Sportier-looking Hyundai Kona Electric locked in for Australia

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Hyundai has given the Kona Electric the sporty N Line treatment for the first time ever.

For now the South Korean carmaker has only detailed the Kona Electric N Line for the UK and European markets, though Hyundai Australia has confirmed it will arrive locally later this year.

This is the first time every single powertrain option available for the Kona is offered with the sporty-looking N Line kit. Petrol and hybrid versions of the Kona N Line are already on sale locally.

In the UK, the Kona Electric N Line is available in two different trims – N Line and N Line S – and both are equipped with a 65kWh battery pack. This battery pack is available on Extended Range versions of the Kona Electric locally.

Standard equipment on the UK-specification Hyundai Kona Electric N Line include an EV N Line body kit which does without the aggressive rear spoiler of its combustion counterparts, 19-inch alloy wheels, gloss black side mirrors, metal pedals, black headliner and N Line seats with red contrast stitching.

The UK-spec Kona Electric N Line S receives the full-width Horizon Centre daytime running light and projector LED headlights, as well as Alcantara and leather-trimmed seats, a Bose sound system, and dual-zone climate control.

Optional extras on the Kona Electric N Line S also include an electric sunroof, digital key, premium relaxation front seats, Remote Smart Park Assist, heated charging door, Highway Driving Assist 2, and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist 2.0.

At this stage Hyundai Australia hasn’t detailed the pricing and specification of the local Kona Electric N Line.

As recently reported, the core Hyundai Kona Electric range now opens at $54,000 before on-roads for the Standard Range model, which is $500 more affordable than the previous-generation entry-level equivalent.

This is despite the new-generation model having a 24 per cent larger lithium-ion battery pack (48.6kWh v 39.2kWh), and 21 per cent more range (370km v 305km).

There’s also the Kona Electric Extended Range which is available in Premium trim. The latter is priced from $68,000 before on-roads, which is $4000 more than the previous-generation flagship.

All new-generation Kona Electrics have a redesigned front-mounted electric motor which the company says has decreased torque ripple, resulting in smoother and more linear acceleration.

They also have a battery conditioning system and heat pump, as well as faster AC and DC charging speeds compared to the previous-generation model.

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