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Hyundai Kona Compact SUV Makes India Debut At Auto Expo 2018

– To be unveiled at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo, Hyundai Kona compact SUV will be the company’s fourth SUV in Indian market.

– While the regular model will be showcased at the Delhi Auto Expo, Hyundai will launch the electric Kona in India in 2019.

– To be introduced as CKD unit, the Kona EV is expected to be priced around Rs 25 lakh.

  • Chhavi Kaushik
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Hyundai Kona Compact SUV

South Korean automaker, Hyundai has unveiled the much-awaited Hyundai Kona SUV at the 2018 Dehi Auto Expo. The company has confirmed that the new premium SUV will be launched in the Indian market in 2019. Besides Kona, the Korean brand has showcased the Ioniq electric sedan at the event. The company has showcased the regular version of the electric SUV; however, it will launch the electric version of the car. For people not in the known, Hyundai had revealed the electric version of the Kona at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2017. The Hyundai Kona EV will officially go on sale in global markets at the 2018 Detroit Motor Show.

The car will be imported into India via CKD (Completely Knocked-Down) route and then assembled at its Chennai based production plant. Hyundai officials have said that they are in talks with local manufacturers for battery supply. Additionally, the batteries could also be imported from China and Korea. After witnessing the response, Hyundai could also start developing this urban SUV in India. In terms of positioning, the Hyundai Kona is slotted between Creta and Tucson; but it will target different set of buyers. Featuring conventional design, the Kona compact SUV comes with Hyundai’s new Fluidic Design philosophy. Wrapped in dual-tone shade, this premium SUV features signature ‘cascading’ front grille, two-tier LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights, muscular fenders with thick black plastic cladding and wraparound LED tail-lamps with segregate unit of lights for reverse, foggy conditions and turn indications.

Hyundai Kona SUV At Auto Expo 2018

The regular Kona is available with 3 engine options – 1.0L T-GDI petrol, a 1.6L T-GDI petrol and a 1.6L turbocharged CRDi diesel. In India, Hyundai will launch the electric Kona that is likely to offer a range of around 384km. It could share mechanics with Ioniq electric, which has a 28kWh battery producing 120bhp and offers a range of 280km.  Government of India is also planning to switch to full-electric cars by 2030. Under the new GST tax regime, cess on EVs has been reduced to 12 per cent while the hybrid vehicles have been taxed at 43 per cent. With lowered tax, Hyundai could bring-in this electric SUV in our market.

The Good (Positives)

– Contemporary Styling
– Feature Loaded cabin
– Multiple powertrains
– AWD system
– Top-notch quality

The Bad (Negatives)

– Likely to be pricier than rivals
– Lacks SUV-ish profile

Hyundai Kona Price in India

MinimumRs 25 lakh
MaximumRs 30 lakh

Hyundai’s new SUV has already been launched in the Korean market and will soon go on sale in global markets including Europe and North America. In India, Hyundai will launch the electric version of the Kona and will target a different set of buyers that are now looking at eco-friendly cars. We believe that this electric SUV will be priced around Rs 25 lakh – 30 lakh.

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. 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. The model will come via a CKD route and will go on sale in the first half of 2019.

Hyundai Kona Images

Hyundai Kona Electric Range/Mileage

In the European market, the new Hyundai SUV will be made available with both petrol and diesel engines in manual and automatic options with an optional AWD. As for the India-bound model, Hyundai will launch the electric version of the Kona which will offer a range of over 300km in a single charge.

Hyundai Kona Electric India Specifications

As mentioned above, Hyundai has confirmed the launch of Hyundai Kona for the Indian market. The Korean maker will launch the electric version of the Kona in India. This variant was showcased in Frankfurt. With this SUV, the company aims to have a range of around 380kms. Hyundai is already selling the Ioniq electric in global markets, which is equipped with a 28kwh battery and offers a range of 280km. The same electric motor will power the Kona and is capable of producing 118bhp (88kW) of power and 295Nm of torque.

For international markets, the new SUV is available with two petrol engines and one diesel engine. The two petrol engines include a 1.0-litre T-GDI turbocharged and a 1.6L T-GDI unit, while the oil burner is a 1.6-litre U2 CRDi unit. The smaller capacity gasoline engine is capable of producing 119.6bhp of power and 172Nm of torque at 1,500-4,000rpm. This model accelerates to 100kmph from zero 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 diesel 1.6-litre U2 CRDi engine 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. Other markets could also get a 2.0-litre MPI Atkinson engine. Picture Gallery: Upcoming Hyundai Cars in India

Hyundai Kona India Competition

In the global market, the Kona is slotted between the Creta and Tucson. It challenges the likes of Nissan Juke, Honda HRV and Toyota CHR. The Kona EV won’t have a direct competition in the Indian market, but it might impact the sales of upcoming Toyota CH-R and Honda HR-V.

Hyundai Kona Exterior

Front Profile

Based on the i30 platform, the Kona compact SUV takes design and styling bits from the Intrado concept. Design inspiration comes from Hyundai’s new design language, featuring new signature ‘Cascading Grille’ at the front. The company claims that the SUV design is a perfection combination of high-tech looks and sophistication, and it targets to millennial buyers. Upfront is a thick chrome surround grille, two-tier LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights and sculpted bonnet. Other bits such as small fog lamps, skid plates and aggressive creases complete the bold look.

Side Profile

The side profile of the compact SUV features flaring fenders with sporty black plastic cladding and a pair of diamond cut five-spoke alloy wheels. What further enhances its appeal is a sloping roofline. The dual-tone exterior, featuring black roof and C-pillar are other highlight on the SUV. The chrome beading on the window and the roof rail on the top adds sporty flair to the SUV. The vehicle also gets large plastic areas, which Hyundai called ‘protective armour’ – that placed over the wheel arches to give it a rugged look. The flared wheel arches have been fitted to 16-inch wheels as standard. It also comes with 17-inch and 18-inch alloy wheels as optional.

Rear Profile

While the front fascia of the SUV seems inspired by the Intardo concept, the rear design share resemblance with the Tucson. The new Hyundai SUV gets wraparound cladding that accommodates reversing lights. It additionally get 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.


Ground Clearance170mm

Sits above 4 metre in length, the Kona is 4,165mm in length, 1,800mm in width and has a height of 1,550mm. Compared to its global rival, the SUV is shorter and lower, but it is 35mm wider. It comes with a wheelbase of 2,600mm and has a ground clearance of 170mm.

Hyundai Kona Interior


The global Kona SUV is based on the i30 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 kneeroom, headspace and legroom in front and rear. The seats are wrapped with leather upholstery for a snug and comfortable experience.


Inside the cabin, the Kona comes with multiple storage points including some cubby holes. At the back, it also has foldable split seats that allow more space for luggage by folding it completely. 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.

Infotainment/Music System

Connectivity features on the Kona include a 5.0-inch TFT screen as standard. The top-end version of the SUV will come with an optional 8.0-inch colour touchscreen. This is for the first that Hyundai car gets a Display Audio system that supported connected services such as smartphone sync using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also comes with a wireless smartphone charging pad. The multi-functional steering wheel gets mounted controls for operating Bluetooth, telephony and audio system. The vehicle also has an eight-speaker sound system from Krell as standard.


On the feature front, the SUV borrows goodies from Tucson and Creta. The global SUV is equipped with plethora of equipment including Hyundai’s new Drive Mode Select, dual-zone climate control, 8.0-inch touchscreen system (5.0-inch as standard) with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation and voice recognition. Along with the above mentioned features, the SUV get a 10-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat, leather upholstery, keyless entry and go among several others.

Hyundai Kona Safety & Braking

Along with the comfort and connectivity features, the car also gets host of safety equipment. For retarding speed, Kona will get disc units at front axle and at rear axle. Among the primary safety bits, the car will get 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.

Hyundai Kona Teaser

Is it worth waiting for?

Hyundai has confirmed that the launch of Hyundai Kona SUV in India, but with an electric powertrain. This model will be imported 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.


  1. Nilim Dhargalkar
    August 10, 2017

    I likes this car very much

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