Hyundai Kona Electric gets a range of tech upgrades for 2021

Updated for 2021, the Hyundai Kona Electric has a bold new look and while the powertrain hasn’t changed, 2021 models benefit from a range of new features. The Kona Electric’s new stylish SUV looks are backed up with a long driving range that means 120,000 have been sold in just two years.

This new upgrade enhances the Kona’s clean EV looks with a closed grille and an asymmetrical charging port in the front bumper. The upgrade also adds daytime running lights that really enhance the Kona’s wide stance, plus narrower headlights for a distinctive new look from the front.

Perhaps the most appealing to potential buyers are the technology upgrades. Inside, there’s a 10.25-inch digital cluster and customers can upgrade for extra multimedia and convenience features including Bluelink®, Apple CarPlay®, and Android Auto™ connectivity. The Bluelink upgrade is particularly useful as it allows users to connect to the car via a smartphone to get information on range and battery state, as well as charging times.

For those that regularly travel to new places, the Kona also offers live parking information to alert users to the location and price of nearby parking spaces. Driving is easier, too, with Hyundai’s SmartSense feature that includes cross-traffic collision alert and blind-spot collision-avoidance assist. These features don’t just show a warning to the driver but will apply the brakes where necessary.

This is all on top of the range that the Kona Electric has become known for. The long-range version features a 64 kWh battery and an electric motor that pushes out 201 BHP, giving a WLTP range of 300 miles. Smart regenerative braking also makes life easier for drivers, with paddles behind the wheel that allow the user to change the intensity of the braking.

For SUV shoppers, the Hyundai Kona Electric presents an appealing choice. The exterior upgrades for 2021 give this car a more sleek, green presence while the technology updates tick a lot of boxes for drivers.

Jess Shanahan

Author:Jess Shanahan
Date Updated:16th Nov 2020

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