Hyundai Lafesta EV to be launched in China on 18 Feb

Hyundai Motor will be launching its electric sedan, the Hyundai Lafesta EV, in China on 18th of February, say Chinese media reports. Beijing Hyundai Motor Company’s fully electric sedan is based on the regular Lafesta for the most part, and was unveiled at the Guangzhou Auto Show last year (November 2019).

The Lafesta electric is equipped with a 56.5 kWh lithium battery that offers a range of 490 km on a single charge (NEDC cycle). The motor produces a power of 150 kW and a torque of 310 Nm.

The Lafesta sedan’s highlights include 17-inch aluminium wheels, LED headlamps and rear combi lamps, 7-inch colour TFT cluster showing the EV’s information and the battery charge state, 10.25-inch LCD Audio-Video-Navigation (AVN) infotainment screen, wirelessly controlled Shift-by-Wire electronic lever, wireless charger and more.

Hyundai Lafesta EV Sedan rear three quarter view
The Lafesta features the “Sensuous Sportiness” design philosophy. The petrol version targets young Chinese buyers (born in the late 1980’s) and the car is based on the platform of the Hyundai Elantra.

Safety features include Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS), such as Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA), Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Safe Exit Warning and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA), airbags, burglar alarm and others.

The Lafesta EV measures 4,705 mm in length by 1,790 mm in width, and by 1,435 mm in height with a wheelbase of 2,700 mm. The electric sedan gets the regular car’s fastback style and the exclusive shimmering metallic ‘Shooting Star’ colour.

Hyundai Lafesta electric car for India?

At this time globally Hyundai sells just 2 pure electric models – Ioniq and the Kona – with plans to expand this to 29 models within the Hyundai Motor Group by 2025. The company has developed the Lafesta exclusively for the Chinese market and in LHD, and is unlikely to export or introduce the car globally. For India, the company has sanctioned the ‘Smart EV’ project which is a dedicated EV platform that will spawn affordable Hyundai and Kia electric cars starting around 2022.