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Hyundai Kona All-Electric SUV To Be Launched On July 9


The Kona Electric, when launched, will be the first all-electric SUV in India

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  • The all-electric SUV comes in two versions globally: 39kWh battery pack with 312km range and 64kWh battery pack with 482km of range.
  • Expected to be priced around Rs 25 lakh (ex showroom India).
  • The Upcoming MG eZS will rival the Hyundai Kona Electric in India.

Hyundai will be launching the Kona Electric in India on July 9. It will be the Korean brand’s first battery powered SUV for India and when launched, will also be the first all-electric SUV in the country. It will go up against the MG eZS, which will hit our shores by the upcoming festive season. 

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The Kona Electric is available in two versions in markets abroad. The 39kWh battery pack model has a claimed range of 289km(WLTP) while the 64kWh unit comes with an impressive 449km range (WLTP), surpassing the MG eZS’ claimed 350km range. Which version is destined for India is not yet clear, but we can expect the 64kWh version for now. It produces 204PS and 395Nm of torque. The 39kWh version, meanwhile comes with 136PS and 395Nm of peak torque.

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Styling of the SUV is similar to the standard Kona with the deletion of the front grille and a distinctive design pattern in place of that. There are also some revisions to the bumper design. The SUV also supports fast-charging setup which helps it charge to 80 percent capacity in 54 minutes. The range figures of both the Kona Electric and eZS is very practical for India as the existing fully-electric cars like the e2o Plus and the eVerito only have a maximum claimed range of 140km. For a more detailed comparison about these upcoming all-electric SUVs, head here.

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As for features, the Kona Electric comes loaded with goodies in markets abroad. Some of these include 8-inch Touchscreen Satellite Navigation, Live Services, real-time traffic, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 8-speaker KRELL premium audio with a subwoofer, heated and ventilated seats and more. As for safety features, it gets 6 airbags, anti-lock brake system, blind spot detection, hill-start assist, reverse camera, real-time traffic alert, autonomous emergency braking, etc.

All-electric SUVs are a novelty in India but that is set to change with the Kona Electric's launch slated for July 9. The Kona Electric is expected to come with a pricing of Rs 25 lakh. Like MG, Hyundai might also launch the Kona Electric in a phased manner with limited initial sales.

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