Hyundai Beefs up Range with Hybrid Kona

Hyundai is adding a hybrid version of its popular Kona SUV to its lineup, in response to apparent customer demand.

The hybrid version of the popular crossover features 1.6 liter, four cylinder engine producing 103 BHP. Alongside that is the 42 BHP electric motor, powered by a 1.56 kWh battery. Altogether the engine and motor produces 195 ft-lbs of torque, which Hyundai says delivers a ‘dynamic driving experience’. The Korean automaker has not mentioned range estimates for the battery, however.

The Kona Electric, the first ever fully electric crossover SUV, was launched last year with two battery capacities, 39.2 kWh and 64 kWh.

An advanced driving system (ADAS) is packaged with the car, with Front Collision Warning and Avoidance designed to assist with detecting pedestrians and cyclists. The optional Smart Cruise Control features automatic braking, using front-mounted radars to maintain a constant speed and distance to the vehicle ahead, and Lane Following Assist will keep the car in the center of a lane.

The car also features embedded telematics, which gives drivers the ability to remotely unlock or lock the vehicle through their smartphone. Inside there’s a 7-inch touchscreen which features either Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, and a large screen dedicated to showing information about the hybrid powertrain. Finally, a heads-up display projects relevant information onto the windscreen, directly into the driver’s field of view.

The car features an Eco Driving Assist System (EcoDAS), which aims to help improve fuel economy – and therefore reduce emissions – by advising the driver when deceleration is imminent, using information from the navigation system. EcoDAS also includes a Predictive Energy Management system, to maximise efficient charging and discharging in uphill and downhill situations.

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