Motown India|August 2019
Kona Electric powertrain employs a powerful and highly-efficient 134HP permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor powered by a high-voltage 39.2 KWH advanced lithium-ion polymer battery. The motor develops 395NM of torque distributed to the front wheels. It accelerates from 0- 100 KMPH in just 9.7 Seconds. The battery system has liquid-cooling technology.
Usually electric vehicles are considered boring and impractical by Indians because of the very limited choice available in the market today. But all that perception is bound to change with the launch of the Hyundai Kona Electric. We got to drive this new electric car at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, India’s only F1 track.
The Kona electric SUV has a unique front grille with intaglio patterns and a unique graphic element on the grille with a spilt type headlamp. The electric charging port is seamlessly integrated with this grille area for convenient, head-in parking at charging stations. It has LED Daytime Running Lights above and Bi- Function LED Headlamps below.
The side profile shows a sloping roof line and distinct design characteristics of a sporty SUV with lightweight aero design wheels. The vehicle comes with 215/55 R17 tyres. The vehicle has a very aerodynamic styling with a sporty roof rail and a sun roof. The rear has slim brake lights and turn indicators. The rear bumper fascia is quite smartly designed. Not to be missed are the Rear Skid Plate and the rear spoiler with the high mounted stop light.
The interiors are sleek and simple, yet smart in more ways than one because of the dark shades and the decent material used. Leather Seats, Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel, Premium soft touch pad on dashboard, Metal Pedals and Digital Instrument Cluster with Supervision give the vehicle an up market appeal.
Kona’s shift-by-wire drive controls are supported by a centre console upper bridge element with an integrated open-access lower storage bin for convenience. The 7 inches touchscreen infotainment includes standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability. The touchscreen infotainment includes AM/FM/MP3, auxiliary input, voicecommand recognition and Rear View Monitor.
There is plenty of storage space and charging point in front. The steering wheel can be adjusted for distance as well as tilt. The vehicle has a motor-driven power steering. The Kona comes with Steering Mounted Audio & Bluetooth Controls.
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