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Hyundai has showcased its Kona SUV at Auto Expo 2018. While it is not going on sale right now, Hyundai seems to be using this venue as a platform to showcase its capabilities in making stylish and premium SUVs that come loaded with the latest tech. And also gauge public response to Kona as the Korean-carmaker is evaluating launching this SUV in electric vehicle guise in the country in the next couple of years.
The Kona may not be an imposing SUV, by any means – but it is rather well-styled. In terms of length, is actually shorter than the India-made Creta, however, the Kona is a more premium product. It features a large and aggressive Hyundai’s latest 'Cascade' grille upfront with slim LED daytime running lights that are positioned above the main headlights thus contributing to giving the Kona a very distinctive face. There’s an interesting mix of light-catching lines at the sides while the wheel cladding that wraps around the rear end and houses the indicator and reversing lights lends the Kona a funky look. Slim LED rear lights and a spoiler are some of the other elements of note on the Kona.
Kona's interiors feel very premium and youthful with the dashboard completed in contrasting colours. It also houses a floating infotainment screen and a heads-up display making this a cabin that would appeal to tech-savvy buyers.
As mentioned earlier, the Kona under evaluation for India will most likely be a pure EV (electric vehicle). While final specifications of its powertrain are not out as yet, the EV model is touted to have a range upwards of 300km on a full charge.