Hyundai leads the charge with eco-friendly mod­els

Gloucestershire Echo - - MOTORING NEWS - by MIKE TORPEY

HYUNDAI is an­swer­ing de­mands for more Su­vstyle eco-mo­bil­ity mod­els by en­hanc­ing its pop­u­lar Kona line-up with the launch of a new hybrid vari­ant.

Seen as a nat­u­ral ex­ten­sion to the ex­ist­ing Kona fam­ily, the new­comer of­fers an ef­fi­cient full hybrid pow­er­train and fea­tures a range of tech­nol­ogy in­clud­ing ad­vanced Blue Link con­nec­tiv­ity, Smart­sense ac­tive safety and driv­ing as­sis­tance sys­tems, as well as state-of-the-art in­fo­tain­ment fea­tures.

The orig­i­nal Kona, which takes its name from a dis­trict of Hawaii, orig­i­nally launched in 2017 as Hyundai’s first sub-com­pact SUV in Europe.

And last year the brand also in­tro­duced the Kona Elec­tric, its first full elec­tric com­pact SUV.

In ad­di­tion, Hyundai un­veiled a spe­cial Kona Iron Man Edi­tion with a lim­ited global pro­duc­tion run.

In fact since the orig­i­nal Kona ar­rived on the mar­ket in Oc­to­ber

2017, nearly 120,000 in to­tal have been sold in Europe.

En­hance­ments are also the name of the game for Hyundai’s ecofriendl­y Ioniq, the world’s first car with three elec­tri­fied pow­er­trains hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full elec­tric.

So the lat­est mod­els get the same new tech as the Kona as well as in­te­rior and ex­te­rior de­sign tweaks and 36 per cent added en­ergy ca­pac­ity thanks to an up­graded 38.3-kwh bat­tery.

Ioniq prices are from £21,795 for a 1.6 GDI Hybrid SE.

Mean­while, the sec­ond mild hybrid pow­er­train from Hyundai has made its de­but in the lat­est Tuc­son SUV in the shape of a 48-volt set up mated to a 1.6-litre diesel en­gine.

Com­bined with a man­ual trans­mis­sion it in­creases fuel econ­omy to 50.4mpg - up from 48.7mpg on the non-hybrid 1.6-litre diesel model.

The mild hybrid ar­range­ment works by us­ing an elec­tri­cal sys­tem to help the en­gine un­der ac­cel­er­a­tion, re­duc­ing the amount of work it has to do and also en­ables more ef­fec­tive stop/start op­er­a­tion in­clud­ing idling the en­gine when the clutch is dis­en­gaged at low speeds.

As a re­sult the en­gine does not burn as much fuel and with­out any im­pact on per­for­mance - 0 to 60mph ac­cel­er­a­tion from the 1.6 is 11.8 sec­onds which is the same as the reg­u­lar 136ps en­gine. A sporty ad­di­tion to the Tuc­son range is the new N-line trim, with prices from £25,995. And a cou­ple of Play spe­cial edi­tions have been added to Hyundai’s small car line-up.

The 1.0-litre i10 PLAY is avail­able from £11,195, the same price as the i10 SE and in­cludes higher trim spec Avail­able from £14,495, the 1.2-litre i20 PLAY is priced at £1,000 less than the i20 SE and again in­cludes spec from higher in the range.

The Kona Elec­tric is Hyundai’s first full elec­tric com­pact SUV.

Hyundai’s eco-friendly Ioniq

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