Hyundai is jumping onto the electric bandwagon and they’re planning to launch an electric Kona by the 2018 Geneva motor show along with an A-SUV by 2020. The automaker made this announcement at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, where the Kona made its first ever public appearance at an automotive show.
Newly launched, the subcompact model shares the GB platform with the i20 hatchback, Rio and Stonic. The entry level trim of this unconventionally styled vehicle is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a more powered 1.6 T-GDI four-pot turbo is offered as well. But why stop at gas engines when the automaker can start making their mark in the EV segment.
Autocar spoke with Hyundai’s vice chairman Eui-sun Chung at the Frankfurt Motor Show and he said; “we will launch electric vehicle Kona EV model by next year. We will focus more on eco-friendly cars such as EV and hydrogen-electric cars.”
They’re hoping to repeat the success they had with the Ioniq, which comes in three powertrains; pure electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid. Perhaps we’ll see a hybrid Kona down the road, completing the lineup with its all electric and gas powered siblings.
Until then, we have a Kona Ev to look forward to and it’s speculated to have a range of around 240 miles.