This futuristic-looking electric car really makes you want to, and that’s good because it’s coming soon

A few weeks after its official launch, the new Hyundai Kona 2023 details its onboard technologies. But the brand remains a mystery on the electric version, the specifications of which will be revealed in March.

Hyundai has been involved in the electric car segment for some time when it launched the Ioniq in 2016. Since then, the brand has significantly expanded its catalog with the Ioniq 5 and the new Ioniq 6, which were introduced a few months ago, as well as the Kona Electric, which was launched in 2018. At least we can say that the Compact SUV is a real success, all engines combined. He really was the brand’s second best-selling model in France in 2022 with 12,693 units according to CCFA.

Improved comfort

Six years after its launch, it’s time for a new generation for the Renault Captur and the other Peugeot 2008 rival SUV. So, when Hyundai unveiled the first images of this second version, which looks to be even more desirable and futuristic, last December, it was all set. While the exterior styling changes in depth and adopts slimmer lines worthy of a concept car, this newcomer also wants to be fuller in terms of frame.

In a recent press release, Hyundai details the technologies that will power this new generation. This will be especially compatible with recent remote OTA updates like the Ioniq 5. While the brand doesn’t specify whether these will also apply to the electric version’s traction chain, it explains that they do‘add new features and to lighten the mood without going to the workshop. An infotainment system is installed12.3 inch touch screen should also be concerned.

15 centimeters longer than the previous generation, this new Kona gains a six-centimeter wheelbase Reach 2.66 meters. A gain for accommodation and comfort, while the driver benefits from electric seats whose position can be marked. Offers luggage It is displayed in a volume of 479 liters when the rear seat is in place. That’s better than the previous version or the Peugeot e-2008 and its 434 liters.

It should be noted that access to the plane is carried out through Digital Key 2 Touch based on NFC technology. The opening Hyundai Palisade makes this system possibleput down the smartphone and open the car on the handle and then turn it on by inserting it into the induction charging port. This device is then compatible with Apple and Samsung phones as well as connected watches.

A generous donation

Hyundai also takes the opportunity to provide some information about the active safety equipment that will equip the SUV in both the thermal and hybrid versions, as well as the electric version. we will find already well-known systems such ashelps maintain an active lanespeed limit recognition with help when leaving the car or intelligent speed limiter.

Semi-autonomous driving will also be possible through an active highway driving assistance system. Limited to level 2, while in Europe only Mercedes offers level 3 with the EQS and S-Class, the latter combines adaptive cruise control with lane keeping assist. Mark it too associated with regulatory navigation, allowing you to adjust the speed according to the layout of the highway. A feature already available on some brands, including Ford with the BlueCruise 1.2 system.

If Hyundai listed the technical specifications of the thermal and hybrid versions, you’ll have to wait until March to learn more about electrical options. Recall that Hyundai Kona Electric is currently available in two variants 39 and 64 kWh batteries, offering ranges between 305 and 484 kilometers depending on the WLTP cycle. Power ranges from 136 to 204 horsepower.

This newcomer should also inherit the Kia Niro EV platform and use the aforementioned technologies. In terms of styling, it will be further distinguished by its full grilleN Line version the brand will cover the range, though it hasn’t said whether it will also benefit the Kona Electric. It will be recognized by its rear spoiler and 19-inch wheels, as well as special shields.

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