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Hyundai expands Kona range with new hybrid model

Hyundai's new Kona Hybrid crossover

Hyundai has added a hybrid powertrain to its Kona crossover to add to customer's AFV options and provide lower emissions and better performance.

The new drivetrain uses a 1.6-litre GDI petrol engine combined with an electric motor and battery, to provide zero-emission capability at low speed.

It provides a maximum power of 141PS and 265Nm of torque, with CO2 emissions from 90g/km.

Average fuel consumption of up to 72mpg is expected, according to Hyundai.

The new Kona AFV drivetrain may provide an alternative solution to car buyers initially attracted to the Kona EV.

Hyundai's fully-electric Kona is suffering from a shortage of supply amid huge demand, prompting the manufacturer to launch a cut-price Ioniq hybrid leasing scheme for customers awaiting the arrival of their vehicle, as AM exclusively reported last month.

The new Kona Hybrid features Blue Link, a connected vehicle system which uses embedded telematics to allow drivers to remote lock or unlock their vehicle via a smartphone app.

An optional Audio Video Navigation system (AVN) displays a wide variety of useful information across its 10.25-inch split touch-screen, and features Cloud-based voice recognition.

The standard connectivity system uses a seven-inch display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Hyundai Live Services are available providing information about weather, traffic, speed cameras, fuel stations parking and live POI search.

Prices and specifications are yet to be confirmed but the Kona Hybrid will be available to customers from August 2019.

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