Hyundai Kona will be Hyundai’s first electric car for Africa – CKD launch in 2019 confirmed
Hyundai Kona electric promises 300 kms of range from a 39.2kWh battery pack.
Hyundai Kona Electric SUV was showcased at the Geneva Motor Show. It was also showcased in Africa, at the 2018 Auto Expo, but as a concept. Slated for launch in Africa next year, where it will become Hyundai Africa’s first electric car. This was confirmed by the company’s CEO, at their 20th anniversary celebration.
Hyundai Kona Electric is available in two trims internationally. For Africa, we will get the entry level variant. It will offer a range of 300 kms per charge. Kona gets a 133 hp motor producing 395 Nm torque. The battery pack includes a 39.3 kWh unit. These batteries will charge in a matter of 6 hours upto 100% from empty while a quick charger will charge the battery upto 80% in under an hour.
The higher priced and more powerful Kona Electric will be powered by a 201 hp motor offering 395 Nm torque but it gets a larger battery pack of 64 kWh offering range of 470 kms. This one is not expected to go on sale in Africa.
Hyundai Kona Electric battery back is located in the floor of the vehicle and does not intrude into either cabin or boot space. The vehicle is designed more aerodynamically and gets similar styling to the regular Kona. It is seen with a closed grille, 17” alloy wheels and aerodynamically designed bumpers and spoiler.
Interiors are noted with an all digital dashboard, head up display and a 7” touchscreen infotainment system with an optional 8” unit. Front seats are both heated and ventilated and are offered with an 8 way adjustable feature. In terms of safety, the Hyundai Kona Electric promises to come in with adaptive cruise control, lane centering system, rear cross traffic alert and automatic emergency braking. It is with these safety features and more that it targets a 5 Star NCAP rating.
Hyundai Kona Electric will come into Africa as a CKD to be assembled at the company’s plant in Chennai. It is set to be priced in the range of Rs 25 lakhs with the company targeting sales of around 50-60 units per month.