It was only last week that the 2018 Hyundai Kona was first announced and the South Korean car company shared some very transparent teasers showcasing their upcoming model, but already there are reports that a brand-new, fully electric variant of the Kona is already in the works. Multiple sources including Auto Bild and Inside EVs are reporting that the all-electric version of the crossover can be expected as early as next year.
Earlier in the year, it was reported that Hyundai was getting ready to launch an all-electric crossover on a dedicated EV platform, so it would make perfect sense that they would choose the Kona as their preferred model. However, this wouldn’t be the first model from the South Korean automaker to go fully-electric. Hyundai’s sister company, Kia, already has the Niro in its lineup and is planning a plug-in hybrid version for next year as well.
Engine and Battery
Reports suggest that the 2018 Hyundai Kona will electric vehicle will have a range of about 217 miles, and that the power will be supplied by a 50-kWh battery. This seems somewhat low, considering that the EV class leader, Chevy Bolt, offers 238 miles on a single charge. But, nevertheless, considering there is still a lack of truly affordable long-range electric vehicles on today’s market, there will more than enough room for the Kona EV to make its mark.
Hyundai Kona Spy Shots:
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Based on the recent teasers of the new model, the 2018 Hyundai Kona will be styled with all the traditional small crossover design lines and features. Expect to see a lot of chunky body cladding, Hyundai’s signature hexagonal grille and some intense LED lights. From the back, the Kona resembles the Nissan Juke with its arching rear and ‘floating’ black roof colour scheme. The company said that this new model is a new design direction that will signal a new identity for the company and represent a new chapter that will see a push from Hyundai to get 30 new models and derivatives out into the market by the 2021 model year.
2018 Hyundai Kona EV Release Date and Price
Hyundai is yet to comment on this newly surfaced reports of an electric Kona variant, but if we are to believe the rumors, we can expect to see the 2018 Hyundai Kona EV on the streets by the end of the 2018 model year. The pricing is estimated to start at about $39,000, the same ballpark as the class leading Chevrolet Bolt.
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