Hyundai Kona EV Shockingly Discontinued in India: What You Need to Know

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Hyundai Kona EV Discontinued in India: A Surprising Departure

In an unexpected move, Hyundai India has quietly pulled the plug on its Kona EV SUV. This decision has left EV enthusiasts surprised, especially since the car was removed without any formal announcement, simply vanishing from the company’s official website.

Hyundai Kona EV

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The Kona’s Indian Journey: A Brief Overview

The Hyundai Kona EV made its Indian debut in 2019 with a price tag of Rs. 25.30 lakhs. Over time, Hyundai adjusted the pricing, eventually settling at Rs. 23.84 lakhs (ex-showroom). Despite this competitive pricing, the Kona is no longer available for purchase in India.

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Why Was the Kona Discontinued?

While Hyundai hasn’t provided an official statement, several factors likely contributed to this decision:

  • Age of the Model: The Kona remained largely unchanged for five years in a rapidly evolving EV market. Newer models, often with better technology and range, outshined it.
  • Upcoming Creta EV: Hyundai is heavily investing in the development of an electric version of its popular Creta SUV. It’s anticipated that this new model will take center stage in Hyundai’s EV lineup in India.

The Kona’s Legacy: A Glimpse into the Past

The Hyundai Kona EV was a trailblazer in its own right:

  • Power and Performance: Equipped with a 136 HP electric motor and a 39.2 kWh battery, the Kona offered a decent driving range of 452 km and could accelerate from 0 to 100 km/hr in 9.7 seconds.
  • Driving Modes: Drivers could choose between Eco, Comfort, and Sport modes, along with adjustable regenerative braking for a personalized experience.
  • Charging Options: The Kona supported both fast DC charging (80% in 57 minutes) and standard AC charging (full charge in 6 hours 10 minutes).
  • Features and Amenities: The Kona EV offered a host of features, including a 7.0-inch dashboard screen, an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a heads-up display (HUD), automatic climate control, a sunroof, heated ORVMs, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and a rearview camera with parking sensors.
Hyundai Kona EV

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The Road Ahead: Hyundai’s EV Future in India

The discontinuation of the Kona EV marks a turning point for Hyundai in the Indian EV market. All eyes are now on the upcoming Creta Electric, which promises to be a game-changer:

  • High Localization: Hyundai is committed to manufacturing the Creta Electric in India, ensuring greater affordability and accessibility.
  • Extended Range: The Creta Electric is expected to boast an impressive driving range of up to 500 km on a single charge, addressing one of the primary concerns for EV buyers.

What This Means for Indian EV Buyers

While the Kona’s departure is a loss for those seeking a compact electric SUV, the future looks bright for Hyundai’s electric ambitions in India. The Creta Electric is poised to offer a more affordable and practical option for Indian consumers.

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Additional Considerations

  • Dealership Stock: It’s possible that some Hyundai dealerships might still have unsold Kona Electric units in stock. If you’re interested in this model, it’s worth checking with your local dealer.
  • Used Market: The discontinuation might also lead to an increase in the availability of used Kona EV Electric models in the Indian market.
Hyundai Kona EV

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Conclusion

The discontinuation of the Hyundai Kona EV in India is a surprising development, but it reflects Hyundai’s commitment to evolving its EV offerings to meet the changing demands of the Indian market. As we await the arrival of the Creta Electric, it’s clear that Hyundai remains a major player in the Indian electric vehicle landscape.

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