Although the 2019 Santa Fe was Hyundai’s headliner at the New York International Auto Show, the details were announced for two more cars that are likely to be of interest to Canadians.
2019 Hyundai Kona Electric
When it hits the market later this year, the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric will become the range leader in the compact electric crossover segment by being able to cover an estimated distance of 400 km on a single charge.
It features bold styling – this isn’t a car for those who are timid about screaming their EV-ownership status to the world – and several equally attention-grabbing colour choices including Pulse Red and Ceramic Blue. For the more mainstay grey, black, and white paint jobs, and provided the buyer foregoes the sunroof, a contrasting white roof is available to create a two-tone colour scheme that’s not only visually distinct but also functional: white bounces back more solar rays in the summer, reducing the load on the A/C system. To that point, this may not be the most efficient option for those based in more northern climates.
On the other hand, the Kona Electric will come with a standard heat pump in Canada to mitigate the effect cold weather has on vehicle range. When interior heating is needed, the heat pump adjusts coolant circulation to use external heat from sources like the electric motor and inverter and redirect it into the cabin.
The Kona Electric’s motor is supplied by a high-voltage 64-kWh battery and produces 150 kW (201 horsepower) and 291 lb.-ft. of torque. A Level 3 charger, the capability for which is included as standard, replenishes the charge to 80% in 55 minutes, while a Level 2 charger takes 9 hours and 50 minutes.
Additional features include a standard floating touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, the available Hyundai Smart Sense suite of safety technologies (including forward collision avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, driver attention warning, lane keeping assist, blind-spot collision warning, rear cross-traffic collision avoidance assist, and high beam assist), and optional technologies such as an 8-inch navigation system with complimentary map updates for five years, a shift-by-wire drive control that creates additional lower storage in the centre console, Hyundai BlueLink functionality, a head-up display, rain-sensing wipers, and a wireless phone charger.
2019 Hyundai Tucson
The details of the Hyundai Tucson’s mid-cycle refresh were also announced in New York.
On the exterior, the Tucson will receive the same new cascading grille first introduced as a signature design on the 2019 Santa Fe, as well as an updated headlight and daytime running light design, a new front and rear fascia and rear taillights, a new option for 18-inch wheels in addition to redesigned 17- and 19-inch wheels, and a redesigned exhaust finisher.
Inside, the centre stack has been redesigned to integrate a floating infotainment screen. Panel vents have also been redesigned, as have the leather seats, rearview mirror, and instrument cluster.
A number of new features have been added. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are included with the standard seven-inch display audio system, as is five years of complimentary Hyundai BlueLink service and an electronic parking brake. On the list of available features: rain-sensing wipers, a second-row USB charger, a wireless phone charging pad, and safety features such as high-beam assist, smart cruise control with stop-and-go, forward collision-avoidance assist, lane keeping assist, driver attention warning, and a multi-view camera system.
2019 Tucson models are expected to arrive in dealerships this fall.