NEW DELHI: South Korean carmakers Hyundai are set to launch the electric SUV Kona in national capital on Tuesday. Here’s all you need to know about the first electric SUV in India:
* Hyundai Kona, already available in the international market, is set to make it debut in India. Globally, the car is available in two variants — 39 kWh and 64 kWh battery pack. Reportedly, the more powerful battery variant would go on sale in India.
* Battery and efficiency: According to Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), the 64 kWh battery pack covers 452 km on a single full charge and is capable of attaining a top speed of 167 kmph. The torque of 395 Nm enables it to go from 0 to 100 kmph in less than 8 seconds.
* Hyundai claims that Kona’s running costs will be 80% lesser than a similar petrol-run car.
* Charging: The Kona EV is equipped with a fast charging option. Ideally, it would take around 7-8 hours for complete recharge. On the other hand, the DC fast charging stations at select Hyundai facilities will be able to juice up its battery to 80% in 50 minutes.
* Power Modes: The Kona gives the driver a flexibility to switch to different modes according to the utility. There are four power modes to choose from in the car: Comfort for a cosy mid-efficiency drive; sport for powerful drives, which in turn dip the range; ‘eco’ for economical and efficient drives and ‘eco+’ for highly power saver mode driving.
* Gearbox: Is there any? The car comes with a shift by wire gear system, which changes the gears with the switch of a button for forward, neutral, reverse and park. These buttons are studded at the central console of the car.
* Features on board: In the style and utility segment, Kona is touted to get LED projector headlamps with DRLs. Moreover, it features an 8-inch touchscreen unit, supported by Android Auto and Apple Carplay. The sound system boosts a 8-speaker set up with subwoofer and head up display.
* It will have support for the Hyundai blue-link app (for keeping tabs on your car) and have wireless charging surface as well, the feature which was first put on display in Hyundai Venue. The batteries don’t take up much space leading to sufficiently large boot capacity.
* Safety features: The Kona Electric would come with Hyundai’s Smart-Sense technology. Collision assistance, emergency braking and lane assistance come as standard in Kona along with six airbags, blind spot monitoring system, rear-view parking camera.
* The electric SUV is expected to hit the showroom between Rs 25 – 30 lakh. There are no immediate rivals of Kona in the Indian market.