Hyundai Motor UK has announced pricing and specifications for the new 2020 Kona Hybrid, with the electrified crossover to start from £22,495 ($40,109) when it hits dealers next month.
The company says the new variant is a demonstration of its "commitment to lowering vehicle emissions", with the Kona Hybrid emitting just 99g/km of CO2 (claimed) while sipping 5.4L/100Km on the combined WLTP test cycle.
In the UK, the Kona Hybrid will be offered in three trim levels – SE, Premium and Premium SE. All versions team a 1.6-litre direct-injection 'GDi' four-cylinder petrol engine with a 32kW/170Nm electric motor and 1.56kWh battery, quoting system outputs of 103.7kW (@5700rpm) and 265Nm (@4000rpm).
Hyundai claims the front-driven hybrid crossover will accelerate from 0-100 in 11.2 seconds (11.6 for Premium and Premium SE), and hit a top speed of 115mph (185km/h).
Standard equipment includes climate control, an electric park brake, 16-inch alloy wheels (model specific design), white interior accents for the air vent and gear lever surrounds, contrasting white stitching on the seat upholstery, a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, rear-view camera with parking sensors, along with lane keep assist and driver attention alert.
The base model Kona Hybrid can be specified with the SmartSense Safety Pack 1 (£550, $980) which adds autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, as well as adaptive cruise control with stop&go function.
Should you spend the extra dosh required for the top-shelf Premium SE (£27,195, $48,490), you'll get niceties like LED headlights with high-beam assist, LED tail-lights, AEB, leather trim, heated and ventilated front seats with electric adjustment, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, the new 10.25-inch widescreen navigation system, 18-inch alloys, and wireless smartphone charging.
For the flagship, though, adaptive cruise control, lane following assist and intelligent speed limit warning form part of a £400 ($713) SmartSense Safety Pack 3 – which you'd think would be standard.
Compared to the Ioniq Hybrid with which it shares its powertrain, the Kona Hybrid starts £300 ($535) cheaper. In Australia, the entry-level Ioniq Hybrid Elite starts at $33,990 plus on-road costs.
Speaking with CarAdvice, Hyundai Australia's senior manager for PR, Guido Schenken, said: "The Kona Hybrid is under review for the Australia market, but no firm plans for introduction at this stage".
We're expecting 2020 model-year changes for the wider Kona line-up to be announced soon, stay tuned for our coverage.