Hyundai has unveiled the all-new hybrid version of the Kona SUV. Kona is a quirky compact SUV which was first launched in 2017 before an electric version of the car went on sale earlier this year. Since it first went on sale nearly 20,000 in total have been sold in Europe. Now, the Kona hybrid offers a more efficient vehicle with better fuel economy.
The Kona range is now as versatile as the Ioniq range with a plethora of different powertrain options.
Powering the car is the Kappa 1.6-litre GDI, a direct-injection petrol four-cylinder engine providing maximum power of 105 PS and 147 Nm of torque.
This is mated to a permanent magnet electric motor which delivers 43.5 PS (32 kW) with maximum torque of 170 Nm.
There is also a 1.56 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery to power this motor which will together offer a boost in power and efficiency.
Together with the powertrain, which is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, has a total output of 103.6 kW (141 PS) and up to 265 Nm of torque.
With 16-inch wheels, it can sprint from 0-62mph in 11.2 seconds and with 18-inch wheels, it does it 0.4 seconds slower and on to a top speed of 160mph.
Most interesting about the car is its claimed 72mpg fuel economy and low CO2 emissions of 90g/km (99g/km on 18-inch wheels) – the standard Kona achieves 54.3 mpg combined.
To achieve the higher mileage there is an Eco-Driving Assist system which will improve fuel economy and managed charging and discharging of the battery when on the road to improve its efficiency and effectiveness.
“Hyundai already offers the widest range of powertrains, and with the launch of the All-New Kona Hybrid we are offering our European customers even more choice when it comes to eco-friendly SUV models,” says Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President Marketing and Product at Hyundai Motor Europe HQ.
“In addition to its stylish design and efficient hybrid powertrain, customers can now also enjoy cutting-edge connectivity features.”
Inside the car is some new equipment including a larger instrument display for hybrid-specific driving information.
There is also an option 10.3-inch infotainment system, included wireless smartphone charging as well as hybrid-specific interior colours, trims and upgrades.
There are no exterior differences to the standard Kona apart from the new Blue Lagoon launch colour.
The All-New Kona Hybrid will be available to customers from August 2019.
Pricing for the car is expected to be released later this year, nearer to its release date.
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