Published On: Tue, Jan 29th, 2019

Hyundai Kona to Stir up brotherly rivalry with Creta

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Hyundai Kona, India’s first electric SUV, is all set to be launched in the month of July this year.

Kona SUV will be assembled at the Chennai plant. Kona will come to India via the CKD route (Completely Knocked Down).

 

A new range of electric vehicles have already emerged in the global market and many new cars are lined up for launch in the Indian market. Hyundai wants to be the torch-bearer of this segment but other players are also eyeing this segment. Mahindra is also planning to launch its S210 around the same time.

 

The early plan that Hyundai has for Kona is very simple and practical. They have targeted to sell around 1000 units of Kona in its first launch year. At the beginning stage, Kona will be sold in the top 10 metro cities only. After this, the production will be ramped up to cover a wider audience. The company has planned to roll out 30,000 units of Kona SUV by the end of next year i.e. 2020.

 

The launch of Hyundai Kona will affect the sales and demand of many vehicles from the competitors. The heat will also reach to some of Hyundai’s local vehicles that have developed a market for themselves. One of the rivals from the same company would be Creta.

 

Hyundai Creta was launched in India in 2015, it received a facelift in 2018. The company has worked really hard on Creta and as a result, the upgraded version is a worthy rival for the likes of Jeep Compass, Tata Hexa and the two Renault’s- Captur and Duster.

 

The new cascade grille, the bi-focal projector lamps, and fog lamps housing were some of the features that were revamped in the facelift. The top specs variants of Creta are available with 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels. No modification was done to the engine line up and the vehicle has retained its roomy cabin and boot. There are three engine options available for Creta: 1.6-liter petrol unit (123PS/151 Nm), 1.4-liter diesel unit( 90PS/220Nm) and 1.6-liter diesel unit (128PS/260Nm). A 6-speed manual gearbox is available with all the three trims. The Creta continues to be one of the best looking compact SUVs out there.

 

In December 2018, more than 7000 Creta SUVs were sold in India. The price for the base variant of Creta starts from Rs 9.5 lakh and go up to Rs 15.1 lakh for the top-spec variant. Kona, on the other hand, is comparatively more expensive. In global markets, Hyundai Kona is available with a 1.6-liter petrol engine or an all-electric powerplant.

 

Kona also made its presence at the MOVE Global Mobility Summit that took place recently. With the launch of electric SUVs in India and the increasing popularity of electric vehicles worldwide, the sale of conventional vehicles is bound to change. As of now, to meet the demand of various Hyundai vehicles, its Chennai plant is running full capacity running 3 shifts, 6 days a week.

 

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