Hyundai Kona Electric receives an upgrade.
The well-known brand has redesigned its flagship zero-emission vehicle, and one unexpected addition has given it a significant boost.
Hyundai has refreshed its Kona electric SUV with a new design, increased standard equipment, and increased range.
The driving range has been increased by 35 kilometers to 484 kilometers, which is near the top of the range for EVs on sale in Australia.
This advancement was enabled by the addition of Michelin low rolling resistance tyres, which minimize the amount of energy required to turn the wheel.
Elite and Highlander trim levels share the same 150kW/396Nm electric motor and 64kW lithium-ion battery.
The battery is capable of receiving a 100kW charge, which can recharge it from 10% to 80% in approximately 47 minutes. Electric vehicles reduce charging speed above 80% to avoid battery damage caused by overheating.
The base Elite edition costs approximately $67,000 drive-away — an increase of approximately $1000 over the previous version.
Hyundai has updated the Elite trim level with a slew of new features, including active blind-spot assistance. If the driver ignores the alarm sound and tries to merge at speeds greater than 60km/h, this safety feature can partially brake. Additionally, it will automatically brake if a collision is inevitable while parking.
Additionally, new features include lane follow assist, which assists the driver in maintaining the vehicle’s position in the center of the lane, and rear cross-traffic warning with automatic braking. Passengers will receive a secure exit notice when it is safe to open the door, and a rear occupant alarm will ensure that no small children are left behind.
Hyundai has also enhanced the comfort and infotainment features, including a wider 10.25-inch digital display, USB charging points in the rear seats, an eight-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, and a wireless smartphone charging pad.
The Highlander edition already includes these features, but adds heated rear seats and ambient cabin lighting over the previous model.
Highlander prices begin at approximately $71,500 drive-away, a slight increase over the 2020 model.
Both models remain about $30,000 more expensive than their petrol-powered counterparts.
Additionally, the Kona Electric will receive a facelift, including new headlights, grille, taillights, alloy wheels, and bumps.