Hyundai Kona Electric given bolder look and more kit

The Hyundai Kona Electric SUV has followed its petrol-engined sibling in receiving refreshed styling and a raft of technology upgrades for 2021.

The most dramatic of the changes is the removal of the grille panel, with the EV adopting a smooth front that sets it apart more obviously from the regular Kona.

That car’s new narrow LED daytime-running lights and redesigned headlights are carried over, however, as are the wraparound body crease and aerodynamics-enhancing lower air inlets. The rear end has largely been left untouched, but subtly reshaped lights help to distinguish it from the old car.

The Kona Electric now has a 10.25-inch digital dial display as standard, while a recent update ushered in an optional same-sized touchscreen, up from the standard 8.0in one. In addition, rear passengers now gain heated seats and a new USB port.

Upgrades to Hyundai’s Bluelink connectivity service bring voice control, remote charging to benefit from off-peak energy rates and remote climate control to preheat the car if it’s plugged in.

The Kona Electric remains available with a 39.2kWh battery and a 100kW motor for a 305-kilometre range or a 64kWh battery and a 150kW motor for a 480-kilometre range.

New safety features for 2021 include blindspot assistance, rear cross-traffic assistance and  safe exit warning.

The updated car is due on sale by March. Pricing has yet to be revealed.

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