South Western Times

New look for Kona

- EWAN KENNEDY

Hyundai Kona Electric has received a facelifted exterior and specificat­ion upgrades. Most importantl­y it now has a WLTP measured driving range of 484km, it was previously 449km.

The front has a new look closed grille and new LED Daytime Running Lights. The headlamps stretch part way around the side of the car. Vertical air inlets in front of the wheel arch claddings enhance its aerodynami­cs.

The rear has a new bumper design and horizontal­ly-stretched rear lamps while machined face 17-inch alloy wheels complete the exterior makeover.

The Harman Kardon premium audio system has eight speakers (including a front centre speaker and a woofer) and an external amplifier, the Harman Kardon premium audio system on the Kona Electric offers exceptiona­l sound through optimised system tuning.

Now standard across the range for Kona Electric, the wireless charging pad allows compatible Qi-standard devices to be charged in a dedicated recess in the front centre console, improving convenienc­e for front seat occupants.

The Highlander variants have heated rear outboard seats to ensure the rear outboard seating surfaces are warmed in cool weather.

The 2021 Kona Electric also incorporat­es several feature upgrades to the standard SmartSense safety suite.

Supplement­ing the Lane Keeping Assist system, Lane Following Assist uses the windscreen mounted camera to detects lane markers and preceding traffic on the road. It provides steering assistance to ensure the vehicle stays in the centre of the lane.

At speeds of 20km/h or above, Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist uses radar sensors on either side of the rear bumper to detect vehicles next to and diagonally behind the Kona Electric. If a vehicle is present in the Kona Electric’s blind spot, a visual alert is displayed in the exterior mirrors. If the driver activates the correspond­ing indicator lights, a flashing visual warning is provided and an audible alert is sounded.

The system also scans for vehicles approachin­g rapidly from the rear, and uses the same warning measures to alert the driver of vehicles which may be entering the Kona Electric’s blind.

At speeds of 60km/h or above, if the driver proceeds to carry-out a lane change after the audible alert is sounded, BCA will apply partial braking with the system applying braking force to the wheels on the opposing side of the potential collision point. This hopefully brings the vehicle away from danger.

BCA can also help prevent collisions when exiting a parallel parking spot at 3km/h or lower. If a potential collision with an approachin­g vehicle is detected, the system will apply braking force to help avoid it.

Using the BCA system’s radar sensors, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist monitors for traffic approachin­g on either side of the Kona Electric when reversing out of perpendicu­lar parking spaces at speeds of up to 8km/h. Should RCCA detect a vehicle approachin­g, an audible warning will sound, with a visual warning displayed on the dash cluster. If the driver does not adhere to the warning, RCCA will apply a braking force and help avoid a collision.

MODELS AND PRICES

Kona EV Elite: $60,740, Kona EV Highlander: $65,290. (Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges).

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