During the launch event of the Kona SUV, Hyundai Vice Chairman Eui-sun Chung revealed the company's plans to Autocar. Chung stated that the Kona EV would be introduced by next year.
The Kona electric SUV will deliver a range of close to 400km. Hyundai already retails the Ioniq plug-in hybrid in Malaysia. So the Kona EV could get the components of the Ioniq EV's powertrain.
Chung also revealed that Hyundai is developing an A-SUV which will be slotted below Kona and will be launched in 2020. The company will also roll out an E-segment SUV bigger than the Santa Fe.
Hyundai wants to have full-fledged SUV lineup as the demand for utility vehicles is on a high. Currently, the Kona compact SUV is offered with a 1-litre and 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol mill and a 1.6-litre oil burner.
The trend of utility vehicles is on the rise in the automobile industry. To tap the growing segment, manufacturers are focusing on the utility vehicle segment. Especially, the compact SUVs are attracting more buyers around the globe.