Hyundai Kona EV spotted ahead of launch- Will it be the cheapest EV in Malaysia?

Spotted ahead of its launch, the all-electric Hyundai Kona was spotted today at the Ara Damansara Petronas station by Facebook user Adi Azri Ari.

The first-generation Hyundai Kona electric never made it to the Malaysian market, but the facelifted version we see here might just be the ‘affordable’ electric car some of us have been anticipating.

Photo: Adi Azri Ari

Globally, the Hyundai Kona electric is offered with two battery options and two electric motor power outputs.

The first option is to get the Hyundai Kona electric with a 39-kWh battery pack and a 135 PS/395 Nm electric motor powering the front wheels. Over in the UK, this is offered in “SE” and “Premium” trim.

The 39-kWh battery pack provides a 305-km EV driving range.

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The second option is to get it with a 64-kWh battery pack and a 204 PS/395 Nm electric motor powering the front wheels. This is available in the “Premium” and “Ultimate” trim in the UK. Hyundai claims a 484-km range is possible with the 64-kWh battery pack.

All versions of the Hyundai Kona electric are capable of 11-kW AC charging. As for DC fast charging, it can be 50 kW or 77 kW depending on the variant.

Whether both or just one of the options will be launched in Malaysia is still unknown.

Safety features of the Hyundai Kona electric include:

  1. Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  2. Highway Drive Assist (HDA)
  3. Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)
  4. ISLW (Intelligent Speed Limit Warning)
  5. Lane Follow Assist (LFA)
  6. Lane Keep Assist (LKA)
  7. Rear Cross Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist (RCA)

On the inside, the Kona electric is equipped with a 10.25” touchscreen head unit with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.

With prices of the ICE Hyundai Kona ranging from RM 119,888 (2.0-litre base variant) to RM 156,888 (1.6-litre turbo N-line), there is a sliver of hope of the Hyundai Kona electric being somewhat ‘affordable’ for the average EV enjoyer.

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