New Hyundai Kona Electric has accepted a generic facelift for 2021 by acquiring a new design completing the freshening of the B-SUV class range. Hyundai’s pure electric Compact SUV was first unveiled in 2018 and to date has 53,000 sales in Europe and 120,000 worldwide.
In terms of exterior design the New Hyundai Kona Electric has several changes mainly to the front redesigned bumper where it adopts the new adjacent LED lights. It also has a more aerodynamic design and now the protectives in the wheel domes are painted in the color of the bodywork.
At the back there are changes where there is a different bumper with a more modern design and a virtual diffuser.
As far as the interior is concerned, there is a new 10.25″ digital display behind the steering wheel, while in the center console the main screen has a dimension of 8 inches (optional 10.25″). It impresses the high-mounted central tunnel with a metallic look and features ambient interior lighting.
In batteries and drive systems there are no substantial differences from the previous model where the basic version has an electric motor with 136 PS (395 Nm), and a battery capacity of 39.2 kWh. The acceleration of 0-100 km/h is completed at 9.9″, the top speed is 155 km/h and the range reaches 305 km (WLTP).
The top version features a 204-horsepower electric motor but there is a larger battery capacity of 64 kWh. For acceleration 0-100 km/h it takes 7.9″, while the top speed is electronically limited to 167 km/h. The range reaches 484 km (WLTP) between each charge, benefiting from tyre changes.
According to Hyundai, the battery charges from 10% to 80% of its energy within 47 minutes via a 100 kW fast charger. Also like all electric vehicles it also has an energy recovery system when braking, “Smart Adjustable Regenerative Braking” that allows driving with a pedal.
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