Hyundai Kona Launched At ₹25.3 Lakh, Comes As India’s First Fully- Electric SUV

Hyundai Motor launched the country’s first fully electric SUV in New Delhi on Tuesday starting at the price of ₹25.3 lakh (ex-showroom).

The dual tone colour option will come at an additional cost of ₹20,000.

The SUV will offer a range of 452 km/charge, according to ARAI certification.

An 80% charge can be achieved in 57 minutes with DC quick charger, using the CCS type II charging port. You may find this at Hyundai facility in selected cities (Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai). Hyundai is collaborating with IOCL to set up public chargers. Official said four such charging stations are coming up soon in the selected cities.

A 7.2 kW level-II AC wall box charger, installed in home or office, takes 6 hours and 10 minutes. You may also choose to charge the SUV by plugging a 2.8 kW portable charger into a normal wall socket. The car is equipped with in-cable control box (ICCB) that takes 19 hour for a full charge.

Touted to be an ‘icon of pure tech’, Kona has a sporty aesthetics and eco-oriented appearance. A well-proportioned body appearance is complemented by a long wheelbase and short overhangs. The charging port integrated in the front grills, distinctive split-type headlamps and DRLs, roof rails, smart electric roof boost the urban appeal of the SUV.

Under the roof, Kona boosts state-of-art features like bridge type centre console, leather wrapped steering wheel and seats, soft touch dashboard. In case the driver is alone in the ride, he/she may opt to ‘driver only’ air conditioning option. The 10-way power driver seat comes with lumbar support.

The SUV is available in five colour schemes — phantom black, polar white, marina blue, typhoon silver, polar white with black roof.

The lithium-ion polymer battery with a capacity of 39.2 kWh delivers 136 PS of maximum power and 395Nm of torque. Hyundai says Kona Electric is sufficiently powered to reach 100 kmph from start in 9.7 seconds. Kona uses a shift-by-wire automatic transmission and electric parking brake apart from a one-pedal drive. The driver has four modes to choose from:

Eco and Eco+: The mode maximises efficiency through ultra-energy saving

Comfort: A balanced efficiency and performance

Sports: Powers for quick acceleration

The South Korean auto major is providing standard three years/unlimited kilometer warranty besides 24X7 road side assistance for the same time period. The manufacturer is also extending an additional (optional) eight years/ 1,60,000 km (whichever earlier) battery warranty.

Made of ultra-high tensile strength steel, Kona electric offers high impact energy absorption in situations of collisions. Hyundai claims the cabin is especially designed to disperse energy to reduce impact. Six airbags (driver, passenger, front side and curtain), electronic stability control, vehicle stability management, hill-assist control, Isofix and virtual engine sound system are standard safety features on board.

Kona Electric is already available in global market in two motor trims – 100 kW (power: 39.2 kWh) and 150 (power: 64kWh). The SUV was first unveiled at Geneva motor show 2018.