Hyundai was on the electric offensive at the 2019 Guangzhou Auto Exhibition. They debuted a new battery electric vehicle, the Lafesta EV and also brought their 45 EV concept, the Veloster N eTCR electric racing car, Encino EV SUV, Elantra Lingdong PHEV, and the NEXO FCEV. All very electric, but the LaFesta was the only global debut at the show.

The LaFesta EV is a battery-electric version of the petrol-powered LaFesta Sporty Sedan which premiered in China last year. This electric version comes with a 56.5kWh lithium ion battery that promises a rather impressive 490km of range on a single charge.

No mention was made of the types and number of motors, nor which wheels would be driven, but we do know it has a system output of 150kW and 310Nm of torque. Modest by electric standards but very respectable for a non-performance vehicle.

Other specifications of the Lafesta include:

  • A new radiator grille, front and rear bumpers
  • LED Head Lamps and Rear Combi Lamps
  • 4,705mm in length by 1,790mm in width, and by 1,435mm in height with a 2,700mm wheelbase
  • A panoramic sunroof that can be voice-controlled
  • 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)
  • 6 airbags
  • A 7-inch color Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) cluster showing EV information and the battery charge state
  • A 10.25-inch LCD Audio-Video-Navigation (AVN) infotainment screen tailored to EV performance
  • Shift-by-Wire electronic lever
  • wireless cellphone charger
  • EV-specific navigation system
  • Baidu Duer OS voice recognition system

Just like the LaFesta Sporty Sedan, it’s unlikely this will be seen outside of China.