Hyundai Kona Electric SUV revealed

Hyundai has revealed its second electric vehicle, the Kona Electric, ahead of its debut at next month’s Geneva motor show.

Based on the Kona small SUV, it is the first all-electric vehicle in the segment and boasts a range of up to 292 miles.

Two versions will be available: the short range variant, which is powered by 39.2Kw battery producing 135hp enabling a range of 186 miles, and a long-range model, which is powered by a larger 64Kw motor producing 204hp with a maximum range of 292 miles.

Hyundai said the battery pack does not affect interior space; the luggage capacity is unchanged (373 litres) compared with the conventionally-powered variants, though this figure drops to 332 litres with the charging cable stored in the boot.

The exterior of the vehicle remains almost identical to the standard version; the only differences are a closed grille, no exhausts and different alloy wheels.

All-New Hyundai Kona Electric (2)

Inside, a digital dashboard, head-up display and 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen is offered, while the Kona Electric offers a wealth of active safety equipment as standard, including cruise control, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, a lane departure warning with lane-keep assist, blind spot detection and driver attention warning.

“Hyundai is already leading in future mobility solutions,” said Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, vice president of marketing and product at Hyundai Europe. “By launching our Kona Electric, we are pushing our ambitious eco car strategy forward. It’s a car of no compromise – combining an SUV body type with electric-mobility. It represents Hyundai’s progressive character.”

Hyundai has not said when the vehicle is likely to reach the UK, nor has pricing information been revealed. Expect more information to emerge following next month’s Geneva motor show.