Hyundai Second Gen Kona Led by BEV Powertrains

Hyundai launched its second-generation Kona this week led by a BEV version claiming class-leading range.

The compact SUV offers a selection of powertrains including BEV in standard or long-range guise, self-charging hybrid and internal combustion engine as well as sports N Line versions of each. Kona Electric’s 400-volt system claims a WLTP-estimated 304-mile range from the range topping long-range version boasting 214bhp and 188ft-lbs of torque while the standard has a power output of 153bhp and the same torque without a range claim being specified as yet.

It also comes with BEV-specific design elements, including frunk storage, active air flaps, interior and exterior vehicle-to-load outlets, heads-up display, i-Pedal driving mode, smart regenerative braking system, electronic-active sound design and an Eco Package.

It also offers battery preconditioning promising secure charging and range performance in winter and a frozen charge door prevention system enables the user to open the charge door in a minus 30-degree environment. A new charging port door lamp helps visibility at night.

All models are larger all-round than the previous generation car and offer Hyundai’s SmartSense ADAS and safety systems, including Level 2 autonomous driving, forward collision avoidance, blind-spot view monitor, remote smart parking and driver status monitor. Details of alternative powertrains are said to follow.

Jaehoon Chang, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor Company, said: “Kona Electric will play a major role alongside our Ioniq models in reinforcing Hyundai’s EV leadership. At Hyundai, we don’t see the EV revolution as just the latest trend. We believe it is a pivot point for not only the industry but also for society. Through the implementation of eco-friendly mobility solutions like our EVs, we hope to speed the transition to clean mobility and make progress for humanity.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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