– Hyundai Kona SUV (regular model) made its India debut at the 2018 Auto Expo.
– Hyundai will launch the electric version of the SUV in India early next year.
– The Kona electric is the first car in its category to offer two battery packs.
– Its short and long-range models offer range of 300km and 470km respectively.
The all-new Hyundai Kona Electric SUV will hit Indian roads in the first half of 2019.
All-new Hyundai Kona Electric SUV recently made its public debut at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. Based on the new Kona compact SUV (regular model), this Kona EV is the first electric vehicle in its segment to offer 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.
Interestingly, the Hyundai Kona EV is the company’s second all-electric vehicle, following the Ioniq. The latter one made its India debut at the 2018 Auto Expo alongside the Kona SUV (the regular version). First previewed at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Hyundai Kona electric will make its way to India via CKD (Completely Knocked-Down) route. The South Korean carmaker will assemble the CKD kit at its Chennai based production plant. 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
– 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 Read – Hyundai Cars at 2018 Auto Expo
|Minimum||Rs 25 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 30 lakh|
Hyundai’s new SUV – the Kona (the regular version) is already on sale in the Korean market, and it will soon be rolled out in the global markets including Europe and North America. On the other hand, the electric iteration of the SUV will go on sale in European carmaker this summer (mid 2018). The South Korean carmaker will introduce all-electric version of the vehicle that will target eco-friendly car buyers. The Indian Government is also planning to switch to full-electric cars by 2030.
Under the new GST tax regime, the cess on EVs has been reduced to 12 per cent while the hybrid vehicles have been taxed at 43 per cent. With lowered tax, the new Hyundai electric SUV is likely to be positioned quite competitively. The Kona electric is estimated to be priced around Rs 25 lakh for the entry-level variant and Rs 30 lakh for the range-topping 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.
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. As mentioned above, the EV model will come via a CKD route and is reported to go on sale by mid 2019. The company hasn’t yet confirmed the exact launch details of the SUV.
Hyundai Kona SUV At Auto Expo 2018
Similar to the regular model, the Kona electric features 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 also misses out on exhausts. The company claims that the SUV design is a perfect combination of high-tech looks and sophistication, and it targets to millennial buyers. Underpinning 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. Other bits such as small fog lamps, skid plates and aggressive creases complete the bold look. Read – New Hyundai Creta Is Coming Soon To India
Accentuating the side profile of the compact SUV are 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 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 16-inch wheels as standard. It also comes with 17-inch and 18-inch alloy wheels as optional.
While the front fascia of the SUV seems inspired by the Intardo concept, the rear profile shares resemblance with the Tucson. Round the back, the new Hyundai SUV gets 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
In terms of features, the SUV borrows comfort and connectivity 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 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. 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. 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
|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 come 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 generate a maximum power output of 133bhp with 394Nm of torque, the latter one pushes out a peak power of 200bhp with 394Nm. The smaller capacity battery can mark 0-100kmph 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 standard Kona, the electric version is 15mm longer and 20mm taller. The compact SUV measures 4,165mm in length, 1,800mm in width and has a height of 1,550mm. It comes with a wheelbase of 2,600mm and has a ground clearance of 170mm. Read: Hyundai Creta Vs Nissan Kicks
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. Its short-range and long-range models deliver a range of 300km and 470km respectively.
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. Check Out – India’s Best Modified Hyundai i20
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. This five-seater electric SUV offers 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.
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 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.
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.
Hyundai Kona sub-compact SUV will sit between the Creta and Tucson in India, and go up against the Toyota's upcoming CH-R. It will also take on the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara and Honda HR-V.