Hyundai Kona joins compact-crossover fray

Laverne Mann
June 14, 2017

Hyundai obviously decided that it needed to stand out, which explains the Kona's funky styling, which immediately looks like Hyundai's designers were inspired by the Nissan Juke and Jeep Cherokee.

Hyundai's move comes amid surging sales of subcompact SUVs in the country, led by Ssangyong Motor Co.'s Tivoli, Renault Samsung Motors Corp.'s QM3 and GM Korea Co.'s Trax. Hyundai also will fit some models with active lane control and blind-spot monitors. Further accentuating the car's aggressive new design is the Cascading Grill which will come as standard in all future models.

Eye-catching colours will be available, including Acid Yellow, to heighten the impact of its shape, and contrast with the matt-grey plastic areas of the body, as well as a roof available in two colour choices.

The South Korean automaker said it would also launch an electric version of the sporty-looking Kona next year and a smaller SUV and a large SUV by 2020.

On the rear are slim brake lights, turn indicators and reverse lamp, surrounded by protective skin that begins at the C-pillar. These illuminate with a signature specific to the Kona.

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Kona the vehicle might well consider itself adventurous, with a bold exterior design. The height of the new SUV is lowered by 5 centimeters than that of typical compact SUVs but wider based on its "low and wide stance" design concept, according to the company. The more conventionally shaped Renault Captur has more luggage space than both, though, holding 455 litres. The vehicle also features an eight inch infotainment system which sits above the instruments and doubles up as Sat-Nav. It'll be offered with free mapping updates for 10 years, as well as seven years of live traffic reports. For the first time, Hyundai equips one of its models with an 8 "head-up display". The vehicle is likely to be mated to an automatic gearbox as an option.

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. Its rear design is unified with design of KONA's front side and emphasizes tough and strong impression. All variants will have three drive modes, Sport, Normal and Eco.

After teasing consumers with images and a few details over the past few weeks, Hyundai has finally presented the full reveal of its all-new Hyundai Kona, to the delight of fans of sub-compact SUVs. Mentioning Push EVs and Auto Bild, Inside EVs has noted that Hyundai will be launching an all-electric Kona crossover by fall 2018.

Beyond this, Hyundai is committed to mass producing other alternative-fuel products, including hydrogen-electric models.

"No longer are there days where we just focus on a good auto and good quality, but also good mobility, clean mobility, and connected mobility". Additional safety equipment such as autonomous emergency braking (AEB) will also be available. The new led optics and a wide grille.

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