Scheduled to be launched in the end of 2019, the Hyundai Kona will be the brand’s first electric vehicle in India
Korean automaker, Hyundai will soon enter into the sub-4 meter SUV category with the all-new Styx, which will make its global debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show in April. This small SUV will be launched in the Indian market in the second quarter of 2019. Not just Styx, Hyundai will also introduce its first electric model in the form of Kona SUV in India this year. First previewed at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Hyundai Kona SUV is expected to be locally developed at the Chennai based plant. To set up the production line for the Kona EV, Hyundai India will invest around 7,000 crores. This will increase the production capacity of the plant by 1 lakh units and will create 1,500 new jobs.
The Hyundai Kona will also be the first electric vehicle in its league to come with two battery options – the longer-range 64kWh and the small capacity 39.2kWh unit. While the former offers a range of 470km from a single charge, the latter one delivers 300km of range. The torque (394Nm) and top speed (167kmph) figures of both the batteries are same. The 39.2kWh and 64kWh produce power worth 133bhp and 200bhp respectively. Initially, the Hyundai Kona Electric could be imported into India via CKD (Completely Knocked-Down) route. Hyundai confirmed that they are in talks with local manufacturers for battery supply. Additionally, the batteries could also be imported from China and Korea. Check Out – Upcoming Hyundai Cars in India
Hyundai Kona Key Features
– Closed front grille
– 17-inch alloy wheels
– Cascading grille
– Two-tier LED headlamps with LED DRLs
– Flaring fenders with sporty black plastic cladding
– ‘Protective armour’
– LED brake light
– Hyundai’s new Drive Mode Select
– Dual-zone climate control
– 8.0-inch touchscreen system (5.0-inch as standard)
– Display Audio system
– Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
– Krell-sourced 8-speaker sound system from
– 10-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat
– Leather upholstery
– Keyless entry
Hyundai Kona Price in India
|Minimum||Rs 20 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 25 lakh|
Hyundai’s new SUV – the Kona (the regular version) is already on sale in select international markets including Europe and Korea. The SUV was unveiled for Indian audience at the 2018 Auto Expo. However, Hyundai will launch the electric version of the SUV in India that will target eco-friendly car buyers. The Indian Government is also planning to switch to full-electric cars by 2030. Hyundai is aiming to locally develop this electric SUV at its production plant, though it will initially come as a CKD kit. With higher level of local components, the Hyundai Kona EV prices are likely to start at Rs 20 lakh for entry-level model and Rs 25 lakh for the top-end model. While the regular version of the SUV (global-spec) rivals the Nissan Juke, Honda HRV and Toyota CHR, the India-bound electric model won’t have a direct competition.
Hyundai Kona EV India Launch
First unveiled at an event in Milan, Italy, the Hyundai Kona had its public debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The SUV was also put up on display at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Hyundai India has showcased the regular model at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo; however, it will launch the electric version of the SUV in the country. As mentioned above, the EV model will come via a CKD route and will hit showrooms in the second half of 2019. The exact launch date of the SUV is yet to be announced by the carmaker.
Hyundai Kona Exterior
Similar to the regular model, the Hyundai Kona electric carries bold and sporty silhouette and shares most of its styling bits with the former. However, what mark a difference between these two models are closed front grille, 17-inch alloy wheels and slightly tweaked bumpers and spoiler. The electric iteration of the vehicle also misses out on the exhausts. Hyundai says that the SUV design has a perfect combination of high-tech looks and sophistication, and it targets to millennial buyers. Designed on the i30’s platform, the Kona compact SUV stays close to the Intrado concept. Carrying Hyundai’s new design language, the SUV features a new signature ‘Cascading Grille’, two-tier LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights and sculpted bonnet at the front end. Styling elements such as small fog lamps, skid plates and aggressive creases further enhance its bold look. Read – New Hyundai Creta Is Coming Soon To India
Moving to the sides and you will notice the flaring fenders with sporty black plastic cladding and a pair of diamond cut five-spoke alloy wheels. It also gets a sloping roofline. The dual-tone exterior, featuring black roof and C-pillar are other highlights on the SUV. The chrome beading on the window and the roof rail on the top adds sporty flair to the SUV. The large plastic areas, which Hyundai called ‘protective armour’ – that placed over the wheel arches give it a rugged look. The flared wheel arches have been fitted to the standard 16-inch wheels. The SUV also come with the optional 17-inch and 18-inch alloy wheels.
While the face of the SUV seems inspired by the Intardo concept, the rear profile shares resemblance with the Tucson. Round the back, the new Hyundai SUV has wraparound cladding that accommodates reversing lights. It additionally gets a separate arrangement for foggy conditions, turn indication and reversing. The SUV also has a spoiler with an integrated LED brake light. Design elements such as skid plate, large bumper and black plastic cladding are also likely to ornate the rear. Read: New Hyundai Elite i20 – All You Need To Know
Hyundai Kona Interior
Hyundai packs its new electric SUV with several comfort and connectivity goodies, and most of them are carried over from the Tucson and the Creta. The global SUV is equipped with plethora of equipment including Hyundai’s new Drive Mode Select, dual-zone climate control and 8.0-inch touchscreen system (5.0-inch as standard). This is for the first time that Hyundai car gets a Display Audio system that supported connected services such as smartphone sync using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Hyundai Kona SUV also comes with a wireless smartphone charging pad. The multi-functional steering wheel gets mounted controls for operating Bluetooth, telephony and audio system. An eight-speaker sound system from Krell comes as standard across the carline. Along with the above mentioned features, the SUV gets a 10-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat, ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, keyless entry and go among several others. Read – New Hyundai Verna Price & Details
Hyundai Kona Electric India Specifications
|Acceleration (0-100kmph)||9.3 seconds||7.6 seconds|
As mentioned above, Hyundai has confirmed the electric version of the Kona for the Indian market. The EV will be introduced with two battery options (first-in-its-segment) – 39.2kWh and 64kWh – offering a claimed range of 300km and 470km from a single charge respectively. The smaller capacity unit can deliver a maximum power output of 133bhp and 394Nm of torque, the latter one can produce a peak power of 200bhp against 394Nm of torque. The smaller capacity battery is capable to mark 0-100kmph sprints in 9.3 seconds and the longer-range version takes 7.6 seconds to achieve the same. The top speed of both the battery packs stands at 167kmph.
The lithium ion battery pack can be charged up to 80% in minimum 54 minutes from a 100kW fast charger in long-range form and maximum 9hr 40min and 6hr 10min from a standard AC power plug for the long and short range versions respectively. Read – New Hyundai Nexo SUV Makes India Debut
Globally, the Kona SUV (regular model) is available with two petrol (1.0-litre T-GDI turbocharged and a 1.6L T-GDI ) and one diesel (a 1.6-litre U2 CRDi) engine options. The smaller capacity gasoline unit makes power worth 119.6bhp against 172Nm of torque at 1,500-4,000rpm. This model accelerates 0-100kmph in 12 seconds before hitting a top speed of 180kmph. On the other hand, the more powerful 1.6L petrol unit belts out 176bhp of power and 264Nm of torque at 1,500-4,000rpm. It can achieve 0-100kmph in 7.9sec, and is claimed to have a top speed of 204kmph. The oil burner offers two states of tunes – 114.5bhp (6-speed MT) and 136bhp (7-speed AT + AWD). The 7-speed gearbox equipped versions will have two driving modes – Normal and Sport.
Compared to the conventional fuel Kona, the electric iteration of the SUV is 15mm longer and 20mm taller. The overall length of the Hyundai Kona electric stands at 4,165mm and its width and height measure 1,800mm and 1,550mm respectively. The SUV has a wheelbase of 2,600mm and a ground clearance of 170mm. Read: Hyundai Creta Vs Nissan Kicks
Hyundai Kona Electric Range/Mileage
In the European market, the new Hyundai SUV will be made available with both petrol and diesel powertrains in manual and automatic options with an optional AWD. As for the India-bound model, Hyundai will launch the electric version of the Kona. While its short-range model offers an electric range of 300km, the long-range model delivers 470km.
Hyundai Kona Comfort
The global-spec Kona SUV underpins the i30 hatchback’s platform. While Hyundai currently lacks a seven-seat model in this price range, it would be better if it thinks of bringing a seven-seat version. Nevertheless, the SUV sitting on a generous wheelbase that offers decent knee room, head space and legroom for the front and rear seats occupants. The seats are wrapped with leather upholstery for a snug and comfortable experience. Check Out – India’s Best Modified Hyundai i20
Hyundai Kona Practicality
Similar to the other Hyundai models, the Kona SUV is quite practical from inside. The vehicle offers multiple storage points including some cubby holes, bottle holders, glove box, etc. At the back, it also has foldable split seats that allow more space for luggage by folding it completely. This five-seater electric SUV comes with a boot space of 373-litres. Along with these bits, the car comes with convenience features such as push button start, large glove box on the co-passenger side, coin holder, bottle holders and cup holders.
Hyundai Kona Safety
Along with the comfort and connectivity features, Hyundai’s new electric SUV comes with pack of advanced safety fitments. For retarding speed, the Kona will get disc units at front axle and at rear axle. Among the primary safety bits, the car gets dual front airbags for driver and co-passenger, additional side airbags and curtain airbags. Other than these, the SUV is also packed with hill-start assist control (HAC), electronic stability control (ESC), vehicle stability management (VSM), front parking sensors, brake assist, downhill brake control among several others. There are several driver assistance systems such as automatic emergency braking, a lane centring system, adaptive cruise control and rear cross-traffic alert. The Kona SUV also achieved top-star safety rating in Euro NCAP crash tests. It scored 87% for adult occupant protection, 85% for child occupant protection, 62% for pedestrian protection and 60% for safety assist system. With such impressive score, it become one of the safest cars in the B-SUV segment.
Should You Wait For This Car?
The South Korean carmaker has confirmed the Hyundai Kona electric SUV for the Indian market. Scheduled to launch next year, the Kona will be the first pure electric car from Hyundai in the country. It will be brought here as a CKD kit, and then assembled at Hyundai’s Chennai based plant. With most of the components to be imported, the SUV will cost over 25 lakh in India. Though, it will target different set of buyers looking for eco-friendly cars.
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Hyundai Kona Preview
Hyundai Kona sub-compact SUV will be the first electric vehicle from the South Korean carmaker in India. The electric SUV will two battery options (first-in-its-segment) – 39.2kWh and 64kWh