Hyundai Kona is the recent launch by the car makers in India.Launched on July 9, 2019, Kona is the first electric SUV of India.We have a few electric cars running in India and with Kona being becoming popular within very less time is surely inviting a number of car makers towards the future of mobility.
Hyundai Kona is a long range electric vehicle with a claimed range of upto 452 kms on a single charge.It is India’s 1st long range electric vehicle introduced as a result of which it has got such a great initial response.
Not only the car makers have received 120 bookings in 10 days but also a huge number of people have also requested for the test drive of the newly launched electric SUV.Around 10,000 people have already requested Hyundai Motors India for the test drive of Kona.
Hyundai Kona has been launched at a introductory price of Rs. 25.3 Lakhs (Ex Showroom).It comes available in just a single variant and if you want to purchase the dual tone variant, it costs Rs. 20,000 than the standard single tone trim.The price will come down by Rs. 1.5 Lakhs as government has announced GST reduction from 12% to 5%.
Most of the customers were concerned about the charging infrastructure and the government of India is taking concerned steps to quickly shift to electrified vehicles.Also Hyundai is also proving a portable charger as well as and AC wall box charger along with the SUV.While the AC wall charger can juice up the battery to 100% in 6 hours and 50 KWh charger can do the same in just 57 minutes.
Also, Hyundai India has partnered with Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) to setup electric charging stations in selected fuel pumps in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru, which would further boost up the sales of the electric car.Hyundai Kona will be sold in 11 cities by 15 dealers and some selected dealerships will also have charging stations as well.
Hyundai Kona gets a 39.2 KWh advanced lithium ion battery on which Hyundai is offering 8 years and 1,60,000 kms of warranty along with 3 years and unlimited kms warranty for the car which ensures complete peace of mind.
Kona gets a very futuristic design.Upfront, it gets LED DRLs at the top, enclosed front grille with also charging port, bi-functional LED headlamps with cornering lamp and positioning lamp.It gets very stylish 17 inch alloys and LED tail lamps.
Its cabin is rich and refreshing.At the centre, sits 8 inch infotainment system, metal finish on certain elements, all black interior theme with leather upholstery.Overall, it is a very sporty and premium interiors.
No doubt, it is a feature loaded SUV.Some of the top features features of this SUV are heated and ventilated front seats with 10 way power adjustment as well, wireless charging, electric sunroof, Heated ORVMs, 7 inch heads up display, smart keyless entry with push start stop button, fully automatic ac, cruise controls, digital instrument cluster.
In terms of safety, it boasts up Auto Dimming IRVM, 6 airbags, auto headlamps, follow me home head lamps, tyre pressure monitoring system, Electronic Parking Brake, Traction Control System, Hill Launch Assist, ISOFIX child seat mounts, rear parking sensors with camera.
Hyundai Kona has a top speed of 167 kmph and go from 0 to 100 in 9.7 seconds.The electric motor produces 136 HP of power and massive 395 NM of torque.It also drive modes including Eco, Eco Plus, Comfort and Sport to enchance either the fuel efficiency or the performance.
Hyundai Kona is the first electric car by the car makers for India.They have plans to introduce a number of them in next 2-3 years and have about Rs. 2000 Crore investment as they are bringing their another electric vehicle priced under Rs. 10 Lakhs.
Currently, Hyundai Kona has no direct rival but Morris Garages will be launching they eZS electric SUV in the price bracket of Rs. 20 L – Rs. 25 L which will directly compete vs Kona.Also Maruti Ertiga will also get a electrified variant some where 2020-21 which will be placed nearing the same price tag.