Beijing Hyundai, a joint venture between BAIC Motor and Hyundai Motor Company, has unveiled the new LaFesta EV at this year’s Auto Guangzhou in China. The new model will go on sale in the country early next year, and is essentially an all-electric version of the regular LaFesta, a model that is positioned below the larger Sonata.

With its zero-emissions powertrain, the LaFesta EV’s “Sensuous Sportiness” design differs significantly from the fossil fuel-powered model. The most notable is the lack of a traditional grille at the front, with only the Hyundai logo being placed prominently on the charging port. This is flanked by chrome trim and LED headlamps, while the lower apron has simplified to feature vertical fog lamps and side air inlets.

Other changes are found at the rear, with a new bumper that is more aerodynamic in appearance and sports a slim reflector that spans almost the entire width of the vehicle. As this is an electric vehicle, there’s no exhaust outlet in sight, with a subtle “diffuser” being put in place instead. The car’s rather extravagant, fan-style wheels are meant to promote further aerodynamic efficiency.

Moving inside, the cabin is largely carried over from the standard LaFesta, with a seven-inch instrument cluster display and 10.25-inch infotainment system greeting front occupants. Only the centre console is unique to the LaFesta EV, as it has been redesigned to accommodate the shift-by-wire gear selector.

Safety-wise, there’s six airbags and several driver assistance systems, including Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance Assist, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Safe Exit Warning and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist.

As for the powertrain itself, the company didn’t provide much in the way of details, merely confirming the car has 56.5 kWh lithium-ion battery that is good for a range of up to 490 km on a single charge. The battery provides power to an electric motor rated at 204 PS (201 hp or 150 kW) and 310 Nm of torque.