Hyundai has just officially announced the 2022 model year Kona Electric for the U.S., which as we know is getting a significant refresh (not related to the battery/powertrain though). The South Korean brand is also refreshing its conventional Kona and even adds a sporty N Line trim.

The new version was redesigned, both on the exterior and interior, better equipped and improved, which makes this great small, all-electric crossover/SUV even better. However, it seems that there are not changes to battery capacity, range, efficiency or drive units (see detailed specs attached down below).

Sales of the new Kona should start soon. In the U.S., the car (only the 64 kWh battery version) will arrive in the spring and it will be produced in Ulsan, South Korea. Europe will get two battery versions (39.2 kWh and 64 kWh), and we believe that most of the cars for Europe will be produced in Czechia.

2022 Hyundai Kona Electric
2022 Hyundai Kona Electric
Hyundai Kona Electric
outgoing Hyundai Kona Electric

New Hyundai Kona Electric

When describing the new Kona Electric, Hyundai lists:

  • Redesigned exterior (25 mm / 1.6 inches longer than the previous version) and interior (including a 10.25-inch digital cluster and 10.25-inch navigation center stack display)
  • Upgrades in connectivity and convenience features, including the latest generation Hyundai Bluelink
    • Connected Charge Management Services features:
      • Start or stop charging
      • Set-up charging schedule with days of the week and time
      • Current battery level with real-time electric and fuel range
      • Real-time fuel range
      • Plug status (in/out)
      • Charge status
      • Time left until fully charged
  • Suspension updates enhance both responsiveness and ride comfort
  • improved safety suite with new active and passive safety features. Hyundai SmartSense Available Active Safety Features:
    • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA)
    • Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA)
    • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA)
    • Rear Occupant Alert (ROA)
    • Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with stop and go
    • Highway Drive Assist (HDA)
    • Lane Following Assist (LFA)
    • Safe Exit Warning (SEW)

Redesigned exterior

"The Kona Electric has also been freshened with a new, sleeker front fascia design. The former dimpled grille area has been replaced with a sleek new aerodynamic shape with a prominent horizontal character line immediately below the badging and DRLs. New headlamps and DRLs provide a fresh new illumination signature, and the lower fascia opening boasts clean horizontal strakes.

New lower fender sculpted vents are both sporty and aerodynamically functional. In profile, a sporty new alloy wheel design has been optimized for efficient airflow. From the rear, a new bumper fascia design carries the lower valance strake elements through to the rear of the vehicle, and a new tail lamp design neatly finishes the rear view."

New Hyundai Kona Electric in Europe
New Hyundai Kona Electric in Europe

Redesigned interior

"Inside, the center-stack and center-cluster displays are all new for the Electric as well, with large 10.25 screens in each area for superb driver visibility. The lower center console storage area has also been redesigned with wireless charging capability and efficient use of space."

2022 Hyundai Kona Electric
2022 Hyundai Kona Electric

A cool thing about the Hyundai Kona Electric is a battery warmer system (standard on SEL Convenience trim and above).

"The system helps prevent excessively long battery-charging intervals in cold temperatures. In addition, in Winter Mode, the battery warmer can minimize battery-power losses due to low winter temperatures."

As of November 2020, the cumulative sales of Kona Electric was above 120,000 (including more than 53,000 in Europe).

Hyundai Kona Electric specs

Hyundai Kona Electric (64 kWh) specs:

  • Range
    EPA: 258 miles (415 km)
    MPGe is 132 city, 108 highway, and 120 combined
    WLTP: 484 km (301 miles)
  • 64 kWh battery (liquid-cooled, 356 V)
  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.9 seconds
  • top speed of 167 km/h (104 mph)
  • front-wheel drive
  • peak system output of 150 kW and 395 Nm of torque
    permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor
  • AC charging (on-board):
    U.S.: 7.2 kW single-phase
    Europe: 7.2 kW single-phase or 10.5 kW three-phase as option
    10-100%: 9h 15min @7.2 kW and 6h 50min @10.5 kW
  • DC fast charging:
    10-80% in 64 minutes (using a 50 kW charger)
    10-80% in 47 minutes (using a 100 kW charger)
  • U.S.: battery warranty: 10-year/100,000 mile Limited Battery Warranty

Hyundai Kona Electric (39.2 kWh) specs:

  • Range WLTP: 305 km (190 miles)
  • 39.2 kWh battery (liquid-cooled, 327 V)
  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.9 seconds
  • top speed of 155 km/h (96 mph)
  • front-wheel drive
  • peak system output of 100 kW and 395 Nm of torque
    permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor
  • AC charging (on-board):
    Europe: 7.2 kW single-phase or 10.5 kW three-phase as option
    10-100%: 6h @7.2 kW and 4h 20min @10.5 kW
  • DC fast charging:
    10-80% in 48 minutes (using a 50 kW charger)
    10-80% in 47 minutes (using a 100 kW charger)
New Hyundai Kona Electric specs (Europe) PDF  

Gallery: 2022 Hyundai Kona Electric

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