2021 Hyundai Kona Electric Facelift Coming To India Soon
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2021 Hyundai Kona Electric Facelift Coming To India Soon

The Hyundai Kona Electric, as the name suggests, is the electrified version of the standard Kona. And just like the standard model, the Kona Electric is also a subcompact crossover, but one that runs entirely on electricity. Since July 2019, Hyundai has been offering the Kona Electric to customers in India that want a trendy electric vehicle. However, since it retails for between Rs 23.76 lakh to Rs 23.95 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Kona Electric’s appeal is limited. Despite that, its sales in India has been relatively alright. And with the likes of the MG ZS EV and Tata Nexon EV raising the bar within this narrow slice of the market, Hyundai decided to do the same.

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2021 Hyundai Kona Electric front three quarter

With the introduction of the upcoming 2021 Kona Electric (facelift), Hyundai should be able to level the playing field. One of the ways it is going to achieve that is by going under the knife. Hyundai has spruced up the exterior styling of the Kona Electric, and it definitely looks sharper and nicer now. The front fascia has been completely revised with sleeker LED daytime-running lights, larger triple-element LED headlamps, and vertically-arranged intakes. Moreover, Hyundai has completely gotten rid of the faux front grille which was present in the older model. In its place, there is now a bumper-integrated charging port. The lower apron has been redesigned as well.

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2021 Hyundai Kona Electric facelift side profile

The other changes on the 2021 Kona Electric include its body-colored wheel arches, newer wheel design and different side skirts. Oh, the rear now gets a different bumper design and new LED tail lamps. And while the wheelbase of the facelifted Kona Electric hasn’t been changed, its overall length has gone up by 40mm. This means that there shouldn’t be any real difference in kneeroom or legroom between this new model and the outgoing one.

2021 Hyundai Kona Electric facelift rear three quarter

However, Hyundai has made some other (more noticeable) changes in the cabin of the upcoming new Kona Electric. Its features list now includes mood lighting, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster & 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, plus Hyundai’s latest BlueLink connectivity function. Do note that these (among several others) are what the international-spec Kona Electric gets.

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2021 Hyundai Kona Electric facelift interior

Overall, however, the interior of the 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric lives up to what the exterior leads you to believe. This is very much a hip and modern cabin that can handle five adults without much trouble. There are also some shiny bits of trim on the doors, steering wheel, center console and pedestal. This should help in making this interior feel even more interesting and airy at the same time.

2021 Hyundai Kona Electric facelift infotainment system

As for its build quality and fit-and-finish, the facelift has made things better for the Kona Electric. Still, this is by no means a premium car and it won’t take you long to find some scratchy plastic. But given the Kona Electric’s charm and its targeted audience, such issues might as well be trivial.

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2021 Hyundai Kona Electric facelift digital instrument cluster

On the mechanical side of things, the 2021 Kona Electric will be the same as its precursor. This means a 39.2kWh battery pack and a single electric motor that produces 134hp and 395Nm of torque. Charging the Kona’s battery from 0 to 100 percent using a 7.2kWh Wallbox charger will take around 6 hours. However, if you have access to a 50kW DC quick charger, you can top-up the battery from 0 to 80 percent in under an hour. In terms of its will to charge forward, the Hyundai Kona Electric isn’t the fastest electric car around. Still, you can go from naught to 100 kmph in less than 10 seconds. Not as rapid as a Tesla, but hey, you aren’t paying as much either.

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