It’s not an early Christmas gift, exactly, given the price point being put on it. But we now know details and pricing of the 2019 Hyundai Kona electric for the Canadian market thanks to an announcement by Hyundai Canada.
The wait has been long to get details for the Kona EV, so here we go without delay: the base model Preferred version will be offered at a starting price of $45,599m while the Ultimate edition will set buyers back at least $51,999.
These amounts do not take into account provincial EV rebates available in British Columbia and Quebec.
The Kona Preferred will come with standard heated front seats and steering wheel, as well as a heat pump and a battery-temperature management system to minimize the loss of charge in cold weather. It will also be equipped with quick charging plug that can take the battery to an 80% charge in just 54 minutes. Estimated range for the Kona electric, as already announced, is 415 km.
As for popular functions and technologies like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, they are part of the basic package and can be accessed via the multimedia system’s 7-inch touchscreen.
As for safety and drive assist equipment, Hyundai SmasrtSense package of features comes standard as well. This encompasses forward collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, blind spot alert with lane change assist, rear transversal collision alert, lane keep assist, rear parking sensors, driver distraction alert and adaptive cruise control. forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, blind-spot collision warning with lane change assist, rear cross-traffic collision warning, lane departure warning with lane keeping assist, parking distance warning, driver attention warning and adaptive cruise control with stop & go.
For the Kona Ultimate version, Hyundai adds leather seating, head-up display with a small (and fragile) pop-up plastic screen, 8-inch touchscreen with navigation, Infinity premium audio system, 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, ventilated front seats, power sunroof, LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers and auto-dimming rear-view mirror.
Hyundai is expected to begin delivering the Kona electric to dealerships in January.