Hyundai is all set to launch the Kona, which is a take on to the current cross segment cars making a new statement in the Indian market. Hyundai has always been a company bringing in correct blend of design, quality, features making it’s cars a step forward to it’s competition. Hyundai as always has again taken the challenge and in answer, they brought in the Kona which will compete against the likes of Honda BR-V, Fiat Aventurra, Ford Freestyle. This segment has not been doing that great in the Indian market since not all are in favour of this new gesture of a mixed breed. Hyundai being one of the top automotive company in India, they will be looking forward to take charge in this segment as well.
The Kona is totally based on the Hyundai i20, which is one of the most successful hatchback Hyundai has produced. So, taking i20 as its base, the kona will not be anything that much to look forward to as the the i20 has become a very common car and just adding a bit of cosmetic changes to the car does not mean it will be something huge. Nonetheless, after the launch of the kona in other countries, it was declared that the Kona will be launched in India only in full-electric form making it a bit on the expensive side to its competition. The kona will be one of the first fully electric crossover vehicle which can be affordable to people.
It has menacing design shaped in form of eyes for headlamps, which have a completely different design philosophy from the three-layered front grille. The three-part grille includes a slim one on top, a chrome one in the centre, and a completely unnecessary one right at the bottom of the bumper making it a bit too extra. I don't know what the designers were thinking before adding three separate grilles which don't even gel together. Then, there are two sets of fog lamps cringed together to the bottom-most grille. At the rear, you will see the design is a lot similar to the tucson making it look more like an SUV rather than a hatchback on steroids. But, somehow, this odd flavour of different design elements actually comes together to produce quite an attractive car.
When you step inside, things are more surreal. It has red accents all over, and red seat belts. But, otherwise, the steering, the clocks, the climate control system, the touchscreen multimedia display, and all your door trims, central console design, and even the aircon vents and door handles are typically Hyundai. Clearly, the millennial factor only stays outside the car and inside it is totally a different equation. As mentioned earlier, the Kona is based on the i20. So, there's just about enough space for four occupants inside. The shoulder and knee-room is similar but the headroom seems to be a bit more than the hatchback.
The drive is as Hyundai as it gets, and the smaller dimensions together with a sporty suspension setup and a 177bhp petrol motor make for a fun to drive car. That aspect is covered by the direct injection, 1.6-litre, petrol engine mated to a dual clutch automatic. And three digit speeds come up before you can count to eight. Moreover, when you take things easy, the engine still has enough grunt to make quick overtakes, even with the tachometer hovering under the 2000rpm mark which shows how much low-end grunt the Kona has. These engine numbers are for the non-electric version of the Kona, but the electric will be totally different and those numbers aren't disclosed yet.
The Kona even though it will not make a part to the Indian automotive market with normal engines, it is no less a car for an electric motor, guess it is time for a better future and one of those starts to the electric legacy in India. What do you guys think?