Hyundai had showcased the Kona electric at 2018 MOVE Summit in September last year. The all electric world class SUV was then spied testing in Delhi wearing full camouflage. Now, launch date has been revealed. On 9th July 2019, Hyundai India will launch the much awaited Kona fully electric SUV.
Hyundai Kona electric as compared to the petrol Kona will sport some exterior differences. It will be minus exhausts while it will get a closed grille and 17” alloy wheels. Interiors will be seen with a new digital dashboard while with its battery pack integrated into its platform, interior space will be at a premium. However, with a new charging system at the rear, boot space will be reduced from an original 373 liters to 332 liters.
Internationally, Hyundai Kona electric will have two powertrain options. The 39kW battery pack will offer 312 kms range while the 64 kW unit will offer 482 kms range on a single charge. In India, Hyundai plans a 39kW variant which will offer 136 hp power and 395 Nm torque.
It will allow for acceleration from 0 to 100 kmph in 9.7 seconds and a top speed of 155 kmph. This lithium-ion battery can be charged upto 80 percent via a 100 kW DC fast charger in 5 minutes or via a standard AC charger in 6 hours and 10 minutes.
Interiors will be seen with a head up display, 7” touchscreen infotainment system in India while this will increase to an 8” system in international markets. Heated front seats with 8 way adjustability and safety features such as adaptive cruise control, lane centering system, cross traffic alert and automatic emergency braking will also be among its features. These features, as of now, are only confirmed for its international spec model and it is not yet ascertained whether they will be on offer on the Hyundai Kona electric when it goes on sale in India.
In India, Hyundai Kona electric will be priced around Rs 20 lakhs. It will be brought into the country via the CKD route and will be assembled at the company plant in Chennai. Hyundai India targets sales to the extent of 50 units per month while sales will be through select company dealerships in 20 cities.