Hyundai launched the Venue sub-4 meter SUV back in May this year and now the South Korean manufacturer has dropped another SUV-crossover in the Indian market. This time though, it is the fully-electric Kona SUV which has been a long-anticipated vehicle from Hyundai. Launched in an event at the Buddh International Circuit, the Hyundai Kona is offered in a single variant that has a price tag of Rs. 25.30 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and Rs. 25.50 lakh for dual-tone paint version. It will be initially brought in via the CBU route and is Hyundai’s first electric car in India along with being the first fully electric SUV to be launched here.
Design-wise, the Hyundai Kona looks a bit unconventional yet stylish. The lack of a typical air intake grille at the front is one of the major elements that distinguish the Kona from the herd of other fossil fuel burning SUVs. The SUV features a bi-functional LED headlight setup with auto levelling function and cornering lamps. Hyundai also manufacturers a regular internal combustion engine-powered version of the Kona EV upon which the EV is based on.
The Kona EV gets stylish 17-inch multispoke alloy wheels along with black side body cladding that gives a tough look to the whole car and suggests that it is an SUV. The shoulder line carries a sharp crease that starts from the front door and flows to the tail lamps. The tail lamps also get a split design just like the headlamps.
Being a Hyundai car, the Kona is filled to the brim with features. The interiors are all draped in black and the leather upholstery adds to the premium feel inside the cabin. The Kona EV comes with several features that include 10-way powered driver seat, heated+ventilated rear seats, a 17.77 cm touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual-zone climate control, satellite navigation, 8-speaker KRELL premium audio system with a subwoofer, wireless charging, tilt and telescopic steering adjust, cruise control, smart electric sunroof, drive mode selector and electric parking brake among others.
Safety features on this SUV include six airbags, anti-lock brake system, blind-spot detection, hill-start assist, reverse camera, impact and speed sensing door lock, disc brakes on all wheels, real-time traffic alert, TPMS, virtual engine sound and autonomous emergency braking among others.
Coming to the power source of the Kona EV, this SUV gets the smaller 39.2 kWh battery pack in India. This pack produces around 135 Bhp of power and 395 Nm of peak torque along with delivering an ARAI certified all-electric range of 452 km in a single charge. The battery can be fully charged from 0% to 100% in about 6 hours 10 minutes with regular AC charging. With a 50kW DC fast charger, the SUV can be charged from 0% to 80% in approximately 57 minutes. The Kona can do the 0-100 km/h run in just 9.3 seconds which is pretty decent if not fast.
Hyundai will provide two chargers with the Kona EV, a portable wall charger and an AC wall box charger. The portable charger can be plugged in any 3 pin 15 A socket and gives a range of 50 km under three hours of charging while the AC wall box charger can do the same within an hour. Hyundai will also provide charging solutions support to the buyers which includes installation along with any power supply upgradations required. at the buyer’s home. The company is working on providing fast-charging infrastructure in select cities. All Hyundai dealerships which will sell EVs will have a 7.2 kW AC charger to cater to the needs of the customer.
Hyundai has set an initial sales target close to 1000 units of the Kona EV in the Indian market for the first year. Moreover, the company will initially offer the electric SUV in select cities which will include the top-10 metros. As for the competition, there is none in sight currently. However, Nissan will most probably launch the Leaf EV in the coming time which will also be priced around the same price range. Moreover, the MG e-ZS EV will be launched before the end of this year and though it will have a starting price of under Rs. 10 lakh, the top-end variant of the SUV could provide some competition to the Kona.