Hyundai has announced pricing and specs of its first long-range electric car, the Kona Electric.
Hyundai’s second fully-electric vehicle (the Ioniq EV arrived last year) will be offered in Australian dealerships in two specification levels, priced between $59,990 and $64,490 plus on-road costs.
Based on the standard petrol-powered Kona, the Electric is powered by a 64kWh lithium-ion battery, which drives a front-mounted electric motor producing 150kW of power and 395Nm of torque. Hyundai claims it can travel up to 449km on a charge according to the WLTP cycle (around 557km on the older NEDC cycle) – it can charge up from 0 to 80 per cent in just 54 minutes on a 100kW DC fast charger, or 75 minutes on a lesser but more common 50kW DC charger.
Opening the range is the Elite, priced from $59,990 plus on-road costs. Standard equipment includes an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, digital radio and satellite navigation, 17-inch aerodynamic alloy wheels, leather seats, halogen headlights, dual-zone climate control, push-button start, keyless entry, rain-sensing wipers, a digital instrument cluster, an Infinity premium sound system.
All Kona Electrics come standard with Hyundai’s full SmartSense safety suite, which includes autonomous emergency braking, forward collision alert, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, and driver attention alert.
Step up to the Highlander, priced from $64,490 plus ORCs, and you get LED headlights and taillights, front parking sensors, sunroof, heated/ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, head-up display and wireless phone charging.
The 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric hits Aussie dealerships next month.