New look for Hyundai

Kona EV

Hyundai Kona Electric, 2020, front
Hyundai Kona Electric, 2020, front, action
Hyundai Kona Electric, 2020, side
Hyundai Kona Electric, 2020, rear
Hyundai Kona Electric, 2020, interior
Hyundai Kona Electric, 2020, instrument panel
Hyundai Kona Electric, 2020, display screen
Hyundai Kona Electric, 2020, motor
Hyundai Kona Electric, 2020, charging point

CHANGES are being made to the style of the Hyundai Kona Electric giving the EV more flowing lines and updating the car's onboard technology.

It is understood the refreshed model will be on the road next year and will cost slightly more than the current model which costs from £30,150.

The new car has a new-look at the front and rear with smoother lines all round improving aerodynamics while the changes add some 25mm to its length.

The charging port remains at the front nearside of the car and the Kona also has a revised LED headlight array.

A full recharge can be done in as little as 47 minutes from a fast charger, although it takes more than a day to fully replenish the batteries from a normal domestic supply.

As before, two versions are available with either 64 or 39.2kWh batteries with the more powerful delivering 204ps and a range of up to 300 miles.

The lower powered version develops 136ps and has a range of 139 miles. Top speeds are 104mph for the higher powered model and 97mph for the 39.2kWh version.

Inside there is now a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and Hyundai has made updates to its Bluelink connectivity system to include extra charging information from a smartphone.

Other new features include a blind spot collision avoidance system, rear cross traffic alerts, a safe exit warning and a device which tells the driver the vehicle ahead has moved away while in traffic.

The Kona Electric is also fitted with an eCall button which can automatically alert emergency services if the airbags are deployed or the eCall button is pushed.

The car was first launched in 2018 and Hyundai claims it has the longest range of any compact electric vehicle.

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