Hyundai is getting ready to release their brand-new crossover model next week, but today it is the 2018 Hyundai Kona EV that is getting all the attention. Reports suggest that an all-electric variant of the Kona crossover is already in the works and could see the light of day as early as the 2018 model year.
This news comes after earlier reports that Hyundai is looking to launch an all-electric crossover, and the Kona fits the description perfectly. Hyundai is yet to comment on the rumors and confirm the news, but for now it looks promising that we’ll have a brand-new EV crossover joining the cause by the end of next year. Considering there is still a small number of affordable long-range electric vehicles on the market today, the Kona EV will be a welcome addition to the segment. This wouldn’t be the electric vehicle for the South Korean car company, since their sister company, Kia, already has the Niro EV in its lineup and are rumored to be producing a plug-in hybrid version for next year as well.
We were able to get a first official glimpse at the regular Kona this past week when Hyundai released the second round of teaser images of the new model, only this time they revealed quite a few details about the new exterior design. The 2018 Hyundai Kona EV will likely feature the same traditional small crossover design lines and features as the regular model. Look out for some chunky body cladding, the hexagonal grille and stark LED head and taillights. The back side will feature a steep arch and a ‘floating’ black roof color scheme.
Battery and Range
Reports suggest that the 2018 Hyundai Kona EV will offer a range of around 217 miles, that is somewhat less that what the undisputed class leader, the Chevrolet Bolt’s 238 miles on one charge. The power will reportedly come directly from a 50-kWh battery. But, bare in mind that these are only rumors, and Hyundai is yet to release the official numbers, and we will be eagerly awaiting them.
2018 Hyundai Kona EV Release Date and Price
There is still no word on when Hyundai is planning on releasing their new electric vehicle variant of the Kona, but we can certainly expect to see it in showrooms by the end of the 2018 model year. Moreover, the pricing info is also yet to be announced, but according to some rumors, the regular Kona crossover will be priced somewhere around $39,000, around the same amount as the Chevy Bolt. The 2019 Hyundai Kona will likely be designed specifically for the European market, but we’ll hold out hope that it will make its way Stateside not too long after.
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