The Hyundai Saga EV crossover was introduced at the 2018 Sao Paulo Motor Show in Brazil. It proves to be a potential EV for the Indian auto market after the Hyundai Kona EV.
The Saga EV concept borrows the permanent magnet synchronous engine from the Indian-spec Kona EV, which is projected to come to India in 2019. Receiving power from a 64kWh battery pack, this engine can churn out a max power of 204PS and has a travel range of 470km a charge. Although Hyundai will more competitively price the Saga EV than the Kona EV, luckily, the range of the former has not been lowered in comparison with its elder sibling.
The Hyundai Saga EV is powered by a 64kWh battery pack borrowed from the Kona EV
The Saga EV has a total length of 4.028mm, 25mm longer than the i20 Active but 250m smaller than the Creta. It is also a little bit longer than the forthcoming Carlino SUV, which was debuted at the 2016 Auto Expo. Unlike the robust styling of the Carlino, the Saga EV will resemble a hatchback covered with hard material. It gets a 2560mm wheelbase and a 165mm ground clearance.
Coming to the details, the Saga EV front will come with a dense honeycomb mesh grille, taking the inspiration from the new-gen upcoming Santa Fe. The front bumper is between two fog lamps, which is similar to the Elantra facelift. But there are still some Saga EV’s features are not borrowed from other Hyundai cars. For example, the front grille upper tip is curved whereas the headlights have an appealing X-shape. On the side profile, the concept vehicle has come with led optics and 19-inch wheels, a rubberized coating on the roof and extended elastic straps between the rails, which contribute to the stability of the vehicle.
Besides some traditional features, the Hyundai Saga EV will also come with some unique features
Hyundai has not confirmed yet as to whether it is intending to introduce the Saga EV into the Indian auto market. If it becomes a reality, the South Korean automaker might locally build it to give it an aggressive price. Currently, Hyundai reports that the Saga EV is just a design test for the upcoming Brazil-bound vehicles, codenamed HB20X and HB20. Nevertheless, the facelifted 2019 Elite i20 and 2020 HB20 are expected to borrow some design features from this hatchback-like compact crossover.
Whether the Hyundai Saga EV will be released into the Indian auto market remains to be seen
Hyundai Saga EV is a potential vehicle in the Indian auto market, considering the bad conditions of the environment in India. If this compact crossover EV comes to India, it can help the South Korean automaker effectively compete with other EV makers in the country and further penetrate into the emerging but potential Indian EV segment.