The battery-powered version has several unique styling features that set it apart from other models.
Hyundai has released a new video that allows us to get up close and personal with the Kona Electric, one of four new models that form part of the recently redesigned range of crossovers.
While it may resemble its ICE-powered and hybrid siblings, the Korean automaker actually designed the EV first and then adapted the body style to the rest of the range. As a unique variant, the electric version receives a few special touches to distinguish it from other Kona derivatives.
The video details the stylish LED headlamps that occupy the prominent bumper; the futuristic lightbar serves as a daytime running lamp. It's unclear as to whether this will be standard equipment once the Kona Electric arrives in the USA, but we would expect it to be.
We've previously discussed the minor differences between the EV and gas-powered examples.
All Kona models receive a bumper design that is devoid of the traditional radiator grille. But for the EV, you'll find futuristic diamond-like LED pixel detailing on the lower bits of the front fascia, continuing the tradition of its predecessor. This is also where you'll find the charge port, and the color-coded components contribute to the more minimalistic look. This is carried over to the sides of the vehicle, where you'll find the EV lacks the chunky black wheel arch cladding seen on regular Konas.
Inside, it's a classy affair. Hyundai has elevated the Kona's cabin to the next level, and one could argue that it borders on premium now. The sporty three-spoke steering wheel is devoid of any Hyundai branding; in the place of a traditional logo, you'll find four dots on the steering wheel boss, a feature shared with the Ioniq 5.
Speaking of the retro EV, the Kona Electric's interior takes inspiration from its bigger brother.
You'll find dual screens for the driver's display and infotainment system, along with a fuss-free dashboard. The infotainment system will include several nice-to-haves, including connected car Navigation Cockpit (ccNC), which Hyundai describes as a smart mobility experience.
Unlike many electric vehicles, the Kona Electric has a traditional center console, meaning it can't match the feeling or airiness provided by some rivals. Some concessions must be made when an EV and an ICEV share major components. Equipment levels should be strong, though, with the video showing us climate control, wireless charging, ambient lighting, and more.
The cargo area appears to hold three large suitcases, but Hyundai has said the Kona offers up to 25.5 cubic feet of packing space with the rear bench folded flat.
It's shaping up to be a very practical little crossover. Hopefully, Hyundai can get the pricing right. If it can undercut the Ioniq 6 and Ioniq 5, we may be getting yet another well-priced EV this year.
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