Hyundai Kona Electric facelift: prices, specification and on-sale date

The Hyundai Kona Electric has been updated for another model year with styling and technology revisions

Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai has taken the wraps off its latest Kona Electric SUV, a facelifted and improved version of the outgoing car. It's set to go on sale in early 2021.

The same choice of two powertrains remains: either a 134bhp motor with 39.2kWh battery or a 201bhp motor with 64kWh battery. The former has a range of 189 miles, the latter 300 miles – both unchanged compared to the previous car. Fast charging is supported at up to 100kW for an 80% charge in 47 minutes.

Chief among the Kona's upgrades is a new look that's intended to set it apart from its petrol-powered stablemates. There's no need for airflow to radiators, so there's a new smoothed-off front end, while new bumpers feature front and rear, along with new LED headlights.

The car also loses its contrasting plastic moulding in favour of body-coloured panels, and there are now 10 exterior colours to pick from, up from five for the outgoing model.

Changes inside aren't quite as drastic, limited largely to new 10.25-inch digital dials that join the existing 10.25-inch infotainment system. Ambient lighting has been added to lift the interior, along with a couple of new upholstery options.

Facelifts these days almost always involve the addition of new and improved safety technology and this Kona update is no different; the car now gets blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic assistance and a system that warns occupants if they're about to open their door into oncoming traffic.

Prices for the updated Kona Electric haven't been released yet, but you can expect a small increase over the current model, whose prices start at just under £30,000 and climb to a shade over £38,000.

The updated Kona car will take the fight to rivals including the Peugeot e-2008, Vauxhall Mokka-e and the Kia e-Niro – a car the Kona shares its underpinnings with.

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