Hyundai Inster EV to Arrive Late 2026 in India, will Rival Punch EV and eC3

With 355km range, Hyundai Inster long range variant will produce 115 bhp and 147nm torque

The Korean automaker Hyundai has confirmed that the Inster EV, unveiled at the Busan International Mobility Show, will be introduced in India during the latter half of 2026. Hyundai will probably use the Creta EV’s structure and the E-GMP (K) platform for their next vehicle, codenamed HE1i.

The company plans to manufacture this model at its Sriperumbudur facility, utilizing locally sourced batteries of Exide.

Upon its release, the Inster will compete directly with the Tata Punch EV and Citroen eC3. Moreover, Hyundai will launch the Creta EV in early 2025, marking its first entry into the compact electric SUV market segment.

Hyundai Inster Small Electric SUV Unveiled (Source: Hyundai)
Hyundai electric car Inster SUV Unveiled (Source: Hyundai)

Details About Hyundai Inster EV

Drawing from Casper’s dimensions sold abroad, the Inster has been extended by 230mm to reach 3.9 meters. Also, Hyundai extended the HE1i’s wheelbase by 180 mm to accommodate NMC battery packs. It now offers capacities of 42 kWh (Standard, 300 km) and 49 kWh (Long Range, 355 km).

Furthermore, the torque output is 147 Nm, with two motors generating 97 bhp and 115 bhp as announced internationally. The upcoming EV for India is likely to use this same pair of batteries. It will come with a standard 11 kW charger for charging.

The front design features an LED-pixel theme, aligning with Hyundai’s modern design principles. Also, the rear door handles are positioned on the C-pillar. Alloy wheels come in sizes of 15 inches and 17 inches, depending on the specific variant.

Hyundai electric car Inster will likely feature a 10.25-inch touchscreen, wireless charging facility, sunroof, and sliding rear seats to provide additional legroom at the back. The vehicle will also feature ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) and a 360-degree camera as part of its standard equipment.

Hyundai electric car Inster will come with a standard 11 kW charger for charging.
Source: Hyundai

Hyundai stated:

“We are following a transition strategy, starting with the launch of high-end, premium EVs. We plan to transition towards the mass markets as the EV market and ecosystem sales increase in India.”

Final Thoughts

Hyundai has completed plans for the Creta EV and a compact EV. Moreover, the automaker is currently evaluating the possibility of developing an electric variant of the Venue compact SUV and Grand i10 Nios.