Hyundai launched the much-awaited all-new Kona EV in the Indian market today. The all-new electric SUV has become the most affordable electric SUV in the Indian market and is priced at Rs 25.3 lakh for the base variant and Rs 25.5 lakh, ex-showroom for the dual-tone version. Since the Indian government announced that the registration tax will not be charged on the electric vehicles, we may get to see a competitive on-road price of the Kona in the Indian market. Hyundai has released the first TVC of the all-electric EV for the Indian market.
The TVC highlights the 452 km driving range of the Kona Electric while also talking about its acceleration. Hyundai claims that the Kona can do 0-100 km/h in just 9.7 seconds. The Kona EV will come with 3-year unlimited kilometre warranty. Also, since the consumers worry a lot about the batteries and cost of replacing them, Hyundai is offering a massive 8-year warranty on the set of lithium-ion batteries. The 8-year warranty is range limited and will be applicable until the car reaches 1.6 lakh km only.
The Kona EV available in the Indian market is only available in a single variant whereas internationally, there are two variants of the Kona. The Kona EV looks quite unorthodox, especially because of lack of a front grille. Since it is an EV, the vehicle does not require air to burn any fuel, which is why there is no front grille. The charging port is located at the front of the SUV though.
The Kona comes loaded with features and gets the latest Hyundai design. It gets sleek LED DRL placed on either side of the grille while the main headlamp cluster is positioned below in the bumper. It gets bi-functional LED headlamps with auto-levelling function. Other features include 17-inch multispoke alloy wheels and thick cladding all around. The Kona Electric gets a floating-type 8-inch infotainment system on the inside and also offers Smartphone connectivity, wireless charging, ventilated seats, heads-up display, ABS and EBD as well. The cabin is quite plush and gets leather seats, digital instrument cluster, bi-functional LED lamps, electric sunroof, 10-way electrically adjustable driver seat, electric parking brake and more such features. Hyundai also offers a virtual engine sound that alerts the pedestrians and other motorists on the roads.
Coming to the powerhouse, the Indian version of the Kona is powered by a 39.2 kWh battery that can push the vehicle to a maximum range of 452 km on a full charge. The battery can be completely charged to full in seven to eight hours using standard charging. While fast charging can take the battery level to 80% in just 54 minutes. All the Hyundai Kona buyers will get a portable charger and an AC wall box charger. The motor generates a maximum of 100 kW or 131 Bhp of peak power. The motor also generates a maximum of 395 Nm.