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Hyundai has announced it will reveal its first-ever all-electric SUV on February 27, also releasing the first teaser for it. The Kona Electric will be available for orders in Europe from the summer of 2018, making Hyundai “the first automotive brand across Europe to make an all-electric compact SUV available to everyone.”

The South Korean manufacturer has also revealed the zero-emissions vehicle will be offered with two different powertrain options, both using “one of the most powerful electric engines on the market.” Hyundai promises almost 292 miles (470 kilometers) on a single charge under the new WLTP regulations, which sounds pretty intriguing and exceeds the preliminary expectations, and ”a great fun-to-drive character.”

No big surprises are planned for the design, as the Kona Electric will look virtually identical to its ICE-powered cousins, as spy photos have showed. The only exception will be the radiator grille, which will be replaced by a closed-off panel, similar to the one on the Ioniq Electric, accommodating the charging point. The lack of exhaust pipes could lead to some changes in the rear bumper, but nothing major.

According to some sources, the Kona Electric will land in the United States in the first half of 2019, carrying a base price of just under $40,000. It will be offered with only one battery option, the larger 64-kWh one.

2019 Hyundai Kona EV spy photo

Hyundai proudly explains it is the first carmaker in Europe to merge two of the hottest industry trends – electric mobility and SUV style. The brand also claims to be “at the forefront of eco mobility, already offering the broadest range of powertrains.”


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Full specifications of the Kona Electric should be revealed on February 27, when the Kona Electric will make its online debut, which will be followed by a public premiere during the Geneva Motor Show in early March. Stay tuned for more details and don’t miss the livestream on the debut date.

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  • With the launch of the All-New Kona Electric, Hyundai Motor is offering the first fully-electric compact SUV
  • New model combines the two fastest growing automotive trends: SUV and electrification
  • Extending Hyundai’s eco car line up with class-leading range and two powertrain versions

 - Hyundai Motor has released a first teaser image of its first fully-electric SUV ahead of the official unveiling, on February 27.

The All-New Kona Electric reinforces the company’s leadership in the eco-car segment. Hyundai Motor will be the first automotive brand across Europe to make an all-electric compact SUV available to everyone, coming to the market in summer 2018.

Efficiency meets fun-to-drive

The All-New Kona Electric will feature two different powertrain versions offering customers one of the most powerful electric engines on the market with a class leading range of almost 470 kilometres (internal target under WLTP regulations) and a great fun-to-drive character. Furthermore, drivers will benefit from a wide range of convenience and connectivity features as well as active safety and driving assistance technologies.

Hyundai Motor merges the two hottest trends in the automotive market

The All-New Kona Electric enables customers to combine the two worlds of eco-mobility and SUV style. In bringing this car to the market, Hyundai Motor is the first carmaker in Europe to merge these two hottest industry trends.

Hyundai Motor is at the forefront of eco mobility, already offering the broadest range of powertrains. Hyundai marketed the first mass-produced fuel cell vehicle, the ix35, and recently introduced its successor, the All-New Nexo. Furthermore, the successful IONIQ is the only car available with three different electrified powertrains in one body type. The IONIQ Electric has just been ranked first in the prestigious ADAC EcoTest 2017.

Further details will be disclosed on 27 February, ahead of the car’s world premiere at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

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