2019 Hyundai Kona Electric SUV India Launch Will Happen At A Premium Price
Hyundai is readying its first electric SUV, the Kona for Indian launch in mid-2019 and the SUV was spotted testing on Delhi roads without any camouflage. It is already on sale globally and comes with two battery options – a 39 kW and 64 kW. While the former comes with a range of 312 km, the latter offers an impressive 482 km range.
For the Indian market,Hyundai is expected to bring Kona’s smaller 39 kW version. The motor has a rated output of 136 bhp and 395 Nm and it can do a 0-100 kmph stint in less than 9.7 seconds.
Further, this electric motor can propel the SUV to the top speed of 155 kmph. The charging prowess of this lithium-ion battery is quite competent too. A 100 kW DC fast charger can recharge 80% of the battery in just 54 minutes while the use of normal AC adapter takes 6 hours 10 minutes.
Kona’s interiors are quite spacious and credit must be given to the smart integration of the battery pack in its platform. The provision of charging cable, however, has reduced the boot space from a 373-liter to 332-litre.
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Internationally, the Kona comes equipped with 17″ alloys, heads-up display, touchscreen infotainment system, electrically adjustable ventilated front seats, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control. The Indian version is also likely to come well equipped though which of these features will make to India is not clear for now.
Hyundai is aiming to sell around 50-60 units/month of Kona in India, implying Kona will be used as a Halo product – to showcase the company’s electric credentials. To keep the cost in check, Hyundai will assemble Kona locally here in India. This, we guesstimate, will help the Hyundai to cap Kona’s price around Rs 25 lakh.
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