Hyundai India has been the second largest carmaker in the country for a fairly long time. While taking away the first spot from Maruti Suzuki still appears to be a distant dream, the company has constantly been working towards expanding its customer reach and thus enhancing its market footprint. As part of these steps, the company is reportedly mulling over the introduction of an all-electric version of the Kona compact SUV in India. Though no official announcement has been made yet, reports suggest that the Hyundai Kona electric will be launched in India in 2018.
The Kona was globally unveiled a couple of months back. However, it is currently on sale with petrol and diesel engines. There are no plans yet of bringing the fossil fuel-driven Kona to India. However, the Korean automaker is also working on a full electric version of the compact SUV. This is being developed in order to tap the high potential of all-electric cars in the near future.
With the Indian car market aiming to sell only full-electric cars from 2030, Hyundai is seeing a potential market segment in India that hasn’t yet been touched by the country’s largest carmaker – Maruti Suzuki. As a result, if Hyundai does bring the Kona electric to India next year, it might manage to get the first mover advantage in the electric compact SUV segment of the country.
Details about the powertrain that will be used under the Hyundai Kona electric are still scarce. However, the India-spec model will likely come with a travel range of around 120 km and a top speed of 130 km/h.
Hyundai Kona electric price in India
The Hyundai Kona electric will likely be priced around the Rs. 20 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). It can thus be a worthy competitor of the Jeep Compass, Hyundai Tucson and other competitors in this segment.