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2022 Hyundai Kona Electric gets a new look and more tech

Hyundai has finally announced the U.S.-spec 2022 Kona lineup and the biggest highlight for the all-electric version is the addition of new tech features. The Kona Electric is now offered with a dual-screen layout featuring two 10.25-inch displays. As with newer Hyundai models, only Kona variants with the smaller main touch screen get a wireless version of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Hyundai’s digital key feature, which allows you to unlock the vehicle with a smartphone, will also be available.

Many exterior updates from the gas-powered Kona variants have carried over to the all-electric model but you won’t mistake one for the other. The 2022 Hyundai Kona Electric now dons a grille-less look and doesn’t have the contrasting wheel arches you find in gas-powered non-N Line Konas. Most of the interior remains the same as the pre-refresh car, featuring a button-type gear selector and a storage area under the center console.

The available suite of driver assistance features has expanded. Cyclist detection, safe exit warning, and rear automatic emergency braking have been added. Highway driving assist, which enhances adaptive cruise control’s capabilities with enhanced steering assist and lane centering, is now available on the range-topping Limited trim.

Powering the 2022 Kona Electric is the same 201 hp electric motor with 291 lb-ft of torque as the pre-refresh car. Backing it is a 64-kWh lithium-ion battery, which Hyundai says will allow the Kona Electric to travel 258 miles between charges. Using a level 3 DC combo charger, the Kona Electric can charge from 10 to 80 percent in 47 minutes. A level 2 charger takes nine hours and 35 minutes to replenish the battery from 10 percent to full. SEL Convenience models and higher get a battery warmer system to cut charging times in cold climates.

Additional changes for the 2022 Kona Electric include improved NVH courtesy of a new acoustic windshield, instrument panel insulation, and extra insulation in the cargo area. Look for the 2022 Kona Electric to go on sale in May 2021 alongside the rest of the Kona lineup.

Written by Stefan Ogbac
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