Hyundai Australia is set to add the new electric Kona compact SUV to its range by 2019.
Officially the electric SUV is presently "under study" by the South Korean brand's local arm, however, TMR understands that the decision has already been made to have the new EV in local showrooms by 2019.
It is part of a push by the brand to offer more ‘eco-friendly’ models, including the new Ioniq range of EV, plug-in hybrid and hybrid small cars later in 2018 as well as the Nexo hydrogen fuel cell SUV in 2019.
Hyundai teased details of the Kona EV earlier this year, revealing it would be offered with two different powertrains, one of which it claims will make it the most powerful EV in its class.
The only other key detail it has teased is the Kona EV will have a driving range of approximately 470km.
The South Korean brand is on a big push towards alternative fuels with 31 ‘eco-friendly’ models set to be launched by 2025. That will include plug-in hybrids, fully electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as the brand looks to cut its emissions in key markets around the world, specifically China and Europe.