For its display at this year’s Manila International Auto Show (MIAS), Hyundai Philippines has elected to show us what (hopefully) lies ahead in our motoring future. Among its key showcases for 2019 are full electric versions of the Ioniq hatchback and the Kona crossover, both now available on the local market. In launching these models now, Hyundai has beaten big rivals like Nissan in ushering in the electric-vehicle segment to the country.
The Kona, as you might know, is already being sold here as a regular gasoline-powered crossover. In EV form, the crossover looks a lot more futuristic. The grille is almost nonexistent, blending into the rest of the front fascia. On top is a slim chrome strip with complementing thin LED lights. The roof and the pillars are rounder compared with those on the gasoline version, with deeply etched character lines to finish off the look.
The electric Kona runs on a permanent magnet synchronous motor that produces 201hp and 395Nm. It will retail in our market for P2,388,000.
The Ioniq hybrid was already introduced by Hyundai Philippines during last year’s MIAS, and this time, the Korean carmaker completed the model lineup by bringing in the EV version (P1,868,000).
This isn’t any mere vehicle launch, either. The introduction of the electric Kona and Ioniq could very well open up the floodgates for other electric models to hit our market. Exciting times ahead.