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2018 Hyundai Kona
2018 Hyundai Kona Electric teaser Photo: Supplied
 
 

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Dom Tripolone | Feb, 08 2018 | 0 Comments

In the lead up to the Geneva Motor Show Hyundai has confirmed an electric version of its Kona small SUV is coming.

Although most details have been kept under wraps for the moment, Hyundai promises the Kona Electric will be one of the most powerful electric vehicles in its segment.

Hyundai has also claimed that the Kona will have a range just shy of 470km, and will come with two powertrain options.

The move to electrify its smallest SUV follows the car maker's launch of the more traditional Ioniq hatch overseas, with the green model set to arrive in Australia within the next few months, and reflects the brand's overall strategy to release 18 eco-friendly models globally by 2025.

As with other automakers, Hyundai’s application of electrification will see full EVs joined by a number of hybrid versions of existing model lines, including four- and rear-wheel drive vehicles, which potentially could mean a hybrid model of the next-generation Santa Fe and several Genesis models as well.

Electric vehicles aren’t Hyundai’s only future powertrain plan, with hydrogen fuel cells, like the Nexo SUV which was revealed at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in January, also underpinning the South Korean brand’s future mobility strategy.

The Hyundai Nexo FCV is the brand's second-generation hydrogen vehicle, following the previous ix35 FCV, and while it will only be available in a select few markets, 20 models are confirmed to arrive in Canberra as part of a sustainable energy project with the CSIRO.

Hyundai will reveal full details of the Kona electric on the eve of the Geneva show.

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