On show in Geneva, the Kona Electric will be offered with two different powertrains when it goes on sale in the summer. These are likely to offer two driving range options, although Hyundai remains tight-lipped in terms of more specific details.
If confirmed, a driving range of 292 miles would be an 118-mile improvement over that offered by the pure electric variant of the Ioniq, which was the brand's first EV, launched in 2016.
Hyundai has already confirmed that the Kona Electric will get a high level of technology, both in terms of driver assistance systems and interior conveniences. It has yet to confirm how immersive the assistance systems will be, but the Korean giant has hinted at a level of autonomous driving capability. The car is likely to get a system akin to VW Group's traffic jam assist system, which controls steering, acceleration and braking at speeds of up to 37mph.
Hyundai confirmed to Autocar last year that it was preparing a pure electric version of the small SUV, when it was also revealed that a smaller, A-segment SUV is under development, as well as a range-topping E-segment SUV that will be larger than the Santa Fe. The fourth-generation Santa Fe is being revealed alongside the Kona Electric at Geneva next month.
The Kona Electric's styling is under wraps at present, but it is likely to offer some variation on the internal combustion-engined Kona. A preview image issued by Hyundai reveals little of its design, but hints at tweaks around the grille to differentiate it from the standard car.