2021 Kona Electric Series II

New Zealand welcomes the arrival of the 2021 Kona Electric
Series II. With a facelifted exterior and interior design,
improved WLTP driving range, and specification upgrades
across the model line-up, the 2021 Kona Electric builds on
the success of its ground-breaking predecessor.

the 2021 Kona Electric you get cutting-edge design, a pure
electric powertrain that provides up to 484km (WLTP) of
driving range plus a suite of advanced connectivity and
safety features that will put you right in the vanguard of
fashion and technology.

Hyundai New Zealand General
Manager Andy Sinclair says, “Since launching the
ground-breaking Kona Electric in 2018 it’s been a popular
choice of EV here in New Zealand for both private and fleet
buyers. Additional standard safety, connectivity and
convenience features ensure an even better driving
experience in the 2021 model. Kona Electric continues to
deliver one of the best all-electric driving ranges of any
electric car.”

Kona’s powerful lines grab your
attention from any angle. The design is strong and modern is
with an armour-like cladding over the wheel

The EV comes fitted with Michelin Primacy4 low
rolling resistance tyres, helping deliver a 7.8% improvement
in real-world driving range to 484km (previously 449km) when
tested according to the WLTP standard.

extensively enhanced technology, the Kona comes packed with
everything you need to stay connected on your next
adventure, and features upgraded driver safety

2021 Kona Electric model range

The Kona Electric continues to be available
in two trim grades, Entry and Elite.

Over and above
the Entry specification the Elite option offers additional
safety features, connectivity and the comfort and
convenience features we’ve started to become accustomed
to. They include LED headlights and tail lights, driver and
passenger power seats, heated front and rear outbound seats,
ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, wireless
smart phone charging and a Heads-Up-Display (HUD).

Elite comes with a 10.25” multimedia touchscreen compared
to 8” in the Entry model, along with satellite navigation
and a Harman Kardon premium audio system.

additional Hyundai SmartSense driver safety features include
High Beam Assist (HBA), Electro Chromatic rear-view Mirror
(ECM) and a front park assist system.


The 2021 Kona Electric has undergone a series
of bold exterior design updates. By combining a clean and
sleek appearance with the protective and bold small SUV body
type of the Kona, it expresses its exceptional electric
technology while being even more recognisable on the

The front with the new-look closed grille
features a pure and clean design. This modern look is
further enhanced by the new LED Daytime Running Lights,
which emphasise the car’s wide stance. The front is
complemented by an asymmetric charging port, a feature
unique to the Kona Electric which makes a strong statement
about driving electric.

New, sharper headlamps stretch
around the side of the car. The high-tech headlamp inner
bezel now incorporates multifaceted reflector (MFR)
technology. The headlamps are connected to the painted wheel
arch claddings, giving the new Kona Electric a distinctive
and sophisticated look. Vertical air inlets in front of the
wheel arch claddings enhance its aerodynamics, substantially
reducing turbulence in the front wheelhouse area. Meanwhile,
a functional air intake in the lower bumper is visually
enhanced by horizontal satin accent bars, which give it a
pronounced stance.

The rear also receives a styling
refresh with a new bumper design and horizontally-stretched
rear lamps, while new machined face 17” alloy wheels
complete the exterior makeover.

Like the 2021 Kona
with internal-combustion powertrains, the new Kona Electric
is 25mm longer than the previous version.


The 2021 Kona Electric also
incorporates several feature upgrades to the standard
SmartSense safety suite featured on the outgoing

Lane Following Assist

Supplementing the
Lane Keeping Assist system, Lane Following Assist (LFA) uses
the front windshield mounted camera to detects lane markers
and preceding traffic on the road, and provides steering
assistance to ensure the vehicle stays in the centre of the

LFA can be activated by a long press of the Lane
Keeping Assist / Lane Following Assist button the steering
wheel, and is operational when lane markers are detected at
speeds up to 200km/h.

Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance

At speeds of 20km/h or above, Blind-Spot
Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA) 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 proceeds
to activate the corresponding indicator lights, a flashing
visual warning is provided and an audible alert is

Additionally, 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 spot at a higher
rate of speed.

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 to help
avoid a collision with an approaching vehicle. An active
avoidance manoeuvre is undertaken with the system applying
braking force to the wheels on the opposing side of the
potential collision point, bring the vehicle away from
danger, and lowering the chance of a collision.

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 a collision.

Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist

Using the
BCA system’s radar sensors, Rear Cross-Traffic
Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA) 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.

In the case that the driver does
not adhere to the warning, RCCA will apply a braking force
and help avoid a collision with the approaching

Safe Exit Warning

The Safe Exit
Warning (SEW) helps occupants exit the Kona Electric in a
safer fashion. When the vehicle is stopped and SEW is
active, the system utilises the radar sensors on either side
of the rear bumper to detect vehicles approaching from the
rear. If a vehicle is detected, and a door is opened, the
system will sound an audible alert and display a visual
warning in the instrument cluster.

Rear Occupant

Rear Occupant Alert (ROA) detects the entry of
occupants via the rear doors opening and closing. Upon
parking and opening the driver’s door, ROA issues an
audible warning chime and prompts the driver with a visual
warning message to “check rear seats”, to ensure that
rear occupants are not accidentally left


Harman Kardon
premium audio system (Elite model only)

Featuring 8
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 quality
through optimised system tuning.

10.25” digital
Supervision cluster

The 10.25” colour TFT LCD
Supervision dash cluster features a fully digital display
and projects a modern aesthetic for the cabin. A variety of
different user-selectable themes are available, and can also
be linked to the selected Drive Mode. The cluster also
displays a range of trip computer information, as well as
system status and visual alerts from the various safety

Wireless charger (Elite model

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.

Rear USB power outlet

A new
USB power outlet mounted to the rear of the console allows
rear passengers to charge mobile devices.

Rear View

The new Rear View Monitor (RVM) system allows
the rear camera to remain on constantly whilst driving if
required, such that the driver can continually monitor the
road conditions behind the vehicle.


Kona Electric now features remote start
capability via the smart key fob. With the handbrake engaged
and vehicle locked, the user is able to remotely start the
vehicle by pressing the lock button, followed by pressing
and holding the engine start button.

Heated rear
outboard seats (Elite model only)

Elite model is
equipped with heated rear outboard seats. The heating
elements ensure the rear outboard seating surfaces are
warmed in cool weather.

Ambient lighting (Elite model

Ambient lighting in the front footwells add a
gentle glow, providing a luxurious ambience to the

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