Cyber Grey 2022 Hyundai Kona EV spotted for the first time [Update]

Update: The US-spec 2022 Hyundai Kona Electric is officially out. Sales of the new Kona EV in the U.S. market begins in spring, Hyundai has confirmed. Based on internal testing, the company estimates the 2022 Kona Electric range at 258 miles and says that its estimated MPGe is 132 city, 108 highway, and 120 combined. We have added pictures of the US-spec version in the gallery below and updated the story to reflect the official US-spec version details.

In January, the 2022 Hyundai Kona EV was spotted in one of its new colors for the first time. Spy pictures from Naver blog soonjung8116 show a Cyber Grey Kona EV (facelift) in pre-launch testing in South Korea.

2022 Hyundai Kona EV exterior

Hyundai unveiled a series of updates to the Kona Electric in November 2020, and is introducing the revised edition for the MY2022 in the United States. The company has smoothened out the electric SUV’s face enhancing the character. The new-look closed grille makes the EV purer and understated. However, the facelift looks nicer when spec’d with the new Surfy Blue shade shown in the video below.

The 2022 Hyundai Kona Electric features new LED DRLs and sharper LED headlamps with new multifaceted reflector (MFR) technology. Vertical air inlets in front of the wheel arch cladding give it a sporty styling, while an asymmetric charging port breaks the monotony of centrally located and brand logo-covered charging ports on EVs.

Video Source: youtube.com/Hyundai Europe

The hood is new, which is uncommon with mid-cycle refreshes, which gives it a more powerful appearance. The functional air intake in the lower bumper has satin accent bars and lifts the appearance of the car. Moving to the sides, the 2022 Hyundai Kona Electric is longer, but not noticeably. The Euro-spec version measures 25 mm longer or almost an inch longer thanks to the new bumpers. The new 17-inch alloy wheels in the funkier design make it easily recognizable as the facelift.

New 2022 Hyundai Kona Electric facelift rear
The 2022 Hyundai Kona EV looks more playful and sportier compared to the current model. Images sourced from Naver/soonjung8116

At the rear, the 2022 Kona EV has a slightly more aggressive LED tail light and bigger and sharper combination lamps that include new LED turn indicators (instead of PY21W halogen bulbs) that are split into three vertical bars and wider reverse light. The new satin accent bars on the bumper look weird if you ask us and could look better if it was a body-colored piece.

2022 Hyundai Kona EV interior

Current Kona EV customers would be happy to know that their car compares well with the incoming version. The 2022 Kona Electric features a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and new, turbine-shaped outer-end AC vents. Other new features worth appreciating are wireless Apple CarPlay, wireless Android Auto, upgraded Bluelink with more functions controllable with smartphone/voice, and mood lighting. Strangely, wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto are included in the lower-end 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system but not the optional 10.25-inch unit. The lower center console storage area has been redesigned for more efficient use of space.

New 2022 Hyundai Kona Electric facelift interior dashboard
Hyundai offers the 2022 Kona Electric with new interior features like wireless Apple CarPlay, wireless Android Auto, and a digital instrument cluster. Image Source: Hyundai

2022 Hyundai Kona EV specs

The battery pack and motors of the 2022 Hyundai Kona Electric are the same. However, while a 10.5 kW three-phase on-board charger was optionally available in the old model in Europe, that will not be the case for America. Similarly, the high-output motor and the extended range battery pack are standard for the US-spec facelifted model.

Aspect\Specification2022 Kona EV specs (standard-range)2022 Kona EV specs (long-range)
Motor Power100 kW (134 hp)150 kW (201 hp)
Motor Torque395 Nm (291 Lb.-Ft.)395 Nm (291 Lb.-Ft.)
Battery Pack Capacity39.2 kWh64 kWh
Battery Pack Power Output104 kW170 kW
Battery Pack Voltage327 V356 V
Onboard Charger7.2 kW/10.5 kW7.2 kW/10.5 kW
Acceleration (0-97 mph)9.9 seconds7.9 seconds
Top Speed155 km/h (96 mph)167 km/h (104 mph)
Range (WLTP)305 km (190 miles)484 km (301 miles)
Range (Hyundai USA estimate)NA258 miles
Energy Consumption (Hyundai USA estimated)NA132 MPGe (city)/108 MPGe (highway)/120 MPGe (combined)
The U.S. market does not receive the standard-range option.

2022 Hyundai Kona Electric charging time

Charger Type\2022 Kona Electric Charging Time2022 Kona Electric standard-range2022 Kona Electric long-range
ICCB Charging (220V/12A)17 hours28 hours
7.2 kW AC charger (10-100%)6 hours9 hours 15 minutes
10.5 kW AC charger (10-100%)4 hours 20 minutes6 hours 50 minutes
50 kW DC fast-charger (10-80%)48 minutes64 minutes
100 kW DC fast-charger (10-80%)47 minutes47 minutes
The U.S. market does not receive the standard-range option.

2022 Hyundai Kona Electric safety

The new Hyundai Kona Electric is safer than the old model packing five new ‘SmartSense’ safety features:-

  1. Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA)
  2. Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA)
  3. Leading Vehicle Departure Alert (LVDA)*
  4. Safe Exit Warning (SEW)
  5. Rear Seat Alert (RSA)*

*Availability not confirmed for the US-spec model

2022 Hyundai Kona EV FAQs

The 2022 Kona Electric prices may start at around $38,000.

What is the 2022 Hyundai Kona Electric release date

Hyundai will launch the 2022 Kona Electric in the U.S. this spring.

What is the 2022 Hyundai Kona EV range?

The US-spec new Hyundai Kona EV returns a range of up to 258 miles (Hyundai’s estimation).

What is the 2022 Hyundai Kona EV price?

Hyundai could price the new Kona EV from around $38,000.