Hyundai Kona Electric gets new charging and interior tech for 2019

Updated specification for all-electric Hyundai Kona crossover includes infotainment changes and a new on-board charging cable

Hyundai Kona Electric 2019 update

Hyundai has announced a range of small updates to the battery powered Kona Electric, with first deliveries of the refreshed version of the Kia e-Niro rival penned in the diary for the end of 2019.

The updates come just under a year after initial market launch, with the inclusion of a new 11-kW three-phase on-board AC charger cable the most practical addition. The new, higher current cable means recharging using a public three-phase AC point or home-based wall box is completed “significantly faster”, but Hyundai has not shared a revised recharge time.

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Elsewhere, the Kona Electric receives an updated infotainment package broadcast through a 10.25-inch central touchscreen display with a wide split-screen user interface.

Alongside the updated display, Hyundai has also tweaked the Kona Electric’s Blue Link connectivity app. Blue Link allows owners to control aspects of the car remotely via a smartphone. With the app installed it’s possible to pre-heat or cool the Kona’s interior, unlock and start the car all with a tap on a phone. Blue Link also serves as a diagnostics tool if something goes wrong, and is bundled with Hyundai’s eCall service too, which can automatically contact emergency services in the event of a serious road accident.

Elsewhere, the Kona Electric gains a bit of additional luxury in the availability of heated rear seats for the very first time.

With deliveries set for the end of 2019, a revised pricing structure for the Kona Electric has not yet been revealed, though we don’t expect prices for either the 39kWh or longer range, 279 mile car to change all too much. However, prospective UK buyers will have to wait a while to place their order - the UK’s Kona Electric allocation for 2019 is sold out, and those interested can only occupy a spot on the 2020 waiting list.

Click here to read about how the Hyundai Kona Electric coped being part of the Auto Express long term fleet...

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