Australian News - March 22, 2019

The 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai’s first all-electric SUV, the Kona Electric, has arrived boasting a long-range battery-electric powertrain, practical SUV styling, and advanced safety and connectivity.

The new Kona Electric features a powerful 150kW electric motor powertrain with the ability to travel up to 449 kilometres on a battery charge (WLTP), in a strikingly sporty SUV package.

Plugged into a 100kW DC fast-charger, Kona Electric can reach 80 per cent battery charge in 54 minutes. In addition, the 7.2kW on-board charger allows battery recharging when plugged into a normal household socket, using the supplied In-Cable Control Box (ICCB).

Kona Electric produces a near-instantaneous 395Nm from its electric motor, providing effortless and surprisingly sporty performance, with a 7.6-second 0-100km/h.

Kona Electric is offered in Elite and Highlander model grades, each with the same high-output, long-range electric drivetrain.

In addition to its advanced eco-friendly drivetrain, Kona Electric is generously equipped with Hyundai’s SmartSense™ safety package as standard in both model grades.

The SmartSense™ package includes Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with Stop & Go and Driver-Attention Warning (DAW).

There are also Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) and Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW) systems, the latter including Rear Cross Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW.

A standard 8.0-inch satellite navigation multimedia system boasts an array of connectivity including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone interfaces, as well as Bluetooth for phone calls and streaming audio.

The multimedia unit also features an 8-speaker Infinity premium audio system, incorporating a subwoofer and external amplifier, with DAB+ digital radio.

The Highlander model brings, in addition, a glass sunroof, Wireless (Qi standard) inductive smartphone charging, power-operated heated/ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

There are also a head-up display (HUD), High Beam Assist (HBA), front park-assist systems as well as LED headlights and taillights, on the Highlander model.

The Kona Electric is built around an immensely safe and rigid monocoque featuring the extensive use of high strength and ultra-high strength steel and produced using advanced manufacturing techniques.

The Kona Electric benefits from a local chassis tune developed across a variety of uniquely challenging Australian urban and country roads, to deliver a quiet and comfortable ride to match the smooth electric drivetrain.

Unique styling elements differentiate Kona Electric from its conventionally powered counterpart, including the closed front grille design featuring an Intaglio pattern, unique wave-patterned rear bumper, redesigned rear lower lights and aero-styled 17-inch alloy wheels.

A palette of six exterior paint colours, the no-cost option of a contrasting roof tone for Highlander versions, and a choice of two leather-appointed interior trims gives Kona Electric the customisable possibilities that have made the petrol powered Kona a hit with customers.

“We’re excited to bring long-range, eco-friendly electrified driving within reach of everyone with the stylish Kona Electric small SUV,“ Hyundai Motor Company Australia CEO, JW Lee said.

“It is Hyundai’s intention to establish leadership for eco cars in Australia. We have demonstrated that with IONIQ and now Kona Electric, with the NEXO hydrogen-powered SUV to follow once suitable infrastructure is developed.

“Kona Electric’s unique, fun styling, packaged with advanced standard safety and connectivity features make for a highly appealing and affordable zero-emissions package,” Lee said.