Hyundai has unveiled a new and improved version of its Kona electric vehicle (EV), offering increased interior space, new technology features, and a longer driving range. The second-generation Kona was designed with an electric powerplant in mind, providing improvements in performance and interior design.
The higher-capacity 65.4kWh battery option offers an estimated range of 304 miles using the WLTP testing cycle, an improvement over the current model’s 258 miles. Battery reconditioning is included to improve charging times and cold weather range, while vehicle-to-load support allows drivers to power devices both inside and outside the car. The Kona also supports “i-Pedal” one-pedal driving.
Despite not having the 800V architecture of the Ioniq 5 or Kia EV6, the Kona’s charging time from 10 percent to 80 percent is 41 minutes. The vehicle offers a larger “living space” with more storage, including a front trunk, and a variety of in-cabin tech features. Dual 12.3-inch screens, over-the-air software updates, and NFC-based digital car key support are included. Driver aids include an attention monitor, a blind spot monitor, and assistants for forward collision avoidance and safer highway driving.
Hyundai has not disclosed US pricing for the Kona, but it will still be available in combustion-only and hybrid versions in addition to the EV. The vehicle is expected to reach US customers in the third quarter of the year. The Kona may cost less than Hyundai’s more advanced offerings, making it an appealing option for those interested in going electric but not willing to pay a premium price.
The Kona’s revamped design increased range, and new features may draw the attention of drivers who want a compact electric crossover. With the continued growth in electric vehicle adoption, manufacturers like Hyundai are working to improve their offerings to meet consumer demands. Kona’s improvements indicate the automaker’s commitment to staying competitive in the electric vehicle market.