New Hyundai Kona electric vehicle teased ahead of its public debut at 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The electric Kona compact SUV will be the first-fully electric SUV from Hyundai which will be available in two different powertrains with a claimed driving range of 470km to 500km. The new Kona EV details will be revealed on February 27, 2018, while the public debut, as mentioned, will be at the Geneva Motor Show.
Hyundai says the electric Kona SUV will have "a great fun-to-drive character" and will "benefit from a wide range of convenience and connectivity features as well as active safety and driving assistance technologies."
The new Kona EV has been touted as a 'game changer' with its long driving range, which is up there with specific Tesla Model S and Model X versions, which are the cars to beat. The range of the Kona EV is also double that of the 2018 Nissan Leaf.
Several reports suggest that Hyundai has partnered with LG Chemicals to develop the electric powertrain for the Kona SUV. Also, reports claim the electric battery will most likely be the same as the Chevy Bolt hatchback. If these reports are to be believed, then the Kona EV will be equipped with a 40kWh and 64kWh battery packs.
As for India, Hyundai recently revealed that the carmaker's first EV would be introduced by 2019. Hyundai at Auto Expo 2018 showcased the Ioniq hybrid and the electric version, mainly to gauge the public reaction of the vehicles. While Hyundai has not confirmed if a hybrid vehicle will be brought to India, an electric car will undoubtedly make it to the country.
Currently, the Hyundai Kona is available with a conventional powertrain which is expected to go on sale for the US market early February 2018. The SUV is available in both petrol and diesel guise along with front-wheel-drive (FWD) and rear-wheel-drive (RWD) option.
While the 2-litre petrol engine belts out 147bhp and 179Nm of torque, the more powerful 1.6-litre turbocharged diesel unit develops 175bhp and 265Nm of torque. The petrol unit comes mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox, while the diesel engine comes paired with a 7-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox.
The Hyundai Kona SUV is also available in a 1-litre turbo diesel engine which produces 118bhp and 172Nm of torque, paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Hyundai has not revealed if the Kona SUV will be launched in India, but the Kona EV seems to be a possibility for the country.
DriveSpark's Thoughts About The New Hyundai Kona Electric Vehicle
With reports suggesting that the new Hyundai Kona electric vehicle will be a 'game changer', the carmaker should consider bringing the EV to India. Hyundai is striving to bring a mainstream vehicle into the electric segment, revealing a sign of things to come from the carmaker.
That said, India's electric charging infrastructure is at a negligible level, and the country has to make huge strides in providing charging stations across the country.