Hyundai is starting to hype its upcoming all-electric Kona subcompact SUV.
In case you couldn’t tell by now, all-electric cars are the latest big thing sweeping the automotive world. Compact SUVs are also a big thing since price-conscious millennials want something economical, but can still survive driving over a pot-holed road, what with the whole lack of infrastructure spending happening in most of North America.
So, what better way to kill two birds with one stone than to make an all-electric compact SUV? An electric crossover, if you will.
That’s exactly what Hyundai did, taking it’s respectable Kona line of subcompact SUVs and removing all the icky gasoline parts and replacing them with pure electric goodness.
“The All-New Kona Electric enables customers to combine the two worlds of eco-mobility and subcompact SUV style,” the company said in a press release, also releasing a video at the same time that shows the silhouette of a Kona being bombarded by little blue balls of light. Since that apparently represents electricity now.
All fancy light shows aside, the new Kona might actually be a good deal. Hyundai touts the little SUV with dreams will have a range of nearly 300 miles on a single battery charge, which is quickly approaching the range of a tank of gasoline. The company also says that the range figures are based on WLTP testing (which stands for Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure, in case you were wondering) and that’s supposedly far more representative of real-world performance than previous testing models.
"The All-New Kona Electric will feature two different powertrain versions offering customers one of the most powerful electric engines on the market with a class-leading range of almost 470 kilometers (internal target under WLTP regulations) and a great fun-to-drive character,” the press release goes on to explain. “Furthermore, drivers will benefit from a wide range of convenience and connectivity features as well as active safety and driving assistance technologies."
Hyundai will publically unveil the Electric Kona on Feb. 27, 2018, before taking the little electric SUV on tour, starting with the Geneva Motor Show in March.