Australian specs and pricing have been announced for the updated 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric which is already arriving in showrooms.
Hyundai will continue to offer the Kona Electric in Elite and Highlander trim levels with prices starting at $62,000 plus on-road costs.
Externally, the updated Kona Electric gets a new-look closed grille, revised daytime running lights and headlights which wrap into the body-colour wheel arch cladding, and a tweaked front bumper with satin-accented bars in the air intake.
Changes at the back are limited to new tail lights. As a result of the design refresh, the overall length has also increased by 40mm to 4205mm. It remains 1800mm wide and 1555mm tall, with a 2600mm wheelbase.
On the inside, new equipment includes a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, ambient footwell lighting, heated rear seats and an additional USB port in the second row.
Safety also gets a boost with blind-spot assist, rear cross-traffic assist, safe exit warning, rear-seat occupant alert, leading vehicle departure alert and lane-following assist all now included as standard.
Scroll below for each grade’s equipment highlights.
Locally, every Kona Electric uses a 64kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack to power a 150kW/395Nm permanent magnet synchronous electric motor mounted on the front axle.
Hyundai claims the driving range has been improved by 7.8 per cent thanks to a new set of Michelin Primacy4 low rolling resistance tyres. According to WLTP testing, the range is now listed as 484 kilometres (up from 449km).
When using a 100kW DC fast-charger, the battery can be replenished from 10 to 80 per cent in 47 minutes, while a 50kW unit takes 64 minutes. A 7.2kW AC wall-box can take the battery from 10 to 100 per cent in nine hours and 15 minutes.
2021 Hyundai Kona Electric pricing (excludes on-road costs):
Kona Electric Elite - $62,000
Kona Electric Highlander - $66,000
2021 Hyundai Kona Electric equipment highlights:
Kona Electric Elite
Automatic halogen (projector type) headlights
17-inch alloy wheels
LED daytime running lights
10.25-inch digital instrument cluster (NEW)
10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system
Satellite navigation
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (wired)
DAB+ radio
Leather-appointed upholstery
Passenger seat height adjustment (NEW)
Heated, power-folding exterior mirrors
Qi wireless charge pad (NEW)
Harman Kardon eight-speaker audio system
Rear USB charging port (NEW)
Acoustic windscreen film
Keyless entry and start
Climate control with auto de-fog function
Rain-sensing wipers
Rear parking sensors
Autonomous emergency braking
Adaptive cruise control with stop/go
Lane-keeping assist
Lane-following assist
Blind-spot assist
Rear cross-traffic assist
Driver attention warning
Rear occupant alert
Safe exit warning
Kona Electric Highlander adds
Front parking sensors
LED headlights and front indicators
LED tail-lights
High-beam assist
Head-up display
Power sunroof
Heated/ventilated front seats
Heated rear seats (NEW)
Heated steering wheel
Power front seat adjustment
Electrochromatic rear-view mirror
Interior ambient lighting (NEW)
Two-tone roof (no cost-option, removes sunroof)
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