Hyundai says it will launch a less expensive, shorter-range all-electric Kona on the Australian market in a bid to make it more moderate and available to more drivers.
Priced from $54,000 before on-street costs in the Elite trim, the “Standard Range” Kona Electric has a 39.2kWh battery and offers 305km driving range (WLTP, so expect a bit lower in real-world driving conditions, and on the freeway). The top-range Highlander trim beginnings at $58,000.
Simultaneously, Hyundai is further dropping the cost of the two its in long-range Kona Electric variants by $1,500 and $2,000 respectively, after price decreases from Tesla for its famous Model 3.
The Kona Elite trim currently begins at $60,500 before on-street costs while the Highlander is priced from $64,000. In certain states, like NSW and Victoria, a $3,000 rebate is being offered for EVs in this price range.
“The new Kona Electric Standard Range gives customers zero-emissions electric motoring in an attractive, sporty and practical small SUV, and at more accessible price.” Hyundai Australia CEO Jun Heo said in a statement.
“It is Hyundai’s intention to establish leadership for eco cars in Australia. We already have the most diverse range of electrified vehicles including Kona Electric, NEXO our hydrogen-powered SUV and the soon to launch game changing IONIQ 5.
“Hyundai is leading Australia’s charge towards a greener transport future.”
At the point when first launched in 2019, Hyundai decided to prioritise the longer-range Kona Electric with 64kWh battery, that Hyundai says it will currently call the “Extended Range” and can drive more than 480km on a single charge.
At that point, it was the only electric SUV option on the Australian market priced under $70,000. From that point forward, it has been joined by the Mazda MX-30 at $A65,490, the Kia e-Niro at $62,590 and the MG ZS EV at $41,990 (all before on-street costs).
Forming against its competitors, the Standard Range Kona Electric has similar torque as its longer-range equivalent as well as the e-Niro, and keeping in mind that it doesn’t beat the MG and the Mazda on power it has an any longer range in addition to a smaller sticker cost than the Mazda.
It will be accessible in a range of seven colours. Both white and an electrifyingly blue colour named “Dive In Jeju” can be picked at no additional cost, metallic grey, blue or red, or a mica dark blue or black are accessible for an extra $595. A grey/black interior trim can be picked to supplement certain colours for $295.
The Highlander accompanies a sunroof yet additionally has a cost-free two-tone black roof option which negates the sunroof.
The two trims accompany a range of safety help features from lane keeping and following, back cross traffic collision warnings, avoidance assist, safe exit warnings and smart cruise control.
Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, digital radio, an eight-speaker Harman Kardon system as well as 10.25″ sat nav screen come as standard.
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