The Hyundai Kona electric SUV will come to India in the second half of 2019.
Hyundai had confirmed 8 new models for the Indian market. The carmaker also revealed that it will enter into electric vehicles space with the Kona SUV that first broke cover at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Initially, the Hyundai Kona electric SUV will be brought as CKD unit and assembled at the company’s Chennai plant. The India launch of the SUV has been slated to happen in the second half of 2019. Here’re the six interesting things about the Kona that you should know –
1. Hyundai’s First Electric Car
The Kona will Hyundai’s first electric vehicle in Indian market. Initially, the company has allotted 1000 units of the SUV that could be increased considering its demand. The South Korean carmaker aims to further expand its electric vehicle lineup with a new sedan and a few small cars and compact SUVs. Read – New Generation Hyundai Grand i10 Is Coming Soon
2. Impressive Top Speed
Globally, the Hyundai Kona SUV comes with two battery options – a 39kW and a 64kW – delivering an electric range of 312km and 482km respectively. In India, Hyundai might introduce the 39wK version of the SUV that pushes out power worth 136bhp against 395Nm of torque. With an electric powertrain, the Kona will be able to deliver a maximum speed of 155kmph. The carmaker claims it can do 0-100kmph in 9.7 seconds. Read: 2018 Hyundai Santro Vs Renault Kwid
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3. Charging Capacity
Using a 100kW DC fast charger, the Kona’s lithium-ion battery pack can be charged up to 80% in 54 minutes for the long range. With a standard AC socket, it will take around 6 hours 10 minutes for the short range. Check Out – Upcoming Hyundai Cars In India
4. Sporty Design
Compared to the standard Kona, the electric version looks slightly different with features such as a closed front grille, slightly revised front and rear bumpers, 17-inch alloy wheels and a rear spoiler. The Hyundai Kona electric misses out on the exhausts. Sharing platform with Hyundai i30, the electric SUV features a Cascading grille, two-tier LED headlamps with LED DRLs, small fog lamps, skid plates, plastic cladding over the wheel arches, black roof and integrated brake light.
5. Feature Packed
Feature-wise, the Hyundai Kona electric SUV is loaded with several goodies. Unlike the global model that features an 8.0-inch touchscreen, the India-spec version will offer a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. Other features on-board will include a premium sound system, 10-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, leather upholstery, etc. For safety purpose, the SUV will offer airbags, automatic emergency braking, a lane centring system, adaptive cruise control and rear cross traffic alert. Though, there is no clarity whether the India-spec version will offer all these safety fitments or not. Read: 2018 Hyundai Santro Vs Maruti WagonR
6. A Little Expensive Deal
As mentioned above, the Hyundai Kona electric SUV will come to India as Completely Knocked Down (CKD) unit and then assembled locally. It will also be a beneficiary of government’s direct subsidy of around Rs 1.4 lakh offered on each electric car. Besides this, the Kona is estimated to be priced around Rs 25 lakh (ex-showroom). The carmaker aims to sell 50 to 60 units of the SUV on monthly basis.
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