Hyundai introduces the new-generation Kona EV globally

Hyundai has revealed the second-generation Kona EV globally. The brand’s popular electric crossover, the Kona EV, will be offered in a bigger battery pack that will provide an increased range from 342-490 km, according to WLTP. The new-generation Kona will also come with some design changes, increase in its dimensionality, and newly added features.

Globally, Hyundai has been offering the Kona EV in two battery options: a 32.9 kWh and a 64 kWh. However, now the new Kona will be offered in two larger lithium-ion batteries: a 48.4 kWh and a 65.4 kWh. So, the Kona EV with 48.4 kWh battery pack will generate a power of 151 hp and it will provide a WLTP-certified range of 342 km. Meanwhile, the EV with 65.4 kWh will generate 212 hp of power and it will provide a WLTP-certified range of 490 km. For charging, Hyundai hasn’t revealed all the information, but the company claims the EV (with 65.4 kWh battery pack) to be charged from 10-80% in around 41 minutes.

The new-generation Kona EV will get an increase in its dimensions. The EV measures 4355 mm in overall length, 1825 mm in overall width, and 1575 mm in overall height, and it gets a wheelbase of 2660 mm–which makes the new EV 150 mm longer and 25 mm wider than the outgoing models. Furthermore, the Kona will also get a 60 mm increase in its wheelbase.

For design, the new Kona features a seamless horizon lamp that stretches wide around the front section, and the rear section also follows the same design style. For interior design, the EV takes inspiration from the Ioniq 5 models. The cabin also features a new 12-inch head-up display, a pair of 12.3-inch panoramic display, and Bose premium sound system. Moreover, due to the increase in EV’s dimension, the cabin is more spacious and comfortable.

The second-generation Kona comes equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) that offers features such as lane-keeping assist, blind-spot collision assist, intelligent speed limit assist, driver attention warning, and high beam assist. Furthermore, other notable features are its OTA updates, digital key, remote smart parking assist, Highway Driving Assist (HDA), and Surround View Monitor.

Currently, Laxmi Intercontinental Pvt. Ltd, the authorised dealer of Hyundai vehicles in Nepal, has been offering the Kona in only 39.2 kWh battery option at a base price of Rs 60.96 lakh. So for the Nepalese market, Hyundai might only offer the second-generation Kone EV in 48.4 kWh battery option.

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