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.
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.
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.