Hyundai Motor has unveiled the latest vehicle in its expanding line-up, the Kona compact CUV.
The Kona joins Tucson, Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport in a growing line-up of Hyundai Motor SUVs, as the company continues to widen customer choice in the segment.
The Kona will go on sale in Korea later this month, followed by North America and Europe.
The Kona’s bold, daring image hints at the future design direction of Hyundai Motor’s next generation of SUV models and creates a unique proposition in the compact CUV segment.
The new Kona is offered with a combination of gasoline and diesel engines of various power outputs – dependent on the market.
A 2.0-litre MPI Atkinson engine produces 148 hp, with a 0-100 km/h time of 10 seconds and a top speed of 194 km/h.
The Gamma 1.6T-GDI engine boasts 174 hp, a 0-100 km/h time of 7.7 seconds and a top speed of 210 km/h.
In addition to the 1.6T-GDI engine, customers in Europe can also opt for Hyundai’s downsized 1.0 T-GDI turbocharged three-cylinder engine with six-speed manual transmission. This turbo-charged powerplant is optimized for efficiency and produces 1q8 hp, a 0-100 km/h time of 12 seconds, top speed of 181 km/h.
Also available will be a 1.6 diesel engine for select markets, including Europe.
The Kona’s standout design is reinforced by the car’s voluminous, aggressive body styling that emphasizes the car’s well-proportioned, dynamic silhouette. Its low and wide stance complements the car’s stylish profile, with the long wheelbase and short overhangs ensuring sporty, nimble handling, in addition to delivering superior driving stability at high speed.
‘Composite lamps’ enhance the Kona’s high-tech and mechanical appearance. The slim daytime running lights (DRL) incorporate turn signals and are positioned in a ‘stack’, separate to the LED headlights.
In addition to the instantly recognizable shape, a number of playful color variations allow buyers to customize their Kona.
The roof is finished with a two-tone color scheme, providing high contrast between the body and wheels – satisfying customers with a desire to express their individuality.
To integrate the optional four-wheel drive system, Hyundai Motor engineers created a new intercooler layout and setting for the transmission to minimize intrusion into the cabin space.
The rear layout of the platform is also optimized to save space. The suspension, fuel and exhaust components carefully package to maximize rear occupant room.