Electric cars are not get so many attention world wide because of various reasons like ,bad pickup, hard to find service station,high cost. But World changing rapidly & due to high rate of pollution every car maker now plans to move on the electric one. Now Hyundai moves one step forward by reveling it’s first car as electric SUV in India name as Kona but the main problem which arises during purchasing of electric cars are high taxation on Electric vehicles , high after maintenance cost as well as high manufacturing cost.Let’s see Hyundai Kona will successful or not by it’s first electric vehicle.
Kia Motors is the second brand to be entered in India market in 2019 by their phenomenal product like Stinger & Rio. But these two products can’t match the choice of Indian customers so the company may require to rethink the concept of the car & finally by solving their mistake the new revolutionary product from Kia is going to be launched soon into their Indian market called as “Seltoes” which comes under SUV segment ,but SUV market in India is on the boom & competition in between companies is tough after launching MG hector so is new Seltoes may be another powerful competitor of Hector or it may like another cars of Kia?
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is the most selling SUV of India with the amazing sells of 1.4 lakhs in India only. But from a long time Vitara Brezza did not update it’s design, specification etc.. , at the result strong competitors like Hyundai Venue, Mahindra XUV 500 try to take over the position of most selling compact SUV. It’s also true that SUV segment are mostly preferred by Indians instead of compact SUV because of more space & features & Maruti Suzuki did not have any SUV so Maruti now think to launch Vitara Brezza as an SUV with some modification in design, engine & dimension also.
Design & Looks of Kia Seltos vs Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza 2019 vs Hyundai Kona:
Looks are fantastic & matches the concept of future cars by it’s all new 6 LEDs headlamps with tiger nose grill & Heartbeat DRL which enhance the aggression of cars & matches the identity of premium cars.
Side profile consist of double 5 spoke alloy wheels with diamond cut design with door chrome handles & 70 kg high roof rail capacity.
Rear part consists of chrome strip running across tailgate & connect the both LED tail lamps. Seltoes also consisting of plastic body cladding that runs from front to wheel arches & extended from rear bumpers.
Well Electric cars have been design differently as compared to IC engine vehicles & you also feel some difference in the shape of hood, interior space,& dimension also & definitely space in terms of head room & leg room is more in the electric vehicle because of elimination of heavy component of IC engine. Yes the design of Kona looks futuristic with LED’s DRl’s on the top with turn indicators & LED projectors at the bottom. While fog lamp can not seen in the design leaked by Hyundai. Side frame consist of chrome door handles with black finish on the wheel housing. Hopefully 16/17 inches of diamond cut alloy wheels can be expected from Kona while revealing it’s specification. Overall design is almost same as previous Kona as launched world wide.
Interior of Kona will definitely fells royal with classic gray colour as standard. Lot’s of extraordinary features like TPMS ( Tyre Pressure Monitoring System), New wired gear shift which helps a lot in easy shifting of gears & in the new Kona gear ratio is the lowest as compared to it’s rivals. 7 seating option is not available & even Hyundai will plan to do so but yes with it’s 5 seating capacity you will get sufficient space in terms of leg room & head room.
Vitara Brezza now changed into muscular look with rounded type headlamps along with LED projectors. Typical grill design of Maruti is now changed with some chrome treatment lining & rounded fog lamp at the bottom with LED DRL.Side look is no longer under sub 4 meter, it can extended from 3995 meter to 4200 meter. Pretty cool but even though it’s an SUV but it’s length is still shortest as compared with it’s competitors like Hyundai Creta which is 4.26 meter in length & Kia Seltos which is 4.35 meter in length. Side look is now more dominant with some specially design curves. Back view also feature with some changes like oval shape tail lamps with some cut’s from edges which look’s quit fascinating. But major change is that Tail lamps is now available with LED lightning, Rear glass is now equipped with rain sensing wipers.
Engine & Transmission of Seltos & Vitara Brezza 2019:
Well officially engine specification was not launches yet but probably 1.5 L OF petrol & diesel engine may expected (1497 cc) produces the power of 90 BHP with 200 Nm of torque. In terms of power it’s less than 2.0 L (1997 cc) engine as in Tata Harrier & MG Hector but yes officially exact cc may not launch so it’s not necessary to compare.
Well Maruti don’t have lot’s of options in terms of engine because they have only 1.5 litre powerful engine in every maruti car like Ertiga & Ciaz, so they planned to install 1.5 litre petrol engine & 1.2 litre diesel engine with turbocharger which enhance it’s power so thumbs up for Maruti for that work. 1.5 litre of petrol engine produces 110 BHP of power with 300 Nm of torque & 1.2 litre engine produces 89 BHP of power with 220 Nm of torque. So ultimately in terms of power Brezza is not extraordinary but overall average score of 4.0 star out of 5.
Definitely you will see the difference in terms of power when you will drive the electric vehicle but Kona will give you another level experience by it’s fantastic acceleration from(0-100 km/h) in just 9.7 s & it’s equal to a Tata Tiago pickup. The main advantage of Kona while driving is it’s different modes during different conditions. ECO,Sport,Normal mode, these modes will help to drive differently like sport’s mode helps you for quick pick up, Eco mode helps you to achieve maximum efficiency & city mode called as normal mode.
Weight of the battery’s & motors are less comparatively so definitely a weight of electric SUV equals to a sedan. These batteries provided 136 Ps of power same as 1.3 litre petrol engine so it’s a very positive step of Hyundai to introduce electric vehicle in India.
In the interior pedal shifters are used in the case if you want quick pick up or favorable while driving on mountains because automatic shift will not gives you quick pick up while driving. Along with that Ventilated seats are available which ensure your back portion don’t catch seat while driving.
Conclusion of Kia Seltos vs Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza 2019 vs Hyundai Kona:
Well in terms of design & it’s another specification Kia Seltoes seems to be a powerful competitor against Hyundai Creta, Tata Harrier & MG hector.
Well if your SUV budget is in under 20 lakhs than definitely go for Hector & if you want more technological features than go for Kia Seltos but If your budget stuck under 15 lakh than two option are available for you Hyundai Creta & new Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza 2019 than you don’t have any option so you will wait for 2 months because Creta & Vitara Brezza , both comes next month with some changes & modifications so wait & than decide which SUV provides you more features, safety & comfort & select it wisely.