Hyundai India has confirmed that it will launch the Kona electric SUV in the second half of 2019. The South Korean carmaker also revealed that its new small car (codenamed AH2) will hit showrooms this festive season (i.e. around October – November, 2018). While the new hatchback will revive the Santro brand in India, the Kona will be the first electric SUV from the South Korean carmaker.
The Hyundai Kona electric SUV first broke cover at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. It made its India debut with conventional fuel system at the Delhi Auto Expo in February, 2018. Globally, the Kona takes on the Honda HR-V, Nissan Juke and Toyota CH-R. Though, it won’t have any direct rival in the Indian market.
Hyundai Kona Electric SUV Picture Gallery
The South Korean carmaker had revealed that the Kona electric SUV will be the first-in-class to offer two battery options – a 39.2kWh and a 64kWh. While the former delivers 133bhp with 394Nm, the latter one offers 200bhp with 394Nm. While the 39.2kWh battery can do 0-100kmph in 9.3 seconds while offering an electric range of 300km, the 64kWh battery accelerates 0-100kmph in 7.6 seconds with a range of 470km. Read: Hyundai Kona SUV – What To Expect
Both the batteries offer a maximum speed of167kmph. With the standard AC plug, the lithium ion battery takes 9hr 40min and 6hr 10min to charge for the long and short range respectively. One can also charge it with a 100kW fast charger up to 80 percent in just 54 minutes for the long-range. Pictures – Hyundai Kona Iron Man Edition
The Hyundai Kona electric SUV shares its platform with the i30 which is sold in global markets. Interestingly, the Kona is one of the safest cars in the B-SUV space. It achieved top safety rating in the Euro NCAP with scores of 87% for adult occupant protection, 85% for child occupant protection, 62% for pedestrian protection and 60% for the safety assist system. It also won the Red Dot Design Award, 2018.
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