Hyundai’s Ioniq EV has proven to be a success and an electric Kona is set to follow. An official debut is expected for the 2018 Geneva Motor Show next March, but a camouflaged test mule was spied charging ahead of its reveal.
What gave it away was the distinct wheel design, though we can expect to see a few design tweaks to set it apart from its internal combustion sibling and to accommodate the charger port in front. Not much else can be gleaned from the prototype.
As for the powertrain, CarScoops suggests two variants with different sized batteries. The entry level model may feature a 39.2kWh pack while the range-topping model could carry a 64.2kWh unit. When calculated using the official EU cycle, the larger battery is expected to offer more than 310 miles of range on a single charge, which could mean a range of 186 to 217 miles for the average driver.
If true, these numbers would put it ahead of the new Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe, provided that Hyundai prices it competitively.
The new Kona EV brings Hyundai one step closer to its goal of launching 15 hybrid, PHEV, all-electric and fuel-cell models by 2020.