Hyundai have finally revealed their latest subcompact SUV, the Kona, which will be introduced in Europe in August and the US market in December The name Kona comes from the Hawaiian Islands, as are other Hyundai names like the Santa Fe. Hyundai would launch an electric version of the Kona by 2018.
The Kona will be powered by two petrol engines a 1.0L T-GDI with a six-speed manual transmission and a 1.6L T-GDI with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive. The 1.0L four-cylinder engine produces 119.6hp and 179Nm Coupled with and is paired to six-speed manual at a top speed of 180kph. The more powerful 1.6-litre petrol unit has 176hp with 264Nm It gains a top speed of 204kph. The 1.6-litre diesel Engine is due to arrive in the European market at some point in 2018, although it’s not yet confirmed. Both petrol and diesel models will feature two drive modes – Normal and Sport.Some markets will also be offered the Kona with a 2.0-litre MPI Atkinson engine, although this won’t be coming to Europe.
Hyundai Kona has a distinct new design, with aggressive looks. Somewhat look like updated Creta. The LED headlamps and the plastic cladding on the sides and wheel arches make it look more rugged. Hyundai gave a fresh look to its fluidic design with the new ‘cascading grille’ front. Hyundai says it is designed to merge high-tech looks with sophistication, to appeal to millennial buyers. The rear of the Kona features wraparound cladding with indicator and reversing lights, slim LED rear lights, and a spoiler with an integrated LED brake light. Hyundai also gives16-inch wheels are standard, with 17-inch and 18-inch alloys available as options.
The Kona features an all-steel body and has McPherson struts at the front. The 2WD model comes with a coupled torsion beam, with a multi-link system on the AWD model. The all-wheel-drive car also comes with traction control and has a 170mm ground clearance.
Hyundai’s designers have tried to give the Kona’s interior a premium feel and a clutter-free cabin. It sports a 5.0-inch TFT infotainment screen as standard, with the availability of an optional 8.0-inch touchscreen., the Kona is available with a Apple CarPlay or Android Auto with a wireless smartphone charging pad as an option, which is first in its segment. Another interesting feature is the heads up display, which will have speed, sat-nav directions, etc by projecting it into a piece of glass that folds back when not in use instead of projecting directly onto windscreen.
Safety features like Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist that uses a front-facing camera to detect a potential collision and automatically engages brakes, lane-keeping assist a driver-attention warning system ,radar-based blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert is packed with it
Priced between Creta and Tucson (10 – 18 lakh)
There is so far no confirmation on Indian launch, if it launch by late 2017 or early 2018, it is expected to be positioned between the Hyundai Creta and the Tucson. Hyundai is expected to launch 30 new models in the next four years.