Hyundai leads the charge with eco-friendly models
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