Hyundai Kona compact SUV unveiled

Hyundai has unveiled an all-new compact SUV, the Kona. The vehicle is more of a stylish crossover than an out and out SUV. It follows a new and distinctive design language which is a lot more sporty and aggressive, something that we haven’t seen on the company’s SUVs.

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It now gets LED headlamps which are narrow and sharp. It gets more lights on the bumper, something that makes it look quite unique. There are 2 grilles on offer, one being a narrow one while the other being the usual large hexagonal unit. There is plastic cladding all over to show the vehicle’s ruggedness. The roofline is sloping, to give it a coupe like feeling.

On the inside, the vehicle will be offered with a heads up display, an option of wireless charging, a touch screen system (5,7,8 ” depending on the variant chosen). The touch screen system is now a stand alone unit and doesn’t come flush with the dash, as we have seen on other Hyundai vehicles.

Under the hood, there are a wide range of engine options on offer. There is a 2.0 liter MPi petrol engine which makes 147 Bhp and 179 Nm, which comes mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, a 1.6 liter turbo petrol engine making 174 Bhp and 265 Nm, which is mated to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission and a 1.0 liter turbo petrol engine making 118 Bhp and 172 Nm, mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. A 1.6 liter diesel may also be on offer in the European markets, details of which haven’t been revealed yet.

Launch?

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The vehicle will go on sale in Korea soon and will then be followed by a launch in Europe and North America. India will most likely not get the Kona. The Kona is more of a coupe SUV which the company will find tough to place in the Indian market, given how price sensitive the market is.