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Hyundai Kona Hybrid under review for Australia

By Cameron Kirby, 05 Jun 2019 News

Hyundai Kona Hybrid under review for Australia

Petrol and electric variants of Hyundai’s small SUV could soon be joined by a best-of-both-worlds sibling

Hyundai has revealed a new electrified Kona variant, which could be sold in Australia in the near future.

Aptly called the Hyundai Kona Hybrid, the new variant mimics the Ioniq hybrid sedan, by joining the powers of a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with a 1.56kWh lithium-ion polymer battery.

Petrol-only Konas have been in Australia for over a year now, while a fully-electric variant was added a couple of months ago. However, it remains uncertain when, or if, a Kona Hybrid will be offered in local showrooms.

A Hyundai Australia spokesperson told Wheels the Hyundai Konda Hybrid is “currently under review for our market”.

The Kona Hybrid has a combined output of 104kW and 264Nm, with the combustion engine accounting for 77kW/147Nm, and the battery-electric motor producing 32kW/170Nm.

Available in Europe, the Kona Hybrid is rated as having a claimed fuel efficiency of 3.9L/100km on the NEDC cycle riding on 16-inch wheels. This jumps to 4.2L/100km when using the optional 18-inch rims.

There has also been some minor styling updates, with new-look alloy wheels, and the introduction of an optional 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment screen.

Kona Hybrids will be available in Europe from August, and while it remains under review for Australia, we wouldn’t be expecting any to land locally until at least 2020 if Hyundai Australia does bring the car Down Under.