The first all-electric SUV from India, Hyundai Kona, was launched at Rs 25.3 lakh

NEW DELHI: Hyundai Motor launched India's first fully electric SUV in the national capital on Tuesday at a launch price of Rs 25.3 lakh (former showroom). The dual tone color option would get an additional Rs 20,000.



The SUV will offer a range of 452 km/load, according to the ARAI certification. An 80% load can be achieved in 57 minutes with a fast DC charger, using the CCS type II load port. You can find this at Hyundai facilities in selected cities (Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta and Chennai). Hyundai is collaborating with IOCL to configure public loaders. The official said that four charging stations of this type will appear soon in the selected cities.

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

Designed to be an icon of pure technology, Kona has a sporting aesthetic and an ecological appearance. A well-proportioned body appearance is complemented by a long wheelbase and short overhangs. The cargo port integrated into the front grilles, the distinctive split headlamps and DRLs, the roof rails and the intelligent electric roof increase the urban appeal of the SUV.

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Under the roof, Kona reinforces state-of-the-art features such as the bridge-style center console, the leather-wrapped steering wheel and seats, and the soft-touch dashboard. In case the driver is alone on the trip, he/she can choose the option of air conditioning only driver. The 10-way power driver's seat comes with lumbar support.

The SUV is available in five color combinations: phantom black, polar white, navy blue, silver typhoon, polar white with black roof.

The lithium-ion polymer battery with a capacity of 39.2 kWh offers 136 HP of maximum power and 395 Nm of torque. Hyundai says that Kona Electric has enough power to reach 100 km/h from the start in 9.7 seconds. Kona uses an automatic cable change transmission and an electric parking brake, apart from a one-pedal unit. The driver has four modes to choose from:

Eco and Eco +: the mode maximizes efficiency through ultra energy saving

Comfort: balanced efficiency and performance.

Sports: Powers for quick acceleration.

The South Korean car race offers a standard three year/kilometer unlimited warranty, in addition to 24X7 roadside assistance during the same period. The manufacturer is also extending an additional battery warranty (optional) of eight years/1,60,000 km (whichever is earlier).

Made of ultra high tensile strength steel, Kona Electric offers high impact energy absorption in collision situations. Hyundai says the cabin is specially designed to disperse energy and reduce impact. Six on-board safety features (airbag, driver, passenger, front and curtain side), electronic stability control, vehicle stability control, slope assist control, Isofix and virtual engine sound system.

Kona Electric is already available in the world market in two engine models: 100 kW (power: 39.2 kWh) and 150 (power: 64 kWh). The SUV was presented for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show 2018.

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