The Hyundai Kona electric SUV will be launched in India late next year. This news was confirmed by the company today. Hyundai says that they are looking at the pure electric space and hybrids are a strict no-no. It is likely that Hyundai will have a Nexa-styled dealerships for the Kona and subsequently others electrics. Hyundai will initially bring in the Kona electric through the CKD route. The expected price will be Rs 20 lakh. However, series manufacturing will be considered at a later stage. This will bring down the cost of the car.
The Hyundai Kona electric SUV will come in its base guise – 312km range and a 135PS/395Nm motor. This will be the first electric SUV in the country. The range is claimed to be a real-world figure. Hyundai makes use of a 40kWh Lithium-ion battery pack. The 0-100kmph run is done in just 7.6 seconds. The top speed is 155kmph. Hyundai will offer a fast charger with the car. 80 per cent of the charge will be available to customers within an hour. If you prefer using the regular charger, then the charging time will be six hours.
Visually, the Hyundai Kona will look different than its conventional fueled cousin. This includes the absence of a grille, energy efficient wheels, lighter alloys and a differently styled instrument cluster. Expect the same amount of creature comforts and equipment as with the regular car. The focus of the Hyundai Kona electric SUV is expected to be ride comfort. Given Hyundai’s nifty expertise in the service department, the Kona will be ably backed too.
While there aren’t any direct competitors for the Kona electric, Maruti-Toyota will be bringing out its electric SUV in 2019. It is expected that the latter will be priced very aggressively.
Hyundai India recently said that their Sriperumbudur plant is ready for manufacturing BS-VI compliant cars. The plant has also been beefed up for the upcoming mandatory dual airbags and ABS rule. This will be applicable for all new cars manufactured and sold in India from April 2019.