Hyundai does not appear to be satisfied with its number-2 position in the Indian market and is working hard to change the status quo. After Venue’s successful launch that almost unseated Maruti Suzuki Brezza in June, Hyundai has launched Kona, India’s first fully electric SUV. With Kona, Hyundai gets the first mover advantage, which will help the company to take the lead in electric car segment.
One of the main concerns that people have about electric cars is the possibility of getting stranded due to a discharged battery. However, Hyundai Kona has this covered, as it can run a staggering 452 km on full charge. This is a lot more than you will need for your city commutes and will also be sufficient for your weekend trips.
With Kona, range anxiety is set to become a thing of the past. When plugged into an AC socket, Kona can be fully charged in around 6 hours 10 minutes. A DC fast charging option is also provided, which can charge Kona from 0 to 80% in just an hour’s time. Watch one of the first owner taking a look at his Hyundai Kona electric in India.
Hyundai is setting up charging stations across various cities for the convenience of Kona users. Even if you do get stranded for any reason, Hyundai’s 24/7 roadside assistance will ensure that you reach your destination safely. Charging support from a service vehicle will be offered in select cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai. Kona comes with an advanced Lithium-ion Polymer battery with industry first 8 years/1,60,000 km warranty. Product warranty of 3 years/unlimited km is also best-in-class.
Powering Hyundai Kona is a Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (PMSM) that generates 134 hp of max power and 395 Nm of max torque. Engine is mated to an automatic single speed reduction gear. Users can choose from drive modes of Eco, Comfort and Sport. For quick acceleration, users can choose Sport mode, which allows 0-100 kmph in just 9.7 seconds.
Kona comes in a snazzy package, featuring LED headlamps, LED DRLs, closed-off front grille, LED tail lights and 17-inch alloy wheels. On the inside, there’s ventilated & heated seats, paddle shift for regenerative braking, digital instrument cluster, sunroof, power adjustable ORVMs, cruise control, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, USB charger, 7” touchscreen infotainment system and head-up display.
Security features on-board Kona include 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, ESC, tyre pressure monitoring system, vehicle stability management, reverse parking sensors, central locking, high speed alert, burglar alarm and virtual engine sound system.
At Rs 25.3 lakh, Kona may appear to be a bit pricey. However, customers stand to gain in the long run, as running cost of Kona is approximately 1/5th of conventional cars using internal combustion engine. Kona will be imported in India as CKDs and assembled at the company’s facility in Chennai.