Next-gen Hyundai Kona Electric SUV Spotted Testing, Likely to Launch in 2023

A heavily disguised unit of the car has been spotted making test runs.

Hyundai Kona Electric SUV prototype spotted on a test run (Image: Carscoops)

Hyundai has been the frontrunner in the Indian electric vehicle industry, thanks to its Kona electric that debuted in the country back in 2019. The all-electric SUV made a statement in the market at the time, that premium electric vehicles are leagues ahead of their petrol or diesel counterparts. This is especially because they do not suffer from the range anxiety that the more affordable class of EVs are plagued by.

Hyundai is now said to be working on a new generation of the Kona electric. Since there is no official word from the company upon the same, we only have speculations from varied sources around the world to affirm this. Adding to these, are a series of spy shots clicked recently of a heavily disguised vehicle, which is believed to be the new version of Kona.

The images of the Kona electric prototype were clicked by the spy photographers of Carscoops just outside the Hyundai / Kia technical center in Germany. The publication notes that the electric prototype wore the same camouflage during its testing, as the one seen on the IC engine version of the car that was spotted last April.

What hints at the electric nature of the car is the little pocket at the front end. This is likely the charging port for the new-gen Hyundai Kona, just like the one we see on the current variant of the vehicle. In addition, no exhaust pipes were seen on the camouflaged unit out for testing, confirming that it used an electric drivetrain.

Because of the disguise, we cannot make much of the electric car as of now. What we can expect to see upon its launch, however, is a slight makeover with design highlights, a new set of interiors inspired by the Ioniq 5, as well as performance upgrades that will likely take the EV’s range to a new level.

Carscoops cites industry sources to predict that the new Kona electric will be a sibling to the Kia Niro EV. If so, the EV will come with an electric motor churning out about 200 hp of power and a 64.8 kWh battery, slightly over the 64 kWh capacity seen on the current model. With that, the publication expects the WLTP-approved range of the car to be around 463 km on a full charge. It is anticipated that the new Hyundai Kona will debut sometime in 2023. We shall update this space with more developments on the EV as we move closer to its debut, so make sure you stay tuned to know everything about the next-gen Hyundai Kona.

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