Hyundai is readying its newest and smallest crossover SUV to join the trio of brand’s currently available utes. The model will be marketed as the 2018 Hyundai Kona and automaker used the name of the district on Hawaii’s island to highlight model’s adventurous nature. The model will belong to the subcompact class with names like the Ford Ecosport, Toyota CH-R, Nissan Juke and others.
Like mentioned models, the Kona will feature concept car-like styling and will come on brand’s new platform. Hyundai will equip this model with the latest tech and safety features and will also offer all-wheel drive version. Two engine options will be available in the US while in other markets Hyundai will also other options. Hyundai also promised electric Kona version in the near future.
2018 Hyundai Kona: Design
Hyundai engineered the 2018 Hyundai Kona on the new platform and used its own high-tensile steel to build this model. This platform will also underpin many of brand’s future models but will also make the foundation of the upcoming Kia Stonic.
The Kona will ride on the 102.4-inch wheelbase while will measure 164.0 inches in length. The width of the model will be 70.9 inches while height is 61.0 inches.
On the other, what should attract potential buyers is model’s expressive styling. Hyundai Kona will implement brand’s new design philosophy which should also be the inspiration for the new generation of the Santa Fe. The new styling approach integrates tall mesh grille which is called cascading grille design. More interesting, but would probably divide Hyundai’s fans, will be the new front lighting setup. Hyundai placed slim LED running lights bellow the hood’s line while the main projectors sit lower in the fascia.
The Kona will also wear chunky cladding covering wheel arches and extending around the main projectors and rear lighting units. The semi-floating roof available in the black or body-color variants will also add to it appearance. The model will also have pronounced character line and slim taillights.
Interior, Trims and features:
Inside, the Kona will feature simple and functional design. The build and material quality will be good and controls will be smartly arranged. The Kona will also offer some attractive trim details. The cargo capacity behind the rear seats will measure 18 cubic feet.
The model will have tablet like center screen floating above the middle of the dash and available in 7- and 8-inch forms. The infotainment system will support Apple Car Play and Android Auto features. Hyundai will also offer systems like the navigation, HD and satellite radio, wireless charging, head-up display, in-car data, etc.
The safety aspect will include the suite of active driver aids. Hyundai will offer lane departure warning and keeping assist, blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, and attention monitoring.
Hyundai will organize the equipment in four trims including the SE, SEL, Limited and Ultimate. The base models will ride on 16-inch wheels while 17- and 18-inch alloys will also be available. The leather upholstery, automatic climate control, a sunroof, premium sound system, etc. will be available from the Ultimate trim.
2018 Hyundai Kona: Powertrains
Hyundai’s new entry-level crossover SUV will arrive in the US with two engine options. The base 2018 Hyundai Kona will have a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine under its hood. This engine will work in the combination with the six-speed automatic transmission. The power it will deliver will be 147 hp and torque 132 lb-ft. The front- and All-wheels drive will be options.
The alternative will be a 1.6-liter turbo four engine capable of producing 175 hp and torque of 195 lb-ft. To this combination, Hyundai will throw a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission.
The global markets will also offer a 1.0-liter turbo four and 1.6-liter turbodiesel. However, Hyundai is also promising an electric powertrain option with the range of 200 miles.
The model will, on the other hand, use the strut suspension in the front and the rear setup will differ between configurations. The front-wheel drive models will get a torsion-beam axle while the multi-link setup will be on the all-wheel drive versions.
2018 Hyundai Kona: Arrival, Price
The 2018 Hyundai Kona should debut at the next Frankfurt Auto Show. The sales should start late this year or early next. Expect the base price to start from about $20k.