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2021 Hyundai Kona Electric detailed: MG ZS EV, Mazda MX-30 and Peugeot e-2008 rival gets longer driving range with facelift

The facelifted Kona Electric has a much smoother front fascia than its predecessor.

Hyundai has revealed the facelifted version of its all-electric small SUV, the aptly named Kona Electric, which is due in Australian showrooms in the first half of next year.

Much like the internal-combustion-engined Kona’s recently revealed facelift, the Kona Electric gets redesigned front and rear fascias, with the former notably moving from its predecessor’s perforated nose, instead adopting an almost completely smooth look.

The Kona Electric also leaves behind its forebear’s side plastic cladding, with body colour now used more prominently than before as part of the facelift. The side is also highlighted by a fresh set of alloy wheels.

Inside, the Kona Electric once again follows in the Kona’s tyre tracks by introducing a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and new ambient lighting technology. Of note, the former was already fitted with a 10.25-inch touchscreen, which the latter got with its facelift.

As per the Kona, even more advanced driver-assist systems are now fitted to the Kona Electric, with active blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert now fitted alongside Leading Vehicle Departure Alert, Safe Exit Warning and Rear Seat Alert.

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Just like before, Australian examples of the Kona Electric will continue to be powered by a 150kW/395Nm electric motor that drives the front wheels.

The local version will again be fitted with a 64kWh battery, although tyre improvements have increased the WLTP driving range it provides to 484km (+35km).

Using a 100kW DC fast charger, the Kona Electric can be charged from 10 to 80 per cent capacity in 47 minutes, while a 10.5kW AC onboard charger takes six hours and 50 minutes to go from 10 to 100 per cent.

For reference, the Kona Electric is currently priced from $60,740 plus on-road costs, and it now faces stiff competition from the $40,990 MG ZS EV, while the Mazda MX-30 and Peugeot e-2008 are likely waiting in the wings.