Ahead of its official showcase at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March, Hyundai has taken the wraps of the all-new Hyundai Kona Electric SUV online. The Kona EV is Hyundai’s second all-electric offering after the Ioniq Electric and the revealing comes within a year of the company introducing the Hyundai Kona with the internal combustion petrol and diesel engines.
Hyundai had hinted in January 2018 that it is planning to bring in the all-electric Kona in India by 2019 and if everything goes as per the plan, the Kona will be the first all-electric offering from the South Korean car manufacturer in India.
While the Hyundai Ioniq is available in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric versions, the Kona only comes in regular and all-electric avatar so far and is available in two models with long range as well as short range battery option.
Powered by an electric motor, mated to a 39.2 kW Lithium-ion Polymer battery pack,the short-range version is capable of producing 133 BHP of power and 395 Nm of peak torque, and the battery delivers a driving range of 299 km. The new Kona can sprint from 0-100kmph in 9.3 seconds and possesses a top-speed of 167 kmph. The battery can be fully charged in 6 hours and 10 minutes, while it can be charged up to 80 per cent in 54 minutes with the help of a quick charger.
Talking of the other one, the long-range version is powered by an electric motor that is mated to a bigger 64 kW Lithium-ion Polymer battery pack which churns out 201 BHP of maximum power and 395 Nm of peak torque. The long-range version has a driving range of 469 km. The longer version also gets the similar top speed of 167kmph along with a 0-100 kmph run in 7.6 seconds. The larger battery in Kona can be fully charged in 9hrs 40 min, while a 100 kW DC fast charger is capable of charging the battery up to 80 per cent within 54 mins.
When it comes to styling, the Kona Electric is identical to the regular compact SUV, with subtle changes. Hyundai Kona Electric is 15mm longer in comparison to the regular variant at 4,180mm and 20mm taller at 1,570mm. Being a member of the electric vehicle segment, the Kona Electric gets a cleaner design with a closed grille and doesn’t have any air vents/air-dam at the front. Although it is subjective, the closed front grille provides it a little cleaner and more mature look than its regular model from the front. Furthermore, the Kona EV also gets a slightly larger footprint. The cleaner design aids the overall aerodynamics 6f the car while also making it look different. The Kona has a longer wheelbase too
Coming to the interiors, the car possesses a floating touch-screen infotainment system along with a 7-inch digital supervision instrument cluster. It also gets Hyundai’s SmartSense active safety and driving assistance technologies for safe driving.
The new electric Kona is expected to be brought via the CKD (completely knocked down) route and will be assembled at the company’s facility in Tamil Nadu. If launched, the Kona will be one of the first all-electric SUVs to be sold in India. Mahindra is also coming up with an electric version of the KUV100, often referred to as a micro SUV, which was showcased at the Auto Expo 2018.