Hyundai unveiled their next-gen Kona with all-electric powertrain for the upcoming season. This is the youngest SUV in the family, and it takes a position in the subcompact class. The 2019 Hyundai Kona will stun all fans with its design and performance. Nevertheless, petrol unit didn’t debut yet, but it will surely come next year. Also, Kona could offer diesel and hybrid drivetrains alongside EV.
The electric model will come to US and European markets. Its development was fast and the company believes it can compete with Chevy Bolt in the first place, and then with other models such as upcoming Buick EV. This is a growing segment. Nevertheless, fans of Kona could be happy because they will see this vehicle with few engine options.
2019 Hyundai Kona drivetrain
The 2019 Hyundai Kona is standard version should remain to use a 2.0-liter four-cylinder drivetrain. This unit is ready to deliver 150 hp and 130 pound-feet of torque. Automatic 6-speed transmission routes power to front wheels. Gas mileage will see the boost of about 1 or 2 mpg. So, the 2019 Kona will return almost 30 mpg combined.
2019 Hyundai Kona electric
The star of the upcoming season will definitely be an all-electric version of 2019 Hyundai Kona. The company will install a 39 kWh battery in the engine room. This motor is ready to deliver over 130 hp. A lithium-ion polymer battery can drive new Kona up to 186 miles.
Whatsoever, Hyundai prepared the more potent drivetrain. The boost from 39 to 64 kWh will help 2019 Kona to achieve 200 hp and range of almost 300 miles. To reach 60 mph, this battery will need 7.6 seconds, and it speeds up to 105 mph. It also creates 290 lb-ft of torque.
Fast charge technology will allow 2019 Hyundai Kona to refill 80 percent of its battery in just 55 minutes. The quick charger is using a 100 kW outlet. However, there is also a slower, conventional way. By doing that, drivers will have to wait almost ten hours before Kona recharges. The smaller battery needs about six hours to refill the energy.
2019 Hyundai Kona interior
Both standard and electric versions are using the same design language for the interior. That means we will see many similarities. However, an all-electric model offers different dashboard and monitoring features. Latest apps are part of infotainment, as well as of safety system. The generous cabin offers over 330 liters of space for cargo. Although the 2019 Hyundai Kona is a subcompact crossover, it has comfortable seat spacing between two rows.
The 2019 Hyundai Kona and its electric model are not sharing many parts inside the cabin, but also outside. The first visible difference is in the grille. While the new conventional vehicle is using the same styling as its predecessor, the EV crossover has closed grille. Updates in paint jobs are certain new bumper should refresh the 2019 Kona.
2019 Hyundai Kona release
The electric version of the 2019 Hyundai Kona is already shown. However, we are still waiting for confirmation about the standard model. There are many other interesting details about Kona we would like to hear, but for all that fans are going to show patience.
One thing is sure – the 2019 Hyundai Kona electric will appear in Europe first, and then in the US. However, it won’t take too much time. Petrol model will come later, probably next spring. Also, the company is considering hybrid version, while the diesel crossover is not so likely to happen.
Hyundai confirmed that new Kona will start from $30,000 for the electric version. However, we still don’t know the price for the regular model. Since it will be almost the same as its predecessor, it is going to keep the price. So, expect 2019 Hyundai Kona to see around $20,000. This is a competitive cost for a subcompact segment.