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 taking the first step forward by introducing an all-electric car in India. In line with the company’s plans, the Hyundai Kona Electric SUV will be launched in India on July 9.
It is worth noting that there are no plans yet of bringing the fossil fuel-driven Kona to India. However, the electric version is all set to be introduced in a very similar form factor. The only cosmetic tweaks made to the Kona electric is the missing front grille and a new set of alloy wheels.
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, with the Hyundai Kona India launch, the company will manage to get the first mover advantage in the electric SUV segment of the country.
Internationally, the Kona electric is offered with two powertrain options – a 39 kW battery pack delivering a range of 312 km and a 64 kW battery pack capable of delivering 482 km range. We expect to get the former for the Indian market. This 32 kW battery pack develops 136 PS and 395 Nm of peak torque. This makes the SUV capable of accelerating from 0-100 km/h in 9.7 seconds, before hitting its top speed of 155 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. Since this price is quite high, Hyundai expects to sell just 60 units of the Kona electric in India. The company might even consider locally assembling the Kona SUV if the demand is sufficient. This will help reduce the price significantly.