New Hyundai Kona EV: the electric SUV is renewed betting on semi-autonomous driving

He electric hyundai kona, one of the firm’s great zero-emission offensive bets, already have a substitute. The new generation of this small SUV has already been presented and it does so with a very renewed image and a not inconsiderable technological endowment.

Despite being launched at the beginning of 2018 (with a renewal in 2020), the electric Hyundai Kona was the brand’s best-selling car with this technology in 2022, placing 1,105 units on the market (seventh among the 10 best-selling electric cars), which gives an idea of ​​the strength of the model.

Technical sheet of the electric Hyundai Kona

electric hyundai kona

body type

B-SUV with five doors.

Measurements and weight

4,355mm long, 1,825mm wide and 1,575mm high. 2,660mm wheelbase.


466 liters and an additional 27 liters in the front trunk.

maximum power

160 kW (218 PS)

WLTP consumption

Between 15.1 and 15.7 kWh/100 km.

environmental label

Zero emissions.

Driving aids (ADAS)

Adaptive cruise control with lane change, emergency braking with blind spot sensor and accident avoidance maneuvers. Driver distraction and fatigue monitoring


Dual 12.3-inch screen. Digital key with NFC 2.0, OTA updates and two-way charging. Four USB-C sockets, one with data carrier.

electric hybrid

Option with 141 hp. Information to detail.

plug-in hybrid

To confirm.


Yes, versions with 48.4 kWh and 65.4 kWh batteries.

price and release

Launch of the electric version after summer. Price to be confirmed.

Bet on the equipment

They say in Hyundai that if this electric Kona stands out for something, it is because of its development. “He broke away from the conventional ICE to EV development process and followed a process from EV to ICE“, something that should have an impact on a greater interior space, greater autonomy and better dynamic behavior.

Aesthetically, the Hyundai Kona does not go unnoticed. With an aerodynamic coefficient of 0.27 Cx, the fine pixelated light signature stands out, specific to the fully electric versions. In its C-pillar, the shapes become flatter and are slightly reminiscent of the Hyundai Ioniq 5. In the tailgate, it repeats the fine line that crosses the entire width of the vehicle.

But it is inside where this new Hyundai Kona surprises the most. Dual 12.3-inch screen installed in the same frame for driver and co-driver. The change passes to a lever behind the steering wheel and the area under the central screen contains all the touch buttons related to air conditioning and infotainment. Double USB type C input (one with data support) in front and behind, space to leave the mobile phone and access to the seat buttons and heated steering wheels in the versions that have this equipment.

This interior is completed with a 12-inch Head-Up Display and customizable sounds for the passenger compartment, with four tones that can be changed to suit the occupants and that are linked to acceleration, engine torque and the speed at which circulate. The new electric debuts the Connected Car Navigation Cockpit (ccNC), with new graphics that ensure continuity between the two screens and exploit the full potential of the 360º camera.

Regarding ADAS security systems and help the drivermonitoring of distractions or driver fatigue is added, remote parking (and exit) of the car, blind spot sensor that also integrates the functions of emergency braking, evasive steering to avoid accidents and adaptive cruise control with gear change. lane.

In addition, the electric Hyundai Kona arrives with digital key NFC 2.0which allows it to be opened with a mobile phone or smartwatch, and OTA updates.

Autonomy and small interesting details

In addition to all of the above, there are small curiosities that can be very interesting related to the electric nature of the new Hyundia Kona.

The loading door is designed to resist freezing and open at temperatures of 30 degrees below zero. It also has a small lamp that will allow us to charge more comfortably at night. The battery can be pre-conditioned and has bi-directional charging to take advantage of the electricity stored in the vehicle itself.

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As for the available versions, the new electric Hyundai Kona is offered with a 114 kW (156 CV) engine and a 48.4 kWh battery to offer a maximum of 342 kilometers, and a more ambitious 160 kW (218 CV) with 65.4 kWh battery with which it will be possible to travel “more than 490 kilometers”, according to the brand based on the WLTP cycle.

In both cases, the electric Hyundai Kona there is no option with four-wheel drive but, in addition, it is not detailed what load powers you will be able to take on the new SUV. It is specified that it will be able to go from 10 to 80% of the battery capacity in 41 minutes. All this is completed with the i-Pedal function that allows to increase the regenerated energy and, even, the driving with a single pedal, when stopping the car.

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At the moment, we know that the electric versions will arrive after the summer, but the price is yet to be confirmed.

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Varun Kumar

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