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2019 Hyundai Kona Electric will be the company's first all-electric model for India

Team OD  /
21 Mar 2018 18:28:50 IST

Hyundai's first all-electric car for India will be the Kona electric plug-in crossover. This car was recently unveiled in production form at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show while a concept version was shown in India at the 2018 Auto Expo. The Indian-spec car, expected in 2019, is set to be offered with the base 135PS, 300km range electric motor. The 39.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack this motor is paired with propels the electric Kona from 0 to 100kmph in 9.3s and onto a top speed of 167kmph, mainly due to its 395Nm of torque available from standstill. This battery can be fully charged in six hours or gain 80 per cent charge (240km range) in an hour with a fast charger. Reports suggest that the car could come in via the CKD route and be priced at around Rs 25 lakh.

Internationally, the Kona electric comes with another larger 64kWh battery with 211PS and 470km range but this is unlikely to be sold in India. The exterior styling of the electric Kona is similar to the combustion-engined version with the only difference being a closed-off grille, 17-inch alloy wheels and aerodynamically designed bumpers and spoiler. The interior comes with a redesigned centre stack to replace the gear lever from the regular version, an all-digital instrument cluster, head up display and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with an optional 8-inch unit. Heated and ventilated front seats with 8-way adjustability are available. On the safety front, the 5-star NCAP rated Hyundai Kona electric comes with adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, rear cross traffic alert and automatic emergency braking. But the full suite of these safety features is unlikely to make it to India.

When launched, the Kona electric will not have any direct rivals. It will instead compete in price with cars like the Jeep Compass, upcoming Honda CR-V, VW Tiguan and its own stablemate, the Hyundai Tucson. Hyundai will be hoping the Kona electric will attract buyers with its unconventional styling and due to a growth in interest in electric cars in the country.

Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 24.4 Lakhs
Displacement
1597cc
Transmission
Automatic
Max Power(ps)
120
Max Torque(Nm)
300
Mileage
19.5 Kmpl
Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 18 Lakhs
Displacement
1995cc
Transmission
Automatic
Max Power(ps)
185
Max Torque(Nm)
400
Mileage
16.38 Kmpl
Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 15.35 Lakhs
Displacement
1956cc
Transmission
Manual
Max Power(ps)
173
Max Torque(Nm)
350
Mileage
16.3 Kmpl

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