While the new B segment crossover is not even official yet – along with its Kia Stonic counterpart, the rumor mill is already targeting upcoming releases in the family.
After the initial launch of the regular crossover version with all the classic powertrains, the quirky new crossover is expected to morph into a new compact electric SUV offering, allegedly arriving late next year. It’s going to make inroads into the electric market, with its tiny size and funky design, as well as an estimated NEDC range of 500 km (311 miles), which equates to about 350 km (217 miles) of usable, real world range. The long-range credentials will be enabled by the rumored battery pack sporting a capacity greater than 50 kWh – as we can see, larger batteries are being offered in more compact packages now. The Chevy Bolt for example has compact segment credentials and a 60-kWh battery.
The Hyundai offering is also becoming compelling if the reports come true in terms of pricing as well – 35.000 euro. Next year the electric car segment should be very interesting in Europe – because the Hyundai-Kia Group advent with electric versions of the Kona and possibly Stonic will have to face the arrival of the new Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe from the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. Tesla is also going to easily dominate the top end of the electric segment once it finally introduces this week the Model 3.