The Hyundai cars prices will be hiked in the country by up to Rs 9,200.
The hike in price is due to increase in input costs owing to the addition of safety features.
These safety features are now mandatory as part of the AIS 145 norms implemented recently.
Hyundai cars in India will undergo a price hike as announced by the company lately. The revised pricing will come into effect from August 1, 2019. As claimed by Hyundai, the change in prices will range up to Rs 9,200 across range save for Hyundai’s recently launched sub-four-meter SUVs, Venue and Kona Electric. Hyundai reveals the price hike is the outcome of higher input costs due to the addition of new safety features, as part of the new AIS 145 safety norms that were implemented from July 1, 2019.
This mandates all cars to get at least one airbag, a speed alert system, rear parking sensors and seatbelt reminder for driver and co-driver as standard. Coming to the Hyundai Venue and Hyundai Kona Electric, the new entrants in the company’s line-up are retailed at a starting price of Rs 6.50 lakh and 23.50 lakh respectively (ex-showroom prices, pan-India). These two models already comply with the new AIS 145 safety norms, hence the price hike is ruled out. One must note though, Hyundai Venue prices will be revised later, as currently is available at introductory prices.
The Hyundai’s rival, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is available in 13 variants in both petrol and diesel engine choices. The petrol variants get an 81 bhp, 1.2-litre unit with a manual gearbox along with a 118 bhp, 1.0-litre turbo-petrol unit offered with a manual and a dual-clutch automatic transmission. Diesel range uses a 1.4-litre unit, good for 88 bhp, paired to a manual gearbox.
The other new car in Hyundai India’s line-up, Kona Electric equips a 39.2kWh battery pack. This set-up is claimed to return an ARAI-rated range of 452 km on a single charge and can achieve the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 9.7 seconds. Charging the battery up to 80 per cent using a 50kW DC fast charger takes just 57 minutes.