The new Hyundai Kona SUV, unveiled yesterday, will get a range of engines from a 2.0 litre MPI Atkinson unit to a 1.0 litre turbo triple. Europeans will get a 1.6 litre turbodiesel next year, too. It should cover most needs – there’s even a sprightly 1.6 litre T-GDI for 0-100 km/h in 7.7 seconds – but Hyundai is future-proofing its new B-segment SUV.

At the Kona’s launch event in South Korea, Hyundai vice chairman Eui-sun Chung said that the carmaker will launch a Kona EV model by next year, with Autocar reporting that Hyundai is aiming for the electric Kona to have a battery-only range of around 240 miles, which is slightly less than 400 km.

Hyundai isn’t a stranger to EVs. The Ioniq, which is sold in Malaysia as a conventional hybrid, was designed from the start to have plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and full electric variants, and the Kona could get the latest evolution of the Ioniq EV’s system.

Chung also said that Hyundai is developing an “A-SUV” that will slot in below the Kona by year 2020. This smallest of SUVs will be aimed at emerging markets such as India. There will also be a large SUV that will sit above the Tucson and Santa Fe, to make it a five-model range. This is likely to be a flagship SUV catered to North America.

“Our plan is to develop an A-segment SUV that is smaller than the Kona by 2020 so we can embrace the SUV from A to E segment, so we will also roll out an E-segment SUV that is bigger than Santa Fe. We want a full SUV line-up to respond to our customers’ needs,” he said.

We’ve detailed the new Hyundai Kona, and you can read more about it here.