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All-new 2019 Hyundai KONA Electric

The all-new 2019 new Hyundai Kona Electric is the first electric subcompact SUV in Canada. The Kona features a striking design, cutting-edge connectivity and advanced safety features. This ground-breaking vehicle also combines bold and roomy SUV style with impressive electric driving range. The 2019 Kona Electric models will available at Canadian Hyundai dealers in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Kona Electric Exterior Design

The exterior of the Kona Electric features aggressive body styling complemented by a low and wide stance for great looks and confident handling in a variety of urban and adventure-oriented driving environments along with a long wheelbase and short overhangs, ensuring sporty, nimble handling and control, in addition to delivering superior driving stability. Beyond stylish, the Kona Electric coefficient of drag is a low 0.29 Cd, an impressive aerodynamic rating for a compact CUV body style that helps improve driving range.

Kona Electric Interior Capacity and Styling

Even with its compact dimensions and low roof line, the Kona Electric delivers outstanding interior roominess, especially front headroom. A compact rear suspension allows for a lower load floor and seating position to deliver impressive headroom and ease of access for rear occupants. Interior space is maximized for storage while split-folding rear seats fold flat via a dual-level loading floor that yields additional vertical space. As a result, Kona Electric provides a generous 544 litres of rear cargo volume, the same volume as the Kona with an internal combustion engine.

The sleek and simple interior accentuates the modern and efficient exterior design. The shift-by-wire drive controls are situated in a center console with an integrated open-access lower storage bin. The audio/navigation display incorporates advanced infotainment features including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability, and the available eight-inch seamless navigation touchscreen comes with five years of complimentary map updates.

Chassis and Suspension

The front suspension features a MacPherson strut system using an innovative sub-frame bushing design for enhanced comfort and reduced NVH. The MacPherson strut design uses gas-filled shock absorbers and a hollow stabilizer bar for lower weight and enhanced responsiveness. A compact multi-link rear suspension minimizes camber and toe changes throughout the suspension travel range for added stability and ride comfort. Standard 17-inch alloy wheels with 215/55R17 all-season tires provide traction on a variety of road surfaces.

Kona Electric also offers Drive Mode Select, which allows the driver to choose driving modes (Normal, Eco and Sport) that optimize torque distribution, tailoring Kona Electric to a variety of driving preferences and purposes. In Sport mode, there is a greater emphasis on acceleration, while Normal and Eco modes progressively prioritize range over performance with more conservative power-delivery strategies.

Adapted for Canadian Winters

2019 Kona Electric models headed for Canada are equipped with a standard heat pump to improve the HVAC system, reducing power demands to heat the cabin and reducing the affect cold weather has on vehicle range. By using the existing air conditioning cycle, but in reverse, the heat pump adjusts coolant circulation during heating conditions to use external heat – such as from the electric motor, inverter, and other external sources – and redirects it for interior heating purposes. The Kona electric also comes with heated front and rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.

Connectivity and Infotainment

The premium infotainment system offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM Radio, HD Radio and BlueLink telematics. The available eight-inch colour LCD display includes AM/FM/MP3 touchscreen audio, auxiliary inputs, voice-command recognition and Rear View Monitor. The available eight-inch touchscreen navigation display includes Blue Link, Infinity premium audio with eight speakers, subwoofer and Clari-Fi music-restoration technology. Smartphone integration is also included in the premium system, along with wireless smartphone charging.

Safety and Security

Hyundai is the only global car manufacturer to produce its own steel for vehicle production which offers specific benefits to Kona Electric.  Structural integrity and safety can be achieved through a lightweight yet strong unibody structure has been developed with 52 percent Advanced High Strength Steel to deliver leading levels of passive safety characteristics. The platform also features an innovative multi-load path structure – an advanced energy dispersion technology that boosts impact tolerance by dispersing crash energy across multiple structures to protect passengers in the event of an accident.

In addition, the 2019 Kona Electric offers standard Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), which detects a potential collision. In addition, Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW) detects unseen approaching vehicles, while Rear Cross-Traffic Collison Avoidance Assist detects potential collisions when backing out of a parking spot and provides a driver alert and automatic braking assistance.

If you’re interested in the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric, or any of the other great Hyundai SUVs, it’s best to get down to the experts at Mississauga Hyundai and get your name on the waiting list.