The electric crossover could arrive on the market as early as next year.
Unveiled today, the Kona is a small crossover aimed at the European market. The stylish model was introduced with four different gasoline and diesel powertrains and a choice between front-wheel or all-wheel drive.
One executive at the launch event told Motor1 an electric variant is on the way with a range of "up to 390 kilometers (242 miles) -- over 390 kilometers." The claim could be a reference to the more generous European driving cycle, from which the Chevy Bolt's EU sibling, the Ampera-e, gets an optimistic range estimate of 520 kilometers (323 miles) -- nearly 90 miles higher than its US EPA estimate.
"Clean mobility is a core strategy of the Hyundai Motor Company in the future," executives said at the Kona launch event. "We will continue to focus on EVs and hybrids."
The Kona EV could arrive on the market as early as 2018, however it is unclear if the electrified crossover will be headed to US showrooms.