The new Hyundai Kona has been launched in India finally as India's first all electric SUV. Hyundai Kona arrives to India through the CKD (Completely Knocked Down) route and the company aims to sell close to 1,000 units of the Kona in India during the first year. Hyundai also confirmed that it will sell the Kona SUV in select cities initially that will include the top 10 metros. In the international markets, the Hyundai Kona is available with an all-electric powertrain along with a gasoline engine option as well. For the time being, only the electric variant of the Kona will be on sale in India. The Hyundai Kona electric has been launched in India in a single variant only at a price of Rs 25.3 lakh (ex-showroom, India).
Multiple driving modes
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Six airbags standard
The Hyundai Kona electric looks like the IC engined model that is sold internationally. However, the electric model misses out on an exhaust, badging and the front grille for obvious reasons. The HYundai Kona electric will be available for sale in India in four solid colour options along with a dual tone paint scheme. The Kona electric has generous proportions and looks like a proper SUV that has a good road presence too.
The interiors of the Hyundai Kona electric gets a 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Apart from this, you also get a 7-inch digital dashboard along with features like heads up display and automatic climate control. The Hyundai Kona electric gets heated and ventilated seats up front and the driver's seat is 10-way electrically adjustable.
The Hyundai Kona electric is powered by a permanent magnet synchronous motor that is good for producing an equivalent of 136 hp of power and 395 Nm of torque. With this, the electric SUV can do a sprint from 0 to 100 kmph in 9.7 seconds. The vehicle comes with a 39.2 kWh lithium ion battery that offers an ARAI claimed 452 km range per single full charge. The battery pack can be charged to 100 percent in just 57 min using a 50kW DC fast charger. While charging through a standard AC source, the total time required to completely charge the battery will be 6 hr 10 min.
Being a pure electric SUV, the Hyundai Kona electric gets a single speed reduction gear. With this, you do not have to change gears like a conventional manual car. The Kona electric SUV comes with four driving modes namely Eco, Eco+, Comfort and Sport.
The Hyundai Kona electric SUV comes with safety features like six airbags, ABS with EBDtraction control system, tyre pressure monitoring system, hill start assist and a rear camera along with rear parking sensors. The vehicle also gets a rear defogger and ISOFIX child seat mounts. Last but definitely not the least, the Kona electric comes with Virtual sound system that produces the sound of an internal combustion engine to alert other users on the road.
Hyundai Kona electric comes with an ARAI certified range of 452 km, which is quite good for an electric vehicle. In real world driving conditions, the electric SUV should offer a realistic range of close to 300 km when you charge the battery fully.
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