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Reasons Behind The Discontinuation Of Hyundai Kona Electric In India

Reasons Behind The Discontinuation Of Hyundai Kona Electric In India

Hyundai, the Korean maker has discontinued the electric SUV Kona from its Indian line-up. The Kona was launched in 2019, and now the company has removed its details from the website in India. It is rumoured that the carmaker intends to launch the Creta Electric soon in the Indian car market. Spies have captured electric Creta going under test drives on several occasions and believed to launch sometime during the beginning of the next year. The production of electric Creta is scheduled for the end of this calendar year.
Hyundai Kona Front Low View
Reasons behind the discontinuation of Kona Electric: The company brought the Kona SUV through a completely knocked down (CKD) route, and assembled it at the Hyundai's production unit in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu. At the time of its launch, Kona was the highly-priced electric SUV in India, however, at the time of phasing out, it is available only in a single variant 'Premium' and priced at Rs 25.30 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
Industry experts believe that the high price of the Kona was one of the crucial reasons, why the SUV failed in impressing the buyers in India. This can be witnessed from the sales statistics since the launch in 2019. During five years, the Indian alliance of Hyundai Motors sold only 2,329 units of Kona across the country. Even, during this year, not a single unit of Kona was sold in India between April and May. At present the company is offering a discount of Rs 2 lakh on Kona from 2023.
The surprising element about Kona in the overseas market is that in the international market, the Kona has undergone a facelift and is impressing buyers. There are rumours that the company plans to launch the facelift of Kona in India, although the chances for this are less. 
Features and Specifications of Kona Electric in India: In India, the Kona Electric received power from a front axle-mounted electric motor generating the power of 134 bhp and a torque of 395Nm. This motor was coupled with a 39.5 kWh lithium-ion battery, that offered an average of 452 km (ARAI approved) on a single charge. The battery can be charged with a 50kW DC charger.
Speaking about the features, the major features of Kona included a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control, ventilated and heated front seats, an electric sunroof, wireless phone charging, cruise control, and ten-way power adjustable driver seat with lumbar support. On the safety front, it received six airbags, all-wheel disc brakes and tyre pressure monitoring system as standard features.
By phasing out the Kona electric SUV from the Indian car market, the Korean carmaker is planning to launch something extraordinary in India with a strong strategy.

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