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Hyundai teases Kona EV ahead of Geneva Motor Show

Hyundai Kona Electric teaser image — Picture courtesy of HyundaiHyundai Kona Electric teaser image — Picture courtesy of HyundaiSEOUL, Feb 9 — Although it's not revealing too much ahead of its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month, Hyundai has seen fit to give us a glimpse of its new electric Kona SUV with a rather heavily stylised teaser image. This will be the South Korean automaker's second all-electric vehicle, and this pure-electric version of the Kona compact crossover is expected to offer a driving range on a single charge of an impressive 473 kilometres

This exciting new version of the Kona will be seen in public for the first time in Geneva in March, but the official reveal that will give us a proper look at the design will take place a little beforehand at a special event being held on February 27.

It's believed the Kona EV will be offered with two different powertrain options, both all-electric, so it's likely they will have two different ranges with the 473km version obviously costing more to buy. Even so, that proposed 473km range is an impressive 191km greater than the range offered by Hyundai's existing EV, the Ioniq, which was launched back in 2016.

Further details about the new model are thin on the ground to say the least, but Hyundai has promised that the new EV will boast a "fun-to-drive character," a wide range of convenience and connectivity features, and plenty of the latest safety and driver-assistance technology.

From what can be seen of the crossover in the teaser image, the obvious difference from the regular Kona is the front grille. It looks subtly different to that of the standard model, which is probably only to be expected as EVs don't actually require a front grille to allow air into the engine bay for cooling.

Hyundai obviously has high hopes for uptake of the Kona Electric because this new EV has been deliberately placed in a market segment all of its own as an affordable mainstream electric SUV. Even so, it's still more than likely to be heavily outsold by the gas-engined alternative.

The company has already seen that the electric version of the Ioniq only made up 5 per cent of that nameplate's sales last year, although so far in 2018 sales have grown four-fold on the same period of 2017. — AFP-Relaxnews

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