Almost all major automakers will be showcasing their electric products for the Indian car market in 2019. While that is exciting, the biggest question in our country is – the lack of infrastructure to support such products. The other problem is the lack of range provided by electric vehicles. The range of an electric vehicle can make or break the whole experience as range anxiety sets in. That said, one major manufacturer is not scared to take a shot at this market. The Hyundai Kona 2019 is going to launch this year. Tata, Ford, Maruti, Mahindra, Jaguar, Nissan, etc are all planning to introduce some of the other electric cars in India soon. The Hyundai Kona 2019 electric is going to be the first car that the manufacturer gets for the Indian car market. The car will be launched next month.
The range of 350 kilometers which is theoretically a big number, is a big talking point. Depending on driving style and conditions the number could go up or down. It has been recently spied testing on Indian roads, and to check those pictures out – scroll down. So what do you think? What kind of car will it be? An electric SUV for the family? How many features will it have?
Hyundai Kona 2019 electric Launch Date in India
We can expect this car to come by mid-2019. This will be an all-new vehicle and doesn’t share any kind of platform with other products. Also, the electric battery pack will make it a complete import. Last year, at the Tamil Nadu investor summit, Hyundai has announced that it will be investing Rs. 7,000 crore in its production base and part of the money will go into the manufacturing of the all-electric Kona SUV. BC Dutta, Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Hyundai has confirmed that the Kona EV will go on sale in H2 2019.
|Hyundai Kona 2019 Electric||Launching on 9th, June.|
Hyundai Kona 2019 electric Price in India
|Minimum Price||₹ 22 lakhs|
|Maximum Price||₹ 27 lakhs|
The Kona with an IC engine would have been in the same pricing bracket as the Hyundai Creta. The electric Kona will be more expensive and the additional duty charges make it about ₹ 22-27 lakhs. From what we understand the Kona electric will take either the CKD route or be a CBU. Hyundai will be offering this new SUV for the Indian car market at an affordable price, a CBU would be more expensive for that. This is an expensive price tag as the vehicle will not be heavily locally built. But plans for the Kona to be locally built are underway. Once that can be achieved the pricing will drop and we will see that for all the electric vehicles. The Indian government is looking to curb the import of fossil fuels and electric vehicles are the only way out of that.
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Hyundai Kona 2019 electric Design
The Hyundai Kona 2019 is a stylish crossover electric will look no different from its petrol and diesel siblings. There is a large trapezoidal front grille with honeycomb mesh. The headlamps and daytime running LEDs are sleek and pulled back. The front side resembles the new Hyundai Kona 2019 with headlight setup like the new Hyundai Venue. The DRLs are placed separately from the main headlight unit giving it a different stance than what a conventional car looks like. The side profile is well chiseled with crisp lines running across. There are 17-inch wheels and pillars and roof are blacked out. It doesn’t have the appearance of an SUV or the road presence of the Creta but it does stand out in styling. There are several bits about this crossover that are not very Hyundai SUV design which is the case with companies with electric cars.
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Hyundai Kona 2019 electric Interiors
Stylish all-black interiors complement the exterior styling. There is large touchscreen jutting out like a tab. It features other elements like a new-gen steering wheel, climate control and all the bells and whistles you need in an SUV. There will be space for five and more than sufficient ample headroom and knee room in both the rows. We need to wait until we get to review the Kona in detail.
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Hyundai Kona 2019 electric Specifications
In international markets, the Kona EV is available with two options – a 39kW battery pack with about 312km claimed range and a 64kW unit with a 482km range on a single charge. For India, Hyundai is expected to bring the 39kW model, which makes the equivalent of 136hp and 395Nm of peak torque, has a claimed 0-100kph time of 9.7sec and a top speed of 155kph. The lithium-ion battery pack can be charged to 80 percent capacity in as little as 54min using a 100kW DC fast charger, or 6hr 10min from a standard AC source.
Hyundai Kona 2019 electric Spy Shots
In comparison to the standard Kona SUV, the Hyundai Kona 2019electric gets subtle visual differences outside. These subtle changes are like the absence of exhausts, a closed grille, and 17-inch alloy wheels, while the cabin features a digital dashboard. Hyundai claims that the battery pack has been integrated into the SUVs’ platform without compromising on interior space, although the charging cable at the rear has caused the car’s original 373-liter boot space to fall to 332 liters.
Hyundai Kona 2019 electric Competition
The Hyundai Kona 2019 electric is meant to be a statement to show Hyundai’s commitment to an EV future. This means that it is not expected to sell in large numbers. Hyundai plans to keep a framed target of about 50-60 units per month. However, the Korean brand is looking at locally assembling the Kona EV using CKD units in order to keep costs down. The Kona will not face competition from its own segment right away but from the electric cars that will come at a lower price and will be more affordable. MG, Kia, Mahindra, and many manufacturers are planning electric SUVs for India soon. People who want to by an expensive SUV and want an electric car will have the Kona as a choice as of now.