Admitting the fact that the automobile brand is kind of late to the small SUV party, the head of product management at Hyundai, Raf Van Nuffel announced the Hyundai Kona at an official launch event.
The new model is coming up to take on the Nissan Juke and Citroen C3 Aircross, two different models that have been enjoying a strong fan base for a long time now.
When making small SUVs, the designers should have a tight focus on making it look sporty and stylish. The Kona has been made from the ground up to be an appealing choice for youngsters which the company believes will help them stand apart from the competition. “Our late entry is something we like to cope up with by offering the best performance and most importantly striking design aspects that should set our small SUV apart. There’s such a rife competition and we are ready for it,” Van Nuffel said in a confident tone during the launch event.
A bold design has been rendered to the new Hyundai Kona featuring a cascading grille, twin headlights and all-black body cladding. The grille is quite large which has been appropriately accentuated by a slim and sleek body giving it the much needed sportier look. The car also features a short rear overhang, low roofline, roof bars and all the standard equipment found in any other SUV model. The designers also worked with a strong notion that the success of a car relies on keeping the interior consistent across all their models. The Kona is largely inspired by the existing Hyundai models making it easier for their customers to get accustomed to the features within.
Under the bonnet, the Kona is powered by a 1.0-liter three cylinder engine in the entry level car. The engine can produce up to 118 horsepower combined with 175 Nm of torque. The entry level variant uses a manual gearbox with a front wheel drive system and the company doesn’t offer any options to upgrade it to an automatic transmission setup. Next in the line is 1.6-liter four cylinder engine with 175 horsepower. It features a seven speed dual clutch system with four wheel drive and can reach 62 mph in just 7.9 seconds.
The dashboard is dominated by a large 8-inch display and there is also a 4.2-inch color unit upgrade for the secondary TFT screen. The Hyundai Kona supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto among all the bells and whistles expected of a sporty small SUV of this generation.