Outdoors, the Kona EV adopts the gas-fed mannequin’s slimmer headlights and sleeker face. The wheel arch cladding is physique coloured as an alternative of naked plastic, whereas the rear of the automobile will get slimmer tail lights, new flip sign parts, reversing mild unit, and a brand new rear bumper. All in all, the modifications to the outside have turned the whole Kona vary from a considerably awkward wanting machine into one thing comparatively good-looking.
Beneath that massaged sheetmetal lies a well-known powertrain—the Kona nonetheless makes 201 horsepower (150 kW) from through a single electrical motor. European variations of the Kona EV have the choice of both a 64-kWh battery pack or a smaller, 39.2-kWh battery, whereas automobiles for the U.S. market have the lone possibility of the bigger 64-kWh unit. After advances in tire expertise granted the Kona EV extra vary for the 2020 mannequin 12 months, the electrical crossover is nice for as much as 300 miles of vary with the bigger battery and 189 miles with the smaller battery on the worldwide WLTP cycle. It is price noting that the WLPT’s estimates are often larger than the EPA’s, so anticipate barely much less “official” vary right here.
Contained in the modifications that had been made to the usual Kona carry over to the EV, too. Which means a larger 8.0-inch infotainment setup with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, some nicer finishes across the sprint, and a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster. Clients may even have the choice to improve to Hyundai’s BlueLink system that permits prospects to regulate their automobile with their smartphone. It’s going to give them key data about vary, cost instances, and the areas of charging stations.
Talking of charging, the Kona will nonetheless get from a 10 to 80 % cost in 45 minutes when hooked as much as a 100 kW DC quick charger. There may be additionally an optionally available 10.5-kW three-phase on-board charger that nets shorter charging instances when you’re hooked as much as a traditional AC charging station or when you’re simply charging up at house. A Hyundai spokesperson stated that these modifications are for Europe-specific automobiles, and that it is “it’s nonetheless a bit too early for the U.S. particulars.” In addition they stated particulars on the U.S. model of the Kona EV will drop within the first few months of 2021, a touch, maybe, that we will anticipate related modifications to our model of the Kona Electrical quickly.