Hyundai may bring smaller EV after assessing response to e-SUV Kona in 2019

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Bhubaneshwar: South Korean auto major Hyundai could bring in a smaller electric SUV to India after assessing the response for its biggerKona electric SUV which it plans to introduce in the country next year, a top company official said.
The company, which operates in the country through its wholly-owned subsidiary Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL), would launch its first electric model Kona in the second half of the next year.
“We are planning to unveil Kona electric SUV in the second half of next year on completely-knocked down basis (CKD). Our electric vehicle strategy is top to down,” HMIL Managing Director & CEO YK Koo told PTI here.
With Kona, the company is going to test the market for electric vehicles (EV) in India, he added.
“It (Kona) is not going to be volume product for us. After then we can review which other EV product can suit the Indian market,” Koo said. When asked if the second EV product could be a sedan or a SUV, Koo said:”We will review both sedan and SUV (body styles) but I think chances for bringing an SUV are much higher”.
The company currently sells SUVs like Creta and Tuscon with conventional petrol and diesel engines.
It is also set to bring in a sub 4-metre compact SUV next year, which will compete with the likes of Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata Motors Nexon and Ford EcoSport.
Koo said the company may also look at an entry-level micro SUV in the future.