All-new Hyundai Mistra EV sedan goes on sale in China

The Hyundai Mistra (Chinese name: Hyundai Mingtu) has entered its second generation and gained an all-electric variant. The all-new 2021 Hyundai Mistra and the first-ever Hyundai Mistra EV debuted at the 2020 Guangzhou Auto Show, unmistakably featuring a Creta-like front end.

Hyundai Mistra EV design

The 2021 Hyundai Mistra and the first-ever Hyundai Mistra EV are reminiscent of Hyundai ix25 and Hyundai Creta due to the similar headlamp design. They are the first Hyundai sedans to feature a multi-LED headlamp setup, which Hyundai had first offered on the Kona in 2017.

The Hyundai Mistra EV has almost the same design as the new-generation Mistra. The electric variant features a closed radiator grille, and the more stylish bumpers and 17-inch low drag wheels are other visual differences on the electric variant.

The Hyundai Mistra EV features dual 12.3-inch displays (virtual instrument cluster and infotainment system), panoramic sunroof, eight airbags, and around view monitor (360-degree camera). It packs a plethora of advanced driver assistance technologies like Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Highway Driving Assist, Lane Following Assist, Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control, etc. as well.

Hyundai Mistra EV specifications

The Hyundai Mistra EV measures 4,815 mm in length, 1,815 mm in width, and 1,470 mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 2,770 mm. The pure electric sedan uses a single motor that generates 135 kW or 183.5 PS of power and 310 Nm of torque. This motor gets its energy from a standard 56.5 kWh Lithium-ion battery pack that allows a range (NEDC) of 520 km. The slow-charging time (for 0-100% SoC) is nine and a half hours, and the fast-charging time (for 30-80% SoC) is 40 minutes.

The Hyundai Mistra EV can accelerate from 0-50 km/h in 3.8 seconds and reach 165 km/h. Like most electric cars, customers can drive it in Comfort, Eco, or Sport mode.

Hyundai Mistra EV price

Beijing-Hyundai launched the Hyundai Mistra EV in China in March, with prices starting at CNY 178,800 (approx. EUR 23,000) and going up to CNY 203,800 (approx. EUR 26,000). Like in the previous generation, the Mistra should remain exclusive to China.

Hyundai Mistra electric car 2020
The Creta-styled Mistra EV (pictured) and all-new Hyundai Mistra (above) are now on sale in China. Image courtesy: Autohome.com.cn

Hyundai’s electric vehicle strategy in China

With market-specific models like the Mistra and LaFesta, Hyundai expects to significantly grow its sales in China. The company would launch a new exclusive MPV called Custo also in the country this year, a sister model of the all-new Carnival. The company is expanding its portfolio of EVs in response to the growing demand in the market, having just launched the Genesis brand. This year, it plans to the Mistra EV and Ioniq 5, and in 2022, it plans to release an electric SUV that would be a “China dedicated” model like the former.

New Hyundai product roadmap 2021-2022
Following the Mistra EV last year, Hyundai will introduce another China-only EV, an SUV, for launch in 2022. Image Source: Hyundai Motor Company Investor presentation, March 2021.

Along with Kia, Hyundai expects to increase its sales in China from 664,744 units in 2020 to 817,000 units in 2021, recording a 23% Y-o-Y growth, as per an EconoTimes report. The report says that the Hyundai Nexo hydrogen FCEV will go on sale in the country this year.

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