Check out our list of upcoming Hyundai and Kia electric cars, which are expected to go on sale in the Indian market by 2025
In the Indian car market, electric mobility is slowly but steadily gaining popularity, with Tata Motors currently leading the race. Hyundai and its sister company, Kia, plan to take a bigger share of the electric car market in our country by launching a few new electric vehicles in the coming years.
Here, we’ve detailed six EVs from Hyundai and Kia that are confirmed to launch in India soon.
Kia’s EV6 made its global debut in 2021, as the brand’s first car to be built on a dedicated EV platform (E-GMP). The launch of the electric crossover has been confirmed in India, scheduled for June this year.
Kia EV6 will be introduced in the Indian market as a CBU import which means it would be an extremely expensive vehicle. The battery and motor specifications of the Indian-spec model have yet to be revealed. In international markets, two battery choices are available – 58 kWh and 77.4 kWh – with RWD (single motor) and AWD (dual motor) options.
2.Hyundai Ioniq 5
Similar to Kia EV6, Hyundai Ioniq 5 is an electric crossover based on the “E-GMP” platform. It is also being considered for the Indian car market and test drives are already underway. Similar to its Kia counterpart, Ioniq 5 will be brought here via the CBU import route.
The exact technical specifications of the Indian-spec Hyundai Ioniq 5 will be revealed closer to the launch. Internationally, three battery choices are available – 58 kWh, 72.6 kWh and 77.4 kWh – each with the option between RWD and AWD configurations, different for different markets.
3. The Hyundai Kona EV Facelift
Hyundai has unveiled the facelifted Kona EV globally in 2020, and it is expected to launch in the Indian market soon, likely in the coming months. The updated electric crossover will feature design changes, as well as many new premium features.
The current Indian-spec Kona EV is powered by a 39.2 kWh battery, connected to a 136 PS electric motor. The next facelift version should have the same technical specifications.
4. Kia Niro EV
The new generation Kia Niro was officially unveiled to the world towards the end of last year, and its electric version is expected to launch in India in 2023. The new Niro EV (or e-Niro) will be nearly identical in design to the IC-powered version, with only minor differences on the upside.
Specs for the next-gen Niro EV (or e-Niro) have yet to be officially revealed, although reports suggest it will get the same 64.8kWh battery as the older model, but with longer range. slightly better (463 km or 288 miles).
5. Hyundai entry-level electric vehicle
Hyundai is currently developing a mainstream and affordable electric vehicle for the Indian market, which is expected to be launched here by 2024. Not much is known about this future electric vehicle, but we expect it to get a flat -shape dedicated to electric vehicles, with strong localization.
Hyundai’s next affordable EV is expected to be built with a focus on city commuting. It will offer a relatively small battery, which will reduce the price as well as the autonomy.
6. Kia entry-level electric vehicle
Kia will also use Hyundai’s future low-cost electric vehicle platform to build its own affordable electric vehicle. Kia’s version will have completely different styling, but the battery and motor specs will likely be identical.
The next entry-level Kia EV is also expected to arrive in 2024, and is likely to be priced similarly to its Hyundai counterpart, to stay competitive.