wheel. This can be heated too.
You can check out the fully electric subcompact crossover, the Hyundai Kona at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show on March 6.