Simply in time to fight rising fuel costs.
With fuel costs skyrocketing as a result of battle in Ukraine, now has by no means been a greater time to think about an electrified car. The Hyundai Motor Group already gives two stellar electrical automobiles, the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the 2022 Kia EV6. However at $43,650 and $40,900, respectively, we will perceive why some consumers aren’t speeding out to commerce of their getting old gas-guzzler. There’ll quickly be extra choices available on the market although, as Hyundai and Kia have every revealed new particulars about their future electrification strategies, together with plans for three-row family SUVs and a pickup truck.
Talking with inside sources at HMG, EV Pulse discovered extra in regards to the firm’s plans to introduce extra reasonably priced electrified automobiles in the USA. This contains three electrified variants of the next-generation Hyundai Kona (pictured under in spy photographs) in addition to the just lately refreshed 2023 Kia Niro.
The insider says the next-gen Kona (challenge code SX2) will trip on the identical K3 platform because the Niro and use the identical powertrains. This implies we’ll possible obtain hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery-electric powertrains, not like the present Kona, which solely gives fuel and EV choices. The usual Kona Hybrid ought to use a 1.6-liter four-cylinder paired with an electrical motor and six-speed computerized transmission, placing out 139 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. As for the PHEV, it is going to use the identical setup with a bigger 11.1-kWh battery, producing 182 hp.
Hyundai will possible preserve the gas-only Kona, although it is unclear which engine shall be supplied. The Kona at the moment comes with three engine choices, together with a base 147-hp mannequin, a 195-hp turbo mannequin, and the 272-hp Kona N.
Although the Ioniq 5 is a stellar automotive, Hyundai is predicted to maintain the Kona Electrical within the lineup, possible as a extra wallet-friendly possibility for patrons wanting an reasonably priced EV. This new Kona Electrical ought to preserve the prevailing 201-hp score, although torque will reportedly drop from 291 lb-ft to only 188 lb-ft. The change will possible assist Hyundai preserve the price low, and likewise allow higher entrance finish traction than the prevailing mannequin. If pricing stays the identical at $34,000, the Kona Electrical would undercut the Ioniq 5 by almost $10,000.
On the Kia facet of issues, the Soul and Seltos will possible obtain hybridization just like what we have talked about for the Kona and Niro.