Hyundai, the South Korean automaker has recently unveiled its new compact SUV – Kona – which is also speculated to be launched in India. Interestingly, the Korean automaker is considering the electric version of the SUV. According to AutoCarIndia, the Hyundai Kona electric model could be launched in the Indian market towards the end of 2018. The electric SUV is set to make its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 2018. Read More – Hyundai Kona all you need to know
The Korean brand earlier planned to launch the mild-hybrid and full-hybrid vehicles in the country, but has withdrawn its plans due to increasing tax on such vehicles under GST (Goods and Services Tax) regime. Additionally, Government of India has reduced excise benefits on electric vehicles. Furthermore, GOV is also planning to switch to full-electric vehicles by 2030. This move of bringing this electric SUV is also influenced by this GST decision. Under GST, hybrid and electric vehicles have been taxed at 43 per cent and 12 per cent respectively.
Speaking to Autocar India, YK Koo, managing director and CEO, Hyundai Motor India said “Post implementation of GST, the benefits towards mild-hybrid and strong-hybrid vehicles are continuously decreasing. So, at present, we are evaluating an electric vehicle instead of a hybrid”.
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Featuring crossover-ish look, Hyundai Kona electric will get the company’s new design philosophy. The vehicle gets signature ‘Cascading’ front grille and two-tier LED headlamps with LED daytime running lamps. Other design highlights include muscular fenders with thick black plastic cladding, wraparound LED taillamps, etc. It will be equipped with a range of technology including a revised infotainment system and a head-up display.
Globally, the SUV will be available with a range of petrol and diesel engines – a 1.0-litre T-GDT petrol, a 1.6-litre T-GDI petrol and a 1.6-litre U2 CRDi diesel. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed DCT automatic.