Hyundai Kona has been revealed, and the subcompact SUV does look quite distinct and intriguing. It has gone on sale in South Korea, and will be introduced in Europe in August and in the US in December this year. Hyundai have named it after a holiday destination on the Hawaiian Islands, as are other names of the brand like the Santa Fe. Hyundai have said that an electric powered Kona is also on the cards by next year.
The Kona has a fresh new design, that takes inspiration from the i30, and is also downright aggressive by its segment standards. The LED headlamps are sharp looking and there is plastic cladding on the sides and wheel arches, giving it more of a rugged appeal.
The Kona will have options in terms of powertrain. Internationally, it is powered by a 2-litre four-cylinder engine that makes 147 hp and 179 Nm of torque, and is paired to six-speed transmission. This engine, Hyundai says, is capable of doing 0-100 kmph in around 10 seconds and a top speed of about 194 kmph.
The interior of the Kona gets several tech gadgets. The infotainment system will support Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, HD radio and 4G telematics. It will come with console-based wireless charging - a segment first. The system also includes the car prompting the driver if s/he is leaving their phone behind while exiting the car and when the phone is fully charged. (Pictured here: The Intrado Concept on which the Kona is based.)
It will have heads up display, which will have speed, sat-nav directions, audio info and more, however the system will not project the info on the windscreen, but instead will use a glass that folds away when not in use. For safety, it gets features like Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist that uses a front-facing camera to detect a potential collision and automatically engages brakes, and lane-keeping assist and a driver-attention warning system. Other safety features are radar-based blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert.
Hyundai have also planned to unveil an Iron Man special edition of the Kona. The limited edition car will be 40mm wider, and will get cosmetic additions such as LEDs beneath a matt grey bonnet and 19-inch wheel badged with an Iron Man Mask.
It is not yet clearly known whether the Kona will make its way to India, or how many of the features mentioned will make part of the Indian version. However, when launched, it would sit between the Hyundai Creta and the Tucson, and will likely be introduced here by end 2017 or early 2018.
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