The electric car market is still in its infancy, but with the arrival of the Chevrolet Bolt this year that pushes the boundaries in terms of autonomy, we should expect an explosion in the field.
And a dull thud was heard in Korea yesterday.
Hyundai was presenting its Kona, a small urban SUV that will crisscross our roads soon. The new is important for two reasons: first because the newcomer is in a niche in full effervescence, but also because an electric variant offering autonomy similar to the Chevrolet Bolt has been announced.
That’s the big news.
Initially, the first variant of the Kona that will reach us, it will be a version of the most conventional, is equipped with a gasoline engine. In the case of North America, there would normally be two 4-cylinder blocks. A first of a size of 2 liters and a power of 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. A second, turbocharged, 1.6-liter livery of 175 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque.
Assembled on a new platform, the Kona offers a slightly higher position than other players in its niche. Of course, four-wheel drive will be offered, although the vehicle is also available in traction mode.
Hyundai obviously counts on him to explode his sales. The fight looks promising in this segment, which is full of new players such as the Nissan Qashqai, the Toyota C-HR and the Ford EcoSport. Even the sister company of Hyundai, Kia, is preparing the arrival of its version, the Stonic.
Now, about the big news, the one that is causing the planet this morning. Once the Kona is installed on the market, Hyundai will market a fully electric version. The bomb is that the autonomy of this last one will approach the 400 kilometers; We come here playing in the borders of the Chevrolet Bolt.
We had already mentioned that this was going to make things happen. Here is the proof.
For now, Hyundai only confirmed a broadcast in Korea for this version, but it is a secret of punch that it will reach us sooner or later, especially that Kia is also preparing an electric version of its Stonic which will make His debut once the Kona is well in the saddle.
The two Korean firms already have a foothold in the electric world with the new products Ionic (Hyundai) and Niro (Kia). This is proof that they are clearly serious about the future in the field of electrification.