Hyundai Kona Electric SUV is all set to make its India debut tomorrow. The South Korean will be officially unveiling its first ever all-electric SUV - Hyundai Kona on 9th of July in India. The car maker is expected to reveal the prices for its unique offering at the event. Moreover, Hyundai will also be streaming the launch event straight from the venue on the official Facebook account and YouTube channel. Once launched, the SUV will take on MG eZS electric, which is slate to come later this year. To give more insight about Hyundai's upcoming SUV, we have compiled five important things you should know about the new Kona electric. Hyundai Kona Electric SUV Launching in India on July 9, 2019.
1. Though the car maker hasn't revealed the route for Kona electric, it is speculated that the SUV will be brought into the country via CKD (Completely Knocked Down) route, which will be assembled at Hyundai's facility in Chennai. The CKD route will help Hyundai to position the Kona electric very aggressively against the rivals, which will be quite difficult if brought through CBU route.
2. The all-electric SUV from Hyundai India will carry aerodynamic design elements like closed grille with with twin headlights, aerodynamic 17-inch wheels, the front bumper with active air flap, LED DRLs and LED taillights and much more.
3. On the mechanical front, the international version of Kona SUV is offered with two battery options - 39.2 kWh & 64kWh. The smaller battery pack offers 312kms of range on a single charge whereas the bigger pack offers driving range of around 482 kms. While, the standard trim will develop 136 hp and 395 Nm of power figures, the bigger trim can make 204 hp of power and 395 Nm of torque.
4. Moreover, the company claims that the running cost of Hyundai Kona is 80 percent lower than a petrol car. Also, Hyundai has mentioned that an electric vehicle offers a lower maintenance cost than the regular petrol vehicle. Hyundai Kona delivers more efficiency because of the reduced overall drag coefficient.
5. Coming to the price point, the Hyundai India is likely to be priced in the range of Rs 25 lakh to Rs 30 lakh (ex-showroom). As far as the competition is concerned, the new Hyundai Kona Electric will take on Jeep Compass, Hyundai Tucson, Isuzu MU-X, Mahindra Alturas, Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Volkswagen Tiguan, Honda CR-V and Ford Endeavour based on the price range.