Hyundai has finally decided to show its subcompact utility crossover known as the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric SUV. Seemingly, the inbound Kona EV marks Hyundai’s first foray into the subcompact utility vehicle division. The new model is currently undergoing a series of tests in Europe, implying that it likely debuts early next year. Rumor has it that Hyundai’s next electric car will arrive in the United States in the course of next year. The Kona electric SUV derives its name from an alluring tourist spot in Hawaii.
The brand has elected to use the name to signify that it has designed the new electric SUV for adventurous purposes. This EV boasts a 217-miles-of-range and lands squarely in the middle of the electric vehicle department. This is because its range is a little shorter than the Tesla Model 3 and Chevy Bolt, but longer than other EVs like Volkswagen e-Golf and BMW i3.
2019 Hyundai Kona Electric SUV – Exterior and Interior Appearance
The 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric SUV carries the same shape and appearance as the combustion-powered Kona which arrived a few months ago. However, its exterior styling ushers in the Korean manufacturer’s newest design philosophy. Hyundai plans to spread its latest design ethos to other crossovers in the lineup in the future. The EV model revealed the frontal placement of its charge port, which shows that the next Kona EV features a different front grille. It is likely to be a closed unit like the one for the electric version of the Hyundai kilowatt-hour since no engine requires air for cooling.
Hyundai has included new alloy wheels and a distinct cascading grille with a blue line to show that the inbound EV is a green model. Other notable elements comprise a dual headlight design and a curvaceous rear end. Kona also sports a splash of plastic cladding that underscores it adventurous credentials. When it comes to the safety features, the Kona electric SUV gets such things as blind-spot warning, lane-keep assist, automatic braking, forward collision warning, and much more. Worth noting, Hyundai will also equip this model with the driver drowsiness warning and rear cross-traffic warning.
2019 Hyundai Kona Electric SUV – Powertrain and Driving Range
The 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric SUV comes with two battery pack options. The base Kona model uses a 43 battery pack while its extended range Kona equivalent features a 64-kWh battery. The 64-kilowatt-hour battery enables the electric SUV to hover around 217 miles of real-world range, but EPA ratings remain unknown.
Cost and Production of the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric SUV
The 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric SUV arrives in the fall of the 2018 calendar year. It is one of the 14 green models that Hyundai is planning to launch by 2020. Besides the EV, the Kona will come equipped with a hydrogen fuel-cell variant in the future. The new Hyundai Kona EV will carry a starting price tag of $39,000. It will become a moderately affordable EV after federal income tax credits.