The Hyundai Kona is now priced at Rs. 23.72 lakhs, ex-showroom. This fall in price by Rs. 1.6 lakh comes after the government revised the GST rates for EVs from 12% to 5%.
The Government of India recently revised the GST rates of EVs and as a result, the few electric cars on offer in India have got a little easier on the pocket. The Hyundai Kona was launched in India at a price of Rs. 25.3 lakhs, ex-showroom, but after this revision of the GST rates, the Kona’s prices have fallen to Rs. 23.72 lakhs, ex-showroom. The dual-tone variant has been priced at Rs. 23.92 lakhs. That’s a massive drop in price by about Rs. 1.6 lakhs for the Hyundai Kona and prices are effective from August 1, 2019.
That’s not all, Hyundai Kona buyers could enjoy added benefits of about Rs. 1.5 lakhs on the purchase of the car. This comes from the government’s proposal to offer benefits in the form of deductions from taxable income on the interest payable on loans taken for EV purchase.
The Hyundai Kona has also recorded 152 bookings in just 20 days. Hyundai had set an annual target of 500 units and it seems they will achieve that number soon enough. The Kona is available to buy from only select 15 dealerships across the country spread out in 11 cities. The Kona comes to India via the CKD route and then will be assembled here in India. Hyundai has invested heavily in making the Kona a viable alternative to traditional cars here in the Indian market.
The Kona is powered by a 39.2 kWh battery which churns out 131 bhp and 395 Nm of torque. We have driven the Kona and we can tell you that the torque surge is instantaneous and it feels quite exciting. The Kona is also rich in features and it has ample space in both its rows. The Kona will come with a portable charger and a wall box charger as well which will be installed by the company for the owners.
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As for the features, the eSUV gets an electric sunroof, front ventilated and heated seats, 10-way power adjustable driver seat with lumbar support, Electronic parking brake, button type shift by wire technology and among others. It also gets leather seats, digital instrument cluster, 17.7cm touchscreen infotainment unit with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Voice Recognition as connectivity features. Bi-Function LED headlamps, steering mounted audio controls are also some of the premium features.