Should you had been anxious to know the way the Hyundai Kona Electric would appear to be after its midlife restyling, surprise no extra. That is the 2021 mannequin, and its largest information is… a cleaner look. And extra options, aside from an apparently extra mature product.
Some web sites stated Hyundai elevated the automobile’s WLTP vary to 484 km with the 64 kWh battery pack, however InsideEVs readers know since February 27 that the Kona Electric made in Czechia offers that range since March. All it took was to get tire enhancements, based on Hyundai.
That interprets into 301 miles of vary beneath this take a look at cycle. EPA numbers will in all probability be decrease if Hyundai chooses to observe the quick testing technique and never the lengthy one, which Tesla appears to be the one producer to undertake.
Relating to design, the entrance finish is rather a lot cleaner than the earlier one, however that’s in all probability extra of an aesthetic concern than one thing associated to effectivity or another sensible acquire.
Hyundai claims a 40-millimeters (1.57-inch) size enhance “ensures it has a dynamic look mixed with a robust visible stance,” which is sort of a stretch from the truth that the bumpers are greater. If solely that made them defend the automobile construction higher, unlike what FMVSSs currently do for SUVs…
As regular in any restyling, modifications had been restricted to plastic parts – which embody headlights and taillights and require fewer investments. Inside, the largest change is the adoption of the ten.25-inch infotainment display.
By way of security, the Kona Electrical now brings blind-spot collision avoidance (BCA), rear cross-traffic avoidance (RCCA), main car departure alert (LVDA), security exit warning (SEW), and rear-seat alert (RSA). All different security options stay the identical. Hyundai did not mention, but these cars already incorporate the software update that avoids the fires the Kona Electric has experienced in Canada, South Korea, and Austria.
Maybe the Kona Electrical’s largest information is that it now brings Cost myHyundai, however that’s just for European clients – extra particularly from Czechia, France, Italy, Norway, Spain, and Switzerland. The UK will be a part of the listing by the top of 2020.
It’s not clear whether it is associated to Hyundai recently joining Ionity as a shareholder. Nonetheless, the firm says the Kona Electrical can have over 170,000 charging factors out there throughout Europe. Funds will probably be managed by a single card or an app in all of them, regardless of the place – which may be very handy within the Outdated Continent.