Hyundai Shows Off New-look 2022 Kona Electric

A few weeks ago, we saw images and details about the redesigned 2022 Hyundai Kona. Now, it’s the new-look Kona Electric’s turn to show its face.

In addition to fresh styling, Hyundai is adding more technology, safety and practicality to the battery-powered variant of the hugely popular sub-compact SUV (120,000 units sold globally since launching in 2018).

A Bit of Tesla

The changes naturally reflect those of the gasoline model while maintaining the distinctive character of the Kona Electric. Highlights include new headlights, daytime running lights and taillights, plus revised front and rear bumpers. The front fascia no longer tries to simulate a grille and instead sports a clean, smooth surface not unlike what we see on Tesla cars. The charging port is still mounted asymmetrically.

Photo: Hyundai

On the sides, sharp new wheel designs are part of the mix, while the wheel arches retain a body-coloured treatment. Vertical air inlets in front of the wheel arch claddings enhance aerodynamics, substantially reducing turbulence in the front wheelhouse area, Hyundai claims.

The updated Kona Electric is also 25 millimetres longer and offers several new paint options, although those vary from one market to another, so let’s wait for Canadian specifications.

Inside, the 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster expands to 10.25 inches, while the centre touchscreen is available in 8- and 10.25-inch sizes. The standard display comes with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. BlueLink connected services, which enable remote control and monitoring of certain vehicle functions including charging, have been enhanced with extra navigation functionality, among other things.

Photo: Hyundai

Same Motor and Battery

Nothing changes as far as performance is concerned. The 2022 Hyundai Kona Electric still relies on a 150-kW (201-hp) electric motor and a 64-kWh battery providing a range of 415 kilometres. That’s better than most of today’s EVs, but will it still be the case in 2-3 years?

Of course, it’s possible to get longer range than the official number advertised by Hyundai. To wit: three production models set a new range record of 1,026 kilometres on a single battery charge at the Lausitzring in Germany in August.

By the way, the battery can regain 80 percent of its full capacity in 54 minutes using a level-3 fast-charging station (100 kW). With a level-2 power source at home (7.2 kW/240 V), the full process takes 9.5 hours. 

Photo: Hyundai

Increased Safety

Last but not least, Hyundai has made improvements to the suite of SmartSense safety and driver assistance features on the Kona Electric. For example, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist and Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist don’t just offer warnings to drivers, they also implement the brakes where necessary. Further new safety features include Safe Exit Warning and Rear Seat Alert—something parents in particular will be happy about.

The 2022 Hyundai Kona will arrive in Canadian showrooms next spring. Expect the new Kona Electric to follow shortly after. 

Photo: Hyundai
Share on Facebook

More on the subject

ElectricSeveral EV Models Now Under Investigation for Fire Risks
Electric vehicle technology is progressing quite rapidly, but there are still a number of issues automakers and battery suppliers need to address. Have you ever heard of EVs catching fire for some obscure reasons, whether after a crash or while charging? Accounts of incidents like these are sometimes pretty alarming.
New Models2022 Hyundai Kona Officially Unveiled With New Looks, N Line Model
Hyundai didn’t waste time revealing its updated and redesigned Kona following last week’s teasers. New looks, new tech and the first-ever Kona N Line for sporty drivers are the main highlights. Let’s go over the details… A Bolder, Meaner Kona Standing 40 mm longer than the outgoing model, the new …
NewsThe Car Guide’s 2020 Best Buys: Hyundai Kona
Every year, The Car Guide publishes its Best Buys in nearly 30 different vehicle categories. Today we continue our review of the 2020 winners with a look at subcompact SUVs , definitely one of the hottest market segments in the auto industry for the past couple of years. The Hyundai …
ElectricThis is the Platform Future Hyundai and Kia EVs Will Ride On
Hyundai ’s electrification plan is certainly an ambitious one: to launch 23 models (including 11 dedicated EVs) and sell over one million electrified vehicles globally by 2025. And that’s not even counting sister company Kia , which anticipates 11 models (including seven dedicated EVs) by 2027. The foundation of all …
NewsCOVID-19: Hyundai is Now Offering At-home Test Drives
As the second wave of COVID-19 keeps getting more serious and people are encouraged to further limit their trips, Hyundai Canada is launching a new at-home test drive program—a first for a mainstream automaker in the country. Thanks to the 199 participating dealers across Canada (out of a total of …
ElectricHyundai is Reportedly Having Talks With Apple About EVs
Hyundai is said to have engaged in preliminary discussions with Apple to cooperate on electric cars and batteries, according to a report by the Korea Economic Daily . In a statement to Reuters and CNBC, the Korean automaker clarified that "discussions are at an early stage and nothing has been …
NewsHyundai Kona N is Confirmed, to Debut Later in 2021
After announcing a mid-cycle update to the Kona for 2022 , including the addition of a sporty N Line model, Hyundai has just confirmed what many performance enthusiasts have been anticipating for over a year now: a Kona N is coming! The Hyundai N lineup, which features the Veloster N …
News2022 Hyundai Kona Gets New CVT, More Powerful Turbo Engine
Originally introduced in 2018, the Hyundai Kona is on a serious roll. It even finished among the three best-selling SUVs in Canada last year, behind the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. Think about that. Many new competitors have hit the market recently and others will be redesigned soon, so the …
ElectricHyundai to Replace All Kona EV Batteries Globally
Back in October, we told you that Hyundai planned to recall more than 76,000 Kona Electric SUVs around the world, including 4,375 in Canada, over battery cell fire risks. Fifteen cases have been reported so far, including two in Canada. According to Reuters , the Korean automaker has finally agreed …
NewsHyundai Kona N Teased Further With Juicy Details
The all-new Hyundai Kona N was first confirmed back in January and it will make its official debut later in 2021. In the meantime, the company is giving us more pictures and technical details to whet our appetite. Similar to the Veloster N , the Kona N will feature an …
ElectricThings Continue to Get Worse for Hyundai Kona Electric
The Hyundai Kona Electric was a promising little EV that was initially met with strong demand, but as it turns out the end may be soon. Why? You can blame issues with the high-voltage battery once again. Fifteen cases of fire have been reported so far, including two in Canada.
New Models2022 Hyundai Kona N Debuts as 276-Horsepower Hot SUV
No more wait, no more speculation. Hyundai has now officially unveiled the new 2022 Kona N, the high-performance version of its popular small crossover . As part of the first-ever “Hyundai N Day” event, the company also announced it will expand its global N and N Line portfolio to 18 …