The Hyundai Kona Electric SUV will be the automaker’s first electric vehicle in India. Prices are likely to start from INR 25 Lakh. The launch will happen sometime during the year 2019.
At the ongoing 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Hyundai has finally premiered the Kona Electric SUV. Before this, the SUV was unveiled to the world through a series of images, by the automaker itself. The Hyundai Kona Electric is a very important product for the South Korean automaker. The reason for this is that the Kona will be Hyundai’s first electric SUV in the European markets. Not only this, according to a report published in Autocar India, it will also be Hyundai’s first electric SUV in the Indian market as well. Hyundai has revealed that the Kona electric will be available with a choice of two electric powertrains. Not only this but that the SUV will have a range of 482 km on a single charge. We saw the first glimpse of the Kona in India at the 2018 Auto Expo, however, it was a concept model.
Hyundai Kona Electric SUV: What powers this?
The Kona electric SUV will feature a choice to two different powertrains. The first one gets a 39.2 KW Lithium-Ion Polymer battery pack. It produces 133 BHP of maximum power alongside 395 Nm of peak torque. The other one gets a 64 KW Lithium-Ion Polymer battery pack. This one can produce 201 BHP along with 395 NM of peak torque.
Hyundai Kona Electric SUV: What range does it offer?
The 39.2 KW battery pack will offer a range of 299 km. The 64 KW battery pack, on the other hand, will offer a range of 469 km. The smaller battery pack is ideal for those commuting only in the city. While the larger battery pack is ideal for those whose commute involves long distances.
Hyundai Kona Electric SUV: How long will it take to charge?
Hyundai claims that the 39.KW battery charges to full in 6 hours and 10 mins. The 64 KW battery pack will take 9 hours 40 mins for a full charge. That said, fast charging will fill up the SUV back with juice, up to 80 percent, in just 54 minutes for both battery packs.
Hyundai Kona Electric SUV: Is it fast?
Well, yes! The Hyundai Kona electric SUV can reach from nought to a 100 km/h in just 9.3 seconds. Considering it is a mid-sized SUV, this number is quite decent.
Hyundai Kona Electric SUV: Is it well equipped?
The Kona electric SUV is aesthetically identical to its petrol-powered sibling. It gets LED headlamps, LED taillamps along with new alloy wheels exclusive to the electric SUV. It comes with a 7-inch display for the instrument cluster to display the gauges and driver information. Along with this, is a centrally mounted, touchscreen infotainment display. Apart from other standard features like automatic climate control, electrically adjustable driver’s seat and leather upholstery, the Kona offers mood lighting. It changes the backlight of the instrument cluster depending upon the driving mode selected.
Hyundai Kona Electric SUV: Will it come to India?
Hyundai did confirm that it will launch an electric vehicle in India next year. Now, according to recent media reports, this electric vehicle will be the Kona electric. It is likely that the electric Kona will launch in India sometime during the latter half of 2019.
Hyundai Kona Electric SUV: How much will it cost?
The Indian Government, in the recent past, has launched several schemes to aid the faster adoption of electric cars in India. If Hyundai manufactures the Kona electric in India, expect the price to be around the mark of INR 12 lakh to 16 lakh.
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